RestaurantsCornwallRosevineTR2

survey result

Summary

£97
 ££££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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.

Summary

£97
 ££££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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.

Summary

£91
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£89
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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.

For 30 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

Have you eaten at Driftwood Hotel?

Owner's description

We’d never brag, but we are nonetheless extremely proud of our Michelin star restaurant; with Chef, Chris Eden and his team retaining this enviable accolade for yet another year! This award is just one facet of who we are as a whole, though, and it will not impede the relaxed feel of our dining room.

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.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £40.00 £45.00
Dinner £55.00 £65.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Dinner only 7
Menu2 60.00 Lunch only 5
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £27.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

No dress code
36
7

The chef

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

Reviews of Driftwood Hotel Restaurant in TR2, Rosevine by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Driftwood Hotel restaurant.
Trevor J
Simply fabulous! Olly Pierrepont's fusion c...
Reviewed 2 months, 16 days ago

"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!"

Report this comment
Have you eaten at Driftwood Hotel?
Post your own review of Driftwood Hotel and contribute to our annual restaurant review guide.
Post your own review
Rosevine, TR2 5EW
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm

The 2022 Harden's Guide

2022 Hardens London Restaurant Guide

"User friendly in price, size and outlook"

Financial Times