We stayed for one night at Trehellas Hotel & Restaurant. We arrived at 13-00 hours and had to leave at 14-00 for an appointment. We thought that we would have time to change and have a light snack, but discovered that the chef did not arrive until 14-00. The young lady on reception was very pleasant and helpful, and arranged for us to have coffee and biscuits. The room was very good but rather cold due to the weather and the fact that two of the four windows would not close properly, resulting in about a one inch gap exposing the elements. A heater was requested and promptly found.
We had booked a table in the restaurant for 19-15 and decided to have a leisurely drink in one of the cosy lounges first. We arrived at 18-30 and ordered two gin and tonics. The evening started very well, because when they arrived the tonic was seperate to the gin, allowing us to decide how much tonic to add. So very often it arrives with some of the tonic already poured. I like to taste the gin! A young lady took our food order and we ordered another drink about 10 minutes later. Before the drink arrived, we were told that our first courses were ready and that they would bring the drinks to us. We did not want gin and tonic at our table, so cancelled it, after all it was only 18-55 and the table was not booked until 19-15. What we would have liked is to have had another drink in the lounge and been able to order some wine for the meal in advance instead of at the table, resulting in the wine not arriving until after the first course. We had scallops with black pudding and a pea puree, and a pea risotto to start. What I found really odd was the fact that this was served with slices of fruit bread and an oil and balsamic dip. The dip was fine, but fruit bread, I dont think so. The fruit bread was then taken away and no furher bread arrived. For our main courses we ordered plaice ( which they kindly took off the bone) and venison. The food was good and well cooked. I had the scallops followed by the plaice, which was good, but when I order fish, I like to be able to taste the fish and not have it overpowered by spicy purees and accompaniments. I like spicy food when I am expecting it, but when there is no mention of "spiced" on the menu, then I am not happy. For desserts we had cheesecake and the cheeseboard. The cheesecake was fine, and so was the cheeseboard except that the five cheeses, slice of butter, 8 very thin and similar biscuits, grapes, celery and a ramekin of chutney were all crammed onto quite a small plate. Presentation and a variety of biscuits would have improved this immensly. After a good nights sleep we found ourselves back in the dining room for breakfast. The breakfast was excellent. Good hot food, hot plates, toast, juice, coffee, yoghurts, cereals and service,. Just what we needed for our long journey home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1745 this lovely building still retains its charm with its original stone floors and converted courthouse on the first floor. Now a comfortable hotel located close to Padstow & Fowey. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trehellas House Hotel Washaway
- Trehellas Hotel Bodmin