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“Changed but not for the better”
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Port Gaverne Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Gaverne
Certificate of Excellence
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Changed but not for the better”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We have just returned from a 4 day break at this lovely old Inn. Our last visit was 3 years ago and we were so impressed then by all it had to offer.Location,hotel,staff and food all being 1st class. Unfortunately,whilst the first 3 mentioned are still as they were the food menu is not. Both bar and restaurant offer the same menu and while this might appeal to some I believe that there should be a choice of menus given. If I choose fine dining I will elect to eat in a restaurant but if I want good,home cooked locally produced bar meals I would choose to eat in the bar.I found the menu both unappealing and expensive. I would also suggest that the details on the web site
are altered as this still shows sample menus from both bar and restaurant meals. We will still return as it has much to offer but it saddens me to see such changes made and I also know other guests and staff share my concerns. Thanks to Sue,Graham and Katie for looking after us so well.Sad that Katie and another member of staff have resigned. One final request PLEASE bring back bar menu

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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555 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

We stopped and enjoyed a very refreshing and well kept pint from a friendly and ideally situated inn on the Coastal path. It was glorious weather so we sat outside but it was clear walkers were welcomed. Whilst we did not eat in, many of the other tables were occupied by patrons eating their lunch. The helpings looked large, the ingredients fresh and appetising. As the meals seemed competitively priced, we will certainly try a meal there next time we are passing...and another pint of course...there seemed to be three local brews on offer so it might be long lunch!

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Been coming to Port Gavern fir almost 20 years, seen a few changes but most things stayed the same.
Now that St Austell Brewery have bought the business the changes are different.
Some loyal staff missing good chef no longer cooking at his best. Menu sane every night.
But early days may get better with time, but wouldn't rush bak as locals see to have deserted the place.
They now have Sky TV if that helps

Room Tip: Best in old part of hotel
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 July 2014

My daughter and I arrived at the Port Gaverne Hotel on Friday, June 27, 2014 around 4 PM. We were greeted by several people sitting outside at the tables and chairs provided. Everyone seemed so happy and content, we knew we were going to enjoy our stay. We took our luggage to reception and checked in. Paul showed us to our room, number 14. He helped us with our bags and made sure we had everything we needed. We turned right around and headed up the hill to Port Isaac to take a quick look around the village. We returned an hour later and the same people were sitting outside, clearly relaxing and having a wonderful time. We joined in and had a drink with them. Our three days there just got better from that point on. The food was delicious - perhaps the best mussels we've ever had. The mains were so good that we ended up eating two of our dinners there, even though we promised ourselves to try a different restaurant each night. The pub area was so comfortable, with overstuffed benches and comfy chairs. The entire staff was gracious and helpful, especially Jenny. She worked so hard, but always had a quick smile and a wink of an eye. There was so much to do in the area. We walked many of the coastal paths, revisited Port Isaac, popped in and out of many shops in the village, but always looked forward to returning to the hotel. On one occasion, the shuttle up the hill was not available, so Jackie, one of the owners, hopped in her own car and drove us into the village. That's the kind of hospitality we found every day. We met and chatted with people from all over the world, each enjoying their stay at the hotel. And there is parking available! It was very difficult to leave the hotel on Monday morning. We are going to try our best to get back to this wonderful hotel and stay for a week or more. It's a long way from Boston, MA, USA, but it's worth the effort.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 14 and felt it was a perfect room. It was very spacious and had a view of the har...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I stayed for nearly a week in this fabulous little place with my sister and my mom. It is right next to (and a short walk to) Port Isaac which is the setting for the Doc Martin series. The setting is so magnificent, you can almost see the Cornish fishermen or famous Cornish Smugglers pulling their boats in as you watch the sunset over the water. You can wade far out into the caves during low tide just outside the doors of the hotel. The food is marvelous, and we found ourselves reluctant to venture out anywhere else to eat!! If you go, you HAVE to try the sticky toffee pudding. Words cannot describe. The hotel has an old-timey feel with skeleton keys for the doors, but the rooms have been very well and recently redone. There is lots to explore in the area, and it is a wonderful, quaint, relaxing place to which to return each night!! I would love to go back! It truly made our holiday a trip to remember!!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Keighley, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

called here for sunday lunch it was so good we went the following sunday excellent food and service. We were sat outside as the weather was hot and the staff even brought water for the dogs. Wwas on holiday and will be going back next year

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bromsgrove, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Surely Treasure Island was written with this lovely little harbour and the hotel in mind, at the attractive and atmospheric hotel we expected to see a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder stood at the bar, we did see two local fishermen who were singers in the famous Fishermen's choir. Our four day stay was peaceful and idyllic and we just could not miss dinner every night in the well run hotel restaurant, we had pre-dinner drinks sat on the guests balcony and saw some wonderful sunsets. The menu was interesting and varied but we could not describe in words the superb dishes set before us, we went for the local fish dishes and every one was delectable, along with the excellent wine list, our favourite dish was the fish pie or for me was it the mountain of mussels so beautifully cooked in an exquisite sauce. Our room was large and very comfortable and even the noisy plumbing sounded like ships fog horns in the distance and not in the least disturbing. The unspoilt cove was a hive of boating activity with a lovely walk over the wooden bridge to natural beauty of the unspoilt cliffs, we fell in love with this place.

Room Tip: Two rooms overlook the harbour and open out on to the residents balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Port Gaverne Hotel
Address: Port Gaverne | Port Issac, Port Gaverne PL29 3SQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Port Gaverne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Gaverne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Port Gaverne Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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