Harden's survey result
This “beautiful restaurant” at a clifftop boutique hotel on the Roseland Peninsula has earned a fine reputation for “highly unusual presentations of local produce”. But it lost Chris Eden in June 2019, who left after 12 years for rival Gidleigh Park (and subsequently it also lost its Michelin star). Chris’s replacement, Oliver Pierrepoint, arrived from La Trompette in London, and has both Fera and Le Manoir on his CV. Ratings were very good all-round in the survey last year, but given all the change after its conclusion we’ve left the venue un-rated.
This “beautiful restaurant” at a clifftop boutique hotel on the Roseland Peninsula has earned a fine reputation for “highly unusual presentations of local produce”. But it lost Chris Eden in June 2019, who left after 12 years for rival Gidleigh Park (and subsequently it also lost its Michelin star). Chris’s replacement, Oliver Pierrepoint, arrived from La Trompette in London, and has both Fera and Le Manoir on his CV. Ratings were very good all-round in the survey this year, but given all the change after its conclusion we’ve left the venue un-rated.
Cornish-born Chris Eden is “a chef who knows how to please”, and his “fabulous food” is perfectly showcased in the “idyllic setting” of a clifftop boutique hotel with its own private beach on the Roseland Peninsula. Top Tip: “the lobster is truly wonderful”.
A “magical location” atop a cliff on the Roseland Peninsula is ably matched by Chris Eden’s “exceptional” and “delicious” food at this acclaimed Cape Cod-style hotel and dining room, with views of Gull’s Rock, and a private path down to its own secluded beach.
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On warm evenings you may like to enjoy an aperitif on the deck — softly lit by hurricane lamps to add to the ambience. Returning here for post-dinner coffee and perhaps a pleasingly smooth Cognac!
We are not pretentious in any way and make no lavish claims about our food. Our aim is simply to awaken your taste buds with delicious flavours and textures obtained through the hard work of our dedicated team, and incorporating only the freshest seafood and finest, west country meats.
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Chris Eden’s passion for food and wanting to be a chef started at the tender age of 11 years when he cooked his first lasagne with his mum.
He enrolled at the St Austell Catering College at 17 years and there was no going back. He joined ‘Pennypots’, the first Michelin Star restaurant in Cornwall as a Commis Chef, under Kevin Viner who then encouraged him to gain some experience in London. Chris joined ‘The Lanesborough’ under Paul Gayler as a Commis; graduating to Senior Chef de Partie at ‘The Orrery’ and ‘The Square’ respectively, under the guidance of Chris Galvin and Phil Howard who both had a huge influence on him. London, for Chris, was always going to be a temporary period in his life as his heart was always in Cornwall with his family.
He returned to Cornwall and joined Driftwood in Portscatho as Head Chef in September 2007; achieving 3 AA Rosettes and his first Michelin Star in 2012.
Chris has always cooked very much from the heart; his food reflecting his upbringing and family influences. He is obsessive about sourcing the best produce that Cornwall has to offer, working with suppliers to ensure only the finest quality ingredients make it on to the plate.
Chris is married to the lovely Sam, an accomplished pastry chef in her own right; they have a little boy; Lucas and live in St Austell.
Driftwood Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Simply fabulous! Olly Pierrepont's fusion cooking is outstanding. The tasting menu with superbly chosen wine flight is a journey you just don't want to end!"
Rosevine, TR2 5EW
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|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
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|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
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|Sunday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|