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Gurnards Head

British, Modern Restaurant in Treen

Gurnards Head, -, Treen, TR26 3DE
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2016 Survey Result
Overall Value
3.5
out of 5
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3.5
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In “deepest Cornwall” – on the coastal path between Land’s End and St Ives and with “breathtaking, windswept vistas” – this famous cliff-top venue combines a “lovely, characterful dining room” and a more casual, flagstone-floored bar. By (almost) all accounts, the food is “delicious” and “well priced” too.
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Last Orders 9 pm
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Gurnards Head Restaurant Reviews
Reviews of Gurnards Head Restaurant in TR26, Treen by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Gurnards Head restaurant.
Paul A
The reputation of the Gurnard’s Head seem...
Overall Value
2
out of 5
Food 
Service 
Ambience 
Reviewed 6 days ago

"The reputation of the Gurnard’s Head seems to have spread far and wide judging from the number of foreign number plates, especially German, in the car park, but when we left the restaurant, disappointed, we had to wonder why. Although we had booked well in advance we were not offered a table in the dining room, the existence of which only became clear to us later when people drifted in on the off chance and were seated there, although it was doubtful whether we would have escaped the pub-level muzak anywhere. The service varied from the cheerful to the sullen, the main example of the latter being when we pointed out that we had been undercharged and we got the impression that we were thereby making more work for the poor soul behind the bar. The wine list contained some interesting bottles and a low mark-up and plenty of helpful explanations from the restaurant’s consultant on why all the wines were really good. My wife started with dunkable monkfish “scampi” which allowed her to make full use of the soda bread we were served, seemingly in lieu of any canapés, and came with good kohlrabi slaw, tartar sauce and some fennel cress, and I indulged my crustacean habit with some decent crab decorated with red basil leaf, pasta and basil gratin. We both chose the red gurnard in honour of the restaurant’s name and the fish was light and well-seasoned and bathing in a fairly tasteless squid ink sauce, accompanied by orange which failed to have any input, an intrusive anise gel, and roasted broccoli. The dessert choice was easily sorted; my wife indulged herself with chocolate pavé, coffee macaron and melted caramel, while I went for what turned out to be a deconstructed Eton Mess with sweet Cornish rhubarb, toasted almonds, lemon balm and chunks of meringue. Our assessment would be that this was no more than run-of-the mill even for Cornwall’s wild west, and if we pass this way again we have better dining destinations to return to."

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Grace I
Worth travelling passed the many culinary d...
Overall Value
3.5
out of 5
Food 
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Reviewed 7 months, 30 days ago

"Worth travelling passed the many culinary delights of St Ives even further west to this bright yellow pub. Innovative idea of serving two different portion sizes of the kids menu should be rolled out everywhere - after all a 5 year-old needs a lot less food than 10 year-old. They'll also provide a small version of items on the adult menu too. The sticky toffee pudding with banana ice cream is particularly good on a cold & windy day with the weather howling outside."

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Grace I
Perfect spot to watch the weather from & lo...
Overall Value
3.5
out of 5
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Service 
Ambience 
Reviewed 11 months, 4 days ago

"Perfect spot to watch the weather from & lovely food (even if the service was a bit ditzy that day). Particularly impressed with the kids menu - not only lots of choice (incl kids portions of the adult choices) but also available in two sizes & prices (1-5 years & 6-teenager) - a lovely touch as a 3 year old does not need as much food at 13 year old. The pea risotto with smoked haddock & black pudding was a big hit and the sticky toffee pudding with banana ice cream was also stood out. We'll be back."

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