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The Gurnard's Head
Ranked #1 of 6 Zennor B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Yummy food”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

Booked to have lunch here over the Easter weekend. Service was really good and the food was very tasty and some really nice dishes to choose from. I would suggest you book as I can imagine the place gets very busy. A friend that I was with had an egg allergy and the chef kindly made her a wonderful fruit salad - it was really beautifully made, not just some tinned pineapple. The team there are also really friendly and helpful. Also some great local art is displayed here which you can purchase. Do include this pub on your list of things to do if you are in the area visiting.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Shoreline
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68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2014

I didn't stay at the hotel, so I can't speak to the accommodations. However, the restaurant is top-notch, and the hotel hosts a nature coast walk by a local botanist. The walk is focused on identifying and collecting edible local plants - which are then included in your post-ramble lunch.

And the walk, along the coast, is fantastic.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Desperately wanted to love this place – and just couldn’t. We came for a long Bank Holiday weekend- seeking what we thought would be a kind of rustic, ‘hip’ hotel; or a comfortable pub with rooms, and places to sit by a fire and relax after a cliff walk or an indulgent lunch. We were disappointed.
We know Cornwall extremely well. Our friends and family had visited here for lunch. Staying here is a whole different thing.
The setting is special. Zennor, and this stretch of coastline west of St Ives, is one of the most spectacular in all Britain. The landscape, the light, the sense of history are incomparable. But this hotel is less special.
Arriving in the evening, we struggled to find a staff member in the bar to check our booking and show us to our room. Once we did, the welcome was proud and warm.
The rooms are only just OK. All are small. Views over the kitchen roof and the car parks are disappointing. Recently refurbished bathrooms are good, and everything worked well. But the general décor lacks a finish, and is all somehow rather dusty and shabby. Not in a chic way.
We arrived in time for dinner and were well looked after in the buzzy restaurant. Mackerel starter and delicious lamb went well – but after three days, we were struggling to find other choices in a limited menu, probably designed for short breaks.
Breakfast is good, full of tasty, local produce. Tables beautifully set, like a magazine shoot, this felt like the most confident and luxurious moment of the stay. But later-rising guests found the bread was almost finished, and when they asked for more were told there was none, by a brusque and rudely unapologetic South-African staff member. Shame.
But our biggest disappointment was in the lack of space to just sit, talk or read, or drink or – if the weather is bad – pass an afternoon by the fire. Restaurant places have invaded the pub area. Lunch and dinner are sold out most weekends, leaving only an uncomfortable corridor in which to collapse, or you could retreat to the tiny rooms. SO much could be improved here with a simple re-organisation of the space, and some more consideration for the residents. We were blessed with fabulous weather, but if the Cornish rain had come in, I am pretty sure we would have packed and left early.
Come here for perhaps an overnight. Be sure to ask for the biggest room. Get down early to breakfast. And join the lobby to have them create a residents’ sitting area!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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eatdrinksleep, Owner at The Gurnard's Head, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Thank you for your thoughts. It sounds as if you stayed last year (as you stayed on a Bank Holiday), since when we've done what you rightly suggest and made space for those not eating with us by turning what felt like a corridor into a snug with sofas and a couple of extra drinking tables. Guests seem to be really happy with the change. We've also looked hard at the finish in the bedrooms and made improvements there as well as refurbishing the loos downstairs. If you do have the chance to visit again, please do: I'd so hope you find it more in line with what you expected.
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cardiff
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Popped in a few weeks ago for dessert and coffee. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Saw sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream on the menu and ordered it with a de-caff coffee. Not being a fan of clotted cream I asked if I could have ice-cream instead, which was no problem. The dessert was seriously delicious and the de-caff was one of the best I've ever had. Got the bill only to see I'd been charged one pound fifty extra for the ice-cream on top of the normal dessert cost...staff did not say I'd be charged for the swop, and this left a bad taste in the mouth after what had been a really good experience.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gloucestershire
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2014

We just stumbled across this lovely pub and had a wonderful lunch. So surprised they took dogs, and ours could fit under the table very nicely. I had the beef stew and my husband had lamb both mouth watering. We both also had desert, which were also delicious. Staff friendly and welcoming, could not do enough for us. We would highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2014

Warmly welcomed from the start to this perfect idyll. Fantastic rooms, great staff, lovely food, fantastic ambience, special thanks to Jade for whom nothing, no matter how small, was too much trouble.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

I love the gurnard's head we stay everything we go to Cornwall and are never disappointed, a home away from home.
Food is always exceptional, seasonal and fresh, with friendly and attentive service.
They made us feel comfortable with children and dogs :)

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Gurnard's Head
Address: Treen, Zennor TR26 3DE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Zennor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Zennor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A famous old coaching inn on West Cornwall's beautiful Atlantic coast. Under new ownership since April 2006 and now restored to former glories. Simply decorated rooms, lunch and supper from the freshest of Cornish ingredients, outstanding views to the Atlantic and the neghbouring moorland. ... more   less 
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The Gurnard's Head Zennor, Cornwall

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