We have been regulars ( as are many other customers ) for 15 years and readers need to see our review in 2013 which explains why.
We had learnt that the hotel had now changed hands so wanted to check it out this week.
Rooms are still smallish but the staff, menu and food previously made up for that........but not now.
Some staff remain from the previous owners and they are great, understanding needs and attention to detail on tables etc. but the menu is now the same in the bar and the restaurant and is, in the words of the new management, " modern ". For modern read complex, over-priced, lacking decent vegetables and variety. The menu changed regularly in the old days but stays the same now...we found it difficult to pick any thing different (that we liked) in the 3 days we were there and seriously considered eating elsewhere on day 3.
As usual we were looking for good fresh fish dishes, simply cooked but what we got was good fish swimming in a Chorizo oil or a Dover Sole in a watery grape juice......not good. The rib eye steak was good but we were forced into this due to distrusting the way the fish and other dishes were cooked. We mentioned our concerns twice but whether the new owners will take the comments on board (see also other recent reviews) we wonder?
A personal survey of other customers this week also teased out the same concerns. We all loved this place and were so disappointed to see how it has changed.
We have written separately to the owners to emphasise that change is accepted for rooms, restaurant tables and decor but please, please, do not tinker with the previously brilliant menus and ingredients. Unless this changes we (and our group of golfers) will not be back, sorry.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The AA 5 star, 2 Rosette rated 17th-century Port Gaverne Hotel is nestled in a beautiful secluded cove on North Cornwall’s dramatic coast. Enjoy seasonal, star-quality food inspired by the bounty on our doorstep. Relax in our traditional old bar with slate floors, wooden beams and a wide range of proper ales. Your dishes will be cooked simply and with integrity by Head Chef James Lean and his team, who have learnt their trade under some of the UK’s top Michelin-star chefs. With antique furniture and traditional features, no two bedrooms are the same at Port Gaverne. Facilities include free wifi, Sky TV, Nespresso coffee machines, en-suite bathrooms with a hairdryer and Molton Brown toiletries. And a hearty full Cornish breakfast is always included in the price. The beautiful, peaceful North Cornwall Heritage Coast is on our doorstep, with the beach just moments away. Port Isaac is a 5-minute walk away, or the large sandy beach at Polzeath is a 15-minute drive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Port Gaverne Hotel Cornwall