We have been coming to Port Gaverne for 2-3 weeks a year for the past 6 years normally staying in one of the cottages at Gullrock and eating at the Port Gaverne Hotel every evening of our stays.We had heard at the end of our last visit (in May) that the Port Gaverne Hotel had been bought by St Austell brewery. We booked a one night stay at the hotel this time because we were meeting up with other members of family (who were staying elsewhere). On our arrival, we were greeted by a lady on reception and pleasantries were exchanged (I wouldn't necessarily say she was polite). We were shown to our room (no 7) on the top floor having clambered up 2 flights of quite steep stairs, the room had low beams across one of the beds (you had to limbo to get to the chair by the bed) and only one small window which meant the room was hot & stuffy. The bathroom was functional with the toilet squeezed next to the bath and a basin but no proper shower which was surprising in this day & age and especially for the cost of the room. We had noticed that the carpet in the bar area was new and new furniture was also on view so we decided that we would spend the afternoon sat around one of the tables outside the hotel. We had also pre-booked one of the tables indoors for our evening meal but changed our plans to stay at our outside table given the lovely weather. In addition to the more fancy / pricey menu (compared with pre St Austell), the hotel had set up a barbecue for people to choose from as well. We all chose from the barbecue (sea bass, pork belly or darlings) plus choice of side salads, etc and this was all served in a cardboard pizza type box (novel and perhaps meant as a fancy take on fish & chips). Personally, I thought the food I had was really nice (I had the sea bass) and we all decided to have a pudding. Our table was cleared and our puddings arrived minutes later with the waitress saying 'Oh, I suppose you'll want some spoons to eat them with' - normal practice, one assumes, is to bring the cutlery out before the food. What did appear to be a problem for some of the staff was that the tables outside hadn't been allocated numbers so everyone eating was given a wooden spoon with a number on it but there was nothing on the tables to hold the spoon for the staff to see - cue the haphazard scenes of some members of staff going in and out shouting out various numbers !! On the plus side, the hotel is still dog friendly, the breakfast was excellent and it was good to see (& speak to) some of the staff retained from the previous regime. I sincerely hope that things get better before our next visit in October......
- 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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- Port Gaverne Hotel Cornwall