Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, TR8 4DQ
Tucked away on the North coast of Cornwall is an eco-haven that offers pure indulgent escapism at its very best. The Scarlet hotel is an adult-only spa hotel providing guests with the opportunity to relax, dine, swim and sleep with unbeatable views of the dramatic Atlantic Ocean.
I was lucky enough to be asked to review The Scarlet Restaurant and so I ventured out, on a wet and windy Saturday, to Mawgan Porth to sample the day’s menu. Upon arrival, my companion and I were swiftly seated in the beautiful atrium-style restaurant that, even on a grey day, was flooded with light. We began our visit by soaking up the sea views before sampling the fresh bread and browsing the impressively varied menu. A perfect match for the simple but stylish surroundings, the menu here offers classic European dishes to delight every palate. The lunch menu includes firm favourites with interesting flavour twists and after much to-ing and fro-ing I finally settled on a starter of crab and sweetcorn fritters with saffron mayonnaise. This dish was both light and flavoursome – the perfect choice to whet my appetite. I followed it with the day’s special of mushroom ragu on a bed of truffle polenta, which was mouth-watering and rich – a taste revelation. My friend dined on ham hock croquettes to start, before opting for a main of pakora fish sandwich with celeriac remoulade and tomato chutney. Both were eagerly devoured and enjoyed.
Our visit confirmed that The Scarlet Restaurant really is the place to go if you’re looking for a comfortable and luxurious escape with an unbeatable window to the beauty of the Cornish countryside. The service and facilities are impeccable, the food and drink creative, and the surroundings stunning. We thoroughly enjoyed catching up over a leisurely lunch and we rounded off our meal by sharing the West Country cheese platter, which came with homemade biscuits and tangy chutney. We ended our meal in the best way possible: sipping on freshly brewed coffee whilst planning our next visit. We look forward to stopping by after work to check out the outdoor terrace and order a couple of evening tipples.