Tintagel Arms Hotel
Situated on Fore Street in the centre of the historic village of Tintagel, The Tintagel Arms has been undergoing a stylish overhaul and is fast gaining a reputation for quality dining and excellent service. Overseen by charming manager and owner Dawn, this venue is particularly popular with locals – always a good sign for out-of-town visitors.
Using only the best produce, much of it sourced locally, head chef Michael Moore compiles an appealing daily specials menu made up of plenty of tempting, locally caught fish options, as well as mouth-watering meat dishes. Try the creamy homemade fish pie, the juicy fillet steak with Stilton sauce, or the gin and blood orange duck – a huge array of spirits and wine at the bar ensures there’s an impressive selection of tipples to accompany these mouth-watering dishes.
With the ceiling decked in twinkling fairy lights and a roaring wood-burning fire in the dining room, the atmosphere at Tintagel Arms Hotel is cosy and welcoming. On the standard evening menu, the huge range of starters and mains means there’s something to please everyone, including spicy chicken wings, box-baked Camembert, beer-battered fish and chips, juicy steak, homemade lasagne, burgers and creative vegetarian options. Give the chef 24 hours’ notice and he’ll be happy to buy in and serve the fish of your choice.
Elegantly presented, the pan-fried fillet of wild sea bass, which was served with creamy saffron and white wine sauce atop a bed of crushed new potatoes, was a delicate delight. My partner’s excellent Provençal seafood stew – a flavourful bowl of prawns, razor clams, scampi and cod resting in a rich tomato, garlic and wine sauce – was reminiscent of a French bouillabaisse and every bit as tasty. We’d begun our meal by sharing a starter of smoked salmon and crème fraîche to ensure we saved room to sample one of the delectable desserts on offer. After some deliberation, we opted for Eton Mess and a divine frozen passion fruit parfait on a buttery biscuit base.
The restaurant ethos is to provide delicious, proper food that’s well cooked and fairly priced. ‘Arrive hungry, leave happy’ is the restaurant’s motto and that’s exactly what we did.