Panelled dining rooms and ornate ceilings traditionally go hand in hand with starched table linen and waiting staff in uniforms, but eating at Harlyn Bay is an unapologetically unstuffy affair. The 15th-century mansion combines oodles of character and original features with a zeitgeisty emphasis on local produce and easy dining.
Start with a kitchen-garden cocktail (try Lavender Number 1) in the floral oval bar before heading to The Restaurant where a jovial front of house team manage affairs with casual precision.
A selection of plant-based starters crafted around produce plucked from the hotel’s vegetable plot, greenhouse and polytunnel make for a fantastically rustic kick-off.
This commendable commitment to all things local continues in the next course via simple dishes such as garden onion soup, and Kernow lamb loin. The kitchen and garden teams work closely to craft a 25-mile menu, celebrating Cornish farms, Atlantic waters and same-day produce.
In summer there’s the option to feast on wood-fired chargrilled meats on outdoor terrace The Lobster Shed. Pair your meal with interesting finds from a wine list that includes bespoke tipple Devon Minnow from Castlewood Vineyard.
The main mansion offers bedrooms with views across Harlyn Bay or the gardens, but for a back-to-nature vibe opt for a room in the traditional courtyard Stonehouse, or hunker down in one of the romantic Garden Wagons.