Review: The Llawnroc, Gorran Haven

Mimi ON Oct 10, 2011 AT 9:37 am

The Llawnroc patio area

The Llawnroc patio area

By Emma Skipper

After a grueling summer of work and mini-breaks that were slightly less than relaxing (thanks to jaunts to Malaga and the south of France), I was in need of a serious break from the bustle. With this in mind I took the opportunity to grab my car and drive for a very scenic 5hrs from London to a secluded bay in Gorran Haven, Cornwall, to spend a few nights in the newly opened Llawnroc Hotel.

The Llawnroc opened in June this year and is in the most beautiful location. It sits on a hill that descends into a tiny bay in the fisherman’s village Gorran Haven, which lies on the most eastern point of the Roseland Peninsula. The hotel itself is chic and clean with muted grey and purple accents everywhere, brilliant local artwork adorning the walls and an incredible chandelier in the lobby. As we arrived we were given a tour of the large Gwineas bar, pleasantly large outside veranda, fine dining restaurant (where breakfast is also served from 8-10am) and a very nice visitors’ sitting room where guests are invited to relax outside their rooms.

Our bedroom

Our bedroom

The hotel itself is small with only 18 rooms (which each sleep 2 unless you need extra for little ones), however the space is excellent and very roomy, with the public areas able to accommodate far more than 36 people. The rooms themselves are also excellently proportioned and very well equipped with a safe, hairdryer, hot drinks facilities, flat screen TV, balcony (most with an excellent sea view over Gorran Haven), Playstation 3(!) and my personal favourite, Anne Semonin bath products in the bathroom. The double beds were absolutely huge and there was even a pillow menu for the more particular guest that likes their sleep just-so (we were very tempted by the memory foam).

The Fine Dining Restaurant

The Fine Dining Restaurant

Having driven the 5 hour drive from London my companion and I arrived absolutely starving, so were both very happy to find that not only was there the chilled out Gwineas bar area and bistro with a great food menu but also that there was also a fine dining restaurant as well. We had booked into the fine dining restaurant and head down for an early sitting. The menu is small, well selected by the head chef and always changing, meaning that you’re getting the best produce around at the time. The restaurant itself has a good atmosphere but was very smart – as the fine dining label would suggest. The quiet ambiance and tentative waiters and waitresses made you feel as though you were really having a treat (if this isn’t your style, definitely try the Gwineas bar area as that is a lot less formal), but if that didn’t do it for you, the six courses might…

The menu itself was only three course, however when you put the amazing homemade bread, mini dish pre-starter and pre-dessert and the petit-four, you’ve got the equivalent of six courses on your hands! My guest and I both went for a scallops, crab cake and apple jus starter – which was cooked to perfection – followed by a venison dish for my guest and a seabass main for myself. The vension was delicious but my seabass was beyond the pale, served with mussels and an amazingly tasty white sauce. Plus if that wasn’t enough, the desserts were delicious and we would both wholeheartedly recommend the chocolate mousse, it was out of this world.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The next day we spent our time meandering around the amazing Lost Gardens of Heligan, situated about 10 mins drive away, driving around the coastal roads without a map, stumbling across the most heavenly coves and beaches (of which there are hundreds in the area so we would definitely recommend ‘winging it’ for a few hours to see what you find) and doing a spot of shopping in the nearest large fishing village, Mevagissy. As a result we were absolutely shattered in the evening so opted for a casual meal downstairs on the bar terrace (which coincidently has the most amazingly comfortable outdoor furniture) where we equally impressed with the food and the service, which both went down a treat in the early evening sun.

Both my guest and I enjoyed our time at the The Llawnroc immensely and the hotel is worth a visit purely to see the views from the rooms and the terrace, although the fine dining restaurant is excellent as well. There are all sorts of activities to do around in the local area as well, so if you want to make the most of your stay, make sure you’ve got a car (it would be hard to access without one anyway) and probably a sat-nav as well as the roads in the area can be very confusing!

For prices and more information visit www.thellawnrochotel.co.uk or call 01726 843461.

 

 

 

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