You’ll find Bedruthan Hotel high on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Mawgan Porth Beach. Located near to the famous surfing hub of Newquay, The Scarlet Hotel‘s arty sister proves to be an ideal backdrop for families looking to explore North Cornwall…
We arrived at Bedruthan on a brisk Monday afternoon in Mid-December, after a day spent exploring the Cornish coast. We had been invited to visit as part of their current Supper & Stay Package and we were keen to discover what the hotel had to offer during the off-peak winter months.
Upon arrival, we discovered that Bedruthan’s unique interior design sets it apart from the chic, adults-only Scarlet Hotel next door. The buildings mid-century architecture is enhanced by the technicolour colour scheme throughout. Original artwork from local artists adorn many of its white walls and quirky textiles rub shoulders with fun accessories. There’s a crafty, almost naive quality to the aesthetic, with the occasional nod or two to the hotel’s coastal location. At first this seems like quite an unusual choice of interior design, but the more you explore the venue, the more in-keeping this feels. At its core, Bedruthan is a premium family hotel and this is reflected in every pink cushion, luxurious orange sofa and the occasion sea blue accent.
Sustainability also lays at the heart of Bedruthan and this is reflected in the hotel’s innovative design. Sections of the grounds are allowed to grow wild and the green roof over the villas and The Herring Restaurant encourages the growth of wildflowers. This helps to support the natural environment of indigenous butterflies, bumblebees, moths, lizards and small mammals that live around the coastline.
Our room for the night took the form of a Sea View Double – meaning we could kick back in comfy armchairs and watch the sunset over Mawgan Porth Beach shortly after check-in.
For just two people, the room was incredibly spacious and much like the rest of the hotel, the decor was contemporary and vibrant. A colourful graphic poster adorned one wall; while funky furniture and textiles came in eye-popping shades of pink and green.
Our equally spacious bathroom featured a large bath, a waterfall shower and complimentary Cornish-made toiletries (which were both sustainable and smelled divine). It ought to be noted that our bathroom also featured a large picture window. Presumably, this is designed to offer you the very same unspoiled coastal vistas from the comfort of your morning shower.
After settling into our room, we decided to head down to the bar for pre-dinner cocktails. A few young families were also staying at the hotel and while this might not be ideal for everyone, we still managed to find plenty of quiet corners where we could sit back and enjoy our drinks undisturbed. So, after much deliberation (there’s a two page G&T menu) we settled on a festive cocktail and a negroni, before sinking into the comfy sofas by the ballroom fire.
Food & Drink
Dining at Bedruthan is a relaxed and informal affair. You can either opt to enjoy an early supper with the little ones or – for couples and families with older children – you can indulge in a 3-course dinner in The Herring Restaurant.
As part of our package, we headed down to The Herring: a contemporary space with wide terrace windows that offer sweeping views of the coast beyond.
Diners can expect a quiet and intimate dining experience with a menu that makes the most of Cornwall’s produce. There’s always fresh fish on the menu, as well as local meats and seasonal vegetables and sauces made fresh in the kitchens.
To start, we opted for a Cornish Crab Salad and A Crispy Egg & Butternut Squash dish. Both dishes were decidedly safe but tasty. The ingredients were clearly fresh and hadn’t been overly complicated. The only minor issue we had with our starter was the addition of a whole red chilli in the crab salad – perfect if you like your dishes hot but not so much if you aren’t into spicy food. That being said, the crispy egg was perfectly runny and the butternut was tender and moreish.
For our mains, we enjoyed two lovely dishes of Duck and Hake respectively. The fish was expertly cooked, demonstrating both meaty white flesh and a crisp and buttery skin. Likewise the seasonal vegetables were nicely done, retaining both flavour and bite.
The duck was served very rare and the skin was extremely crispy. Personally, we enjoy our duck cooked this way and felt that the meat was nicely executed. We also felt that it paired very well with the addition of sweet plums and tender root vegetables.
To wash it all down, we got stuck into a bottle of the House Red (Bushranger Shiraz from South-East Australia). This was another decidedly safe option but it made for easy drinking and most red wine drinkers would no doubt enjoy it.
We were pleasantly surprised by the relaxed restaurant setting. The Herring appears to be an ideal venue for couples who want to enjoy a spot of grown up dining while the little ones are safely tucked up in bed. Likewise, the restaurant will no doubt come into its own during the summer months, when candlelit tables and stunning coastal views can be enjoyed late into the evening.
Things To Do
Sadly, the spa facilities were closed during our visit. However, the Sensory Garden looked so good we’re keen to head back one day to give it a whirl.
Instead, we were keen to get up close and personal with Mawgan Porth beach; having witnessed the sunrise over the ocean from the comfort of bed. So, after a hearty Cornish breakfast in the Wild Cafe, we ventured out into the wintery morning air and went for a stroll. You can easily access the beach from the hotel and it’s well worth the descent to enjoy the gorgeous views.
Before we checked out, we also took a peek around the onsite gift shop. In true Cornish fashion, this is stocked with all manner of lovely ceramics, stationery and the work of local artists. We had to resist the urge to spurge our cash, but the shop is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for gifts or homewares.
What’s included in the Bedruthan Supper & Stay Package?
- One-night stay
- A bottle of fizz to enjoy
- A three course dinner in the Herring restaurant
- Cornish breakfast in the Wild Café
- Unlimited use of our indoor spa facilities
- Lazy 1pm checkout
Prices start from £179 per room for a one-night break Sunday – Friday. This is based on two sharing a non-sea view double or twin room. This break is bookable online only, and is available until 27th March 2020.