Trelights, Port Isaac, PL29 3TF
Set in tranquil North Cornwall, The Longcross is surrounded by Cornish countryside and home to a series of charming rooms, landscaped gardens and a stunning conservatory-style restaurant that boasts a tempting array of freshly prepared fare. Despite its secluded setting, The Longcross is well-connected to the surrounding area. It’s just 15 minutes’ drive to the beaches at Polzeath, and within walking distance of Port Isaac. You could even rent a bike and cycle the Camel Trail into Padstow, or take a day trip to the nearby Eden Project. Once a Victorian residence, the rooms are spacious and airy and several boast gorgeous sea views across the Atlantic. If you’re looking for added privacy, why not book a stay in The Longcross’s self-catering eco lodge? Or perhaps you’ll treat yourself and the family to a break in the Coach House suite – a building separate to the main hotel that boasts two double rooms as well as a twin room and a comfy lounge. Over in the restaurant, new head chef Andrew Evans has given the menu an exciting revamp, incorporating tasty new dishes that celebrate local ingredients. For breakfast, choices range from crunchy homemade granola to avocado-coddled egg, and those with a heartier appetite will love the luxurious full Cornish breakfast. At lunchtime, the selection of light bites offers smoked mackerel pâté on toast, soup of the day and homemade sandwiches, while dishes like breaded scampi and chips and the juicy Longcross burger are the perfect fuel for an afternoon of exploring the Cornish countryside. The evening menu changes seasonally but you can always be sure of a tasty and varied selection. While starters include the likes of braised Hereford snails, and heritage beetroot with whipped goat’s cheese, the mains list offers up hearty dishes such as wild nettle dumplings with peas, broad beans and asparagus, and succulent lamb breast with salsa verde and lamb jus gras. Finish up with a sumptuous dessert: opt for the creamy buttermilk pudding with poached rhubarb and shortbread, or perhaps the indulgent cheese platter. You must try the Sunday lunch. With roast topside of beef served with bone marrow gravy and horseradish, and Tudges rare breed pork belly with apple sauce and cider and mustard gravy on offer, it should come as no surprise that chef Andrew won the Observer Food Monthly award for Best Sunday Roast. Offering superb food in an elegant setting, The Longcross is a real gem.