For the first time ever we enjoyed a whole week in Cornwall AND it didn’t rain, actually the sun shone all week so we decided to stay an extra night if by some miracle we could get a room at the upmarket Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth. It was May Bank Holiday but you can but ask…. One room available and it was a dog friendly as well, so it was meant to be. The hotel itself is set on the hillside overlooking a most magnificent Cornish beach and is renowned for its beautiful art, contemporary architecture and environmental credentials. Lots of wood and glass provided light filled rooms and stylish al fresco choices to sit and enjoy lots of locally sourced food options.
As this was a special treat we decided to start with a bottle of Sancerre Rose accompanied with some of our favourite Nocellara olives, to while away some time we sat outside on that strange arty furniture that looks uncomfortable but is amazingly comfortable. The seagulls menacingly hovered above so when D decided she wanted to try the afternoon tea we took it inside. Homemade scones and jams with clotted cream, I was asked to share but decided to save myself for dinner so only half was eaten but that did require a great deal of discipline as it was pretty perfect. After snacking a snooze was required so we retired to our room chilled and readied ourselves for the evening.
The bar is very well designed and as you would expect incredibly well decorated and furnished with those arty stylish types in mind……. We fitted in nicely, joking apart everyone would feel comfortable and chilled. One comment to make is that they had no cucumber for the Hendricks and the spirits were, well, independent and not many brands which made you try new stuff but I was a tad surprised as you would expect both brands plus independents would give the choice customers would want at this type of place. That said The Scarlet is trying to be different and proud of it.
The menu was small but a perfect mix of meat, seafood, veggie and everything was tempting. We both ordered the same dishes, pork belly and black pudding for starters.
Veal for mains…..
Absolutely delicious, perfectly presented with lots of panache, faultless.
Another fantastic Cornish sunset, sat in the huge windows with Mrs S, it really doesn’t get any better.
We finished off some more Sancerre Rose and I had a half bottle of an excellent Rioja Gran Reserva with a lovely cheese board which we shared in the “retreat”.
It isn’t cheap but now and again a place like this, you just got to go for it.