“Refined cooking on the Roseland Peninsula” - AA Inspector
The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef and reassessment will take place in due course. Perched on cliffs overlooking Gerrans Bay, elegant Driftwood hotel is set within seven acres of grounds leading down to a private beach. The coastal views from the open-plan dining room are stunning and the welcome is as warm as the ambience is relaxed. Clothed tables, gleaming glassware and polished cutlery add finesse to the room with its cushioned white wood chairs adding a New England edge. Attentive and friendly staff display impressive knowledge when it comes to the food and the wine list. A well balanced octopus carpaccio with Isle of Wight tomatoes, verjus and ginger dressing, watermelon and cucumber is an enjoyable way to begin and it could be followed by barbecued and glazed rib of shorthorn beef, grelot onions, radish cooked with beef fat, smoked ox tongue and curds and whey dressing. If tip-top local fish is more your thing, Cornish turbot is served with Jersey Royals, brown shrimp and whipped roe and sea herbs. Finish with burnt honey pannacotta, yogurt, Sauternes raisins, almond and chamomile.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 34
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: early December to early February (subject to change)
- Wines under £30: 4
- Wines over £30: 60
- Wines by the glass: 6
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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