RestaurantsCornwallPort IsaacPL29

survey result

Summary

£65
  £££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A quirky hotel and restaurant serving excellent local fish” – this whitewashed, seventeenth-century hotel in a coastal bay is “always outstanding”. Chef James Lean (appointed in 2015) oversees a menu that’s naturally fish-focused. “Friendly service and great Cornish ales” complete the picture.

Summary

£60
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“So popular with tourists and locals alike”, this seventeenth-century hotel is “a very special place” in a “secluded bay” and has a “top-end kitchen brigade”, whose “fresh and simple plates of fantastic food” are “cooked right before your eyes”. Highlights include “lobsters from the bay”, “home-grown herbs and ingredients foraged from the sea-shore”.

Summary

£55
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fish and seafood dishes are the ones to go for” at this privately run hotel and restaurant – a local “favourite” owing to the “consistent quality from the kitchen” (though service can be a tad “variable” at times).

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Port Isaac, PL29 3SQ

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Port Gaverne Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Port Gaverne Hotel Restaurant in PL29, Port Isaac by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Port Gaverne Hotel restaurant.
mrs M G
I have been coming to the Port Gaverne Hote...
Reviewed 9 months, 22 days ago

"I have been coming to the Port Gaverne Hotel for 40 years, with three different owners, and have loved staying, dining and lunching there. Previously, it was very special the hub of this small charming community, with locals coming and going, meeting at the bar for drinks and meals, and there was always a truly delightful buzzing atmosphere. The pub tables outside were always full of holiday makers and locals enjoying their pub lunches in the sun. Upon moving to Devon we used to visit often, sitting outside in the sun overlooking the bay, enjoying a two or three course pub lunch– it was our idea of a slice of paradise on earth and we loved the hotel and Port Gaverne as did all the visitors and the locals we chatted to. Last year we noticed that the prices had rocketed, so we couldn’t visit so often. Due to ill health we couldn’t visit this year until recently, and what an unpleasant shock we received! The bar menu had been removed, and a 2 course lunch was now £38 or 3 courses was £45 from the hotel restaurant, or snacks at circa £13.00 each. How can families with children possibly afford this? The place was deserted – nobody drinking in the bar, (which wasn’t surprising as 2 medium glasses of wine is now £20), nobody in the restaurant, and apart from us, only one other occupied table outside with a family who I noticed only ordered olives, chips and a drink each.. It was a pleasant sunny day with lots of holidays makers as the children were on holiday. I ordered fish and chips and had a large battered haddock, plus two tiny dipping bowls of peas and tartare sauce, which wasn’t homemade, plus some chips. Enjoyable, but not Michelin star and not worth the £28.00 charge. For a jug of Pimms, a bowl of olives, plus a small pleasant starter and my fish I was charged a total of £74.00. Unbelievably expensive for what I had eaten, and unsurprising that the hotel was so deserted. I felt sorry for the staff who looked unhappy and underworked, and who hopefully pointed out the tip section on the card machine, to us when paying. I checked The Pilchards to see if they offered a cheaper lunch, but their sharing plates for two was £85 or a Surf and Turf for £130. Unless a more affordably priced pub lunch can be provided in future, we and many others will be unable to come to Port Gaverne Hotel any longer, which is heart breaking for us. All the pleasant happy charm of the hotel has vanished becoming instead this sad deserted hotel, which was once the proud and happy hub of this delightful village community, and which doesn’t need to punch above its weight."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Dinner £38.00 £45.00

Traditional European menu

Veggies Pudding
£0.00 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
Port Isaac, PL29 3SQ
Opening hours
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