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The Gurnard's Head
Ranked #1 of 6 Zennor B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 2, 2013

This is a great place... we stayed for a single Friday night DB&B deal which was excellent. We arrived around 2.30pm, dumped the bags in our simple double room and then off to the coast path and exploring Gurnard's Head. The pub bit of the place is rustic - stone flags, open fire and a few great cask ales with quite a few locals/walkers enjoying a late lunch or simply re-hydrating after a bit of exercise. The room was fairly basic, with old-style shower cubicle in the en-suite, and the bed felt a bit too soft. However, plenty of hot water and a completely unbroken night's sleep were testimony to the level of comfort. The food is a major draw for this place... just lovely: marinated mullet as a starter (bit like a ceviche: try the Mousehole Bitter to accompany) and a delicate steamed sole followed by a couple of slices of Cornish cheese and a Cyder brandy.... fish heaven! All food included in the DB&B rate so excellent value for money too. A great breakfast to start the day: full Cornish or try the kipper, with homemade bread, yoghurt and muesli and Cornish apple juice. We loved it and will be back to try a Sunday sleepover, which is even better value and includes Sunday dinner.... a great place in a beautiful area.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Simply put, the Gurnard's Head is one one of the best plces my wife and I have ever stayed. We have a really tough past year and within moments of entering the pub, the worries and stress started slipping away.
The pub bar that greets you is simply and fairly eclectically decorated with local art and photos and books - books everywhere. The welcome was warm and friendly and we were shown to our room with the minimum of fuss but maximum pleasant-ness (? it's a word...)
We stayed in room 2 overlooking the entrance of the pub. It's small, compact and a perfect bolthole for forgetting your worries. The beds are superbly comfortable and the showers are excellent.
The service couldn't have been better - on hand and nothing was too much trouble.
As for the evening meal - frankly exceptional. As good a two course dinner as we can remember. Really well thoughtout, perfectly cooked and presented. The wine was pretty decent too.
The place is quiet, incredibly comfortable, beautifully presented and simply perfect. We can't wait to return.
It may not to everyone's taste; I can imagine some pretentious hotelly types nit-picking in some way, but not us. This was perfect - our only negative was that at the moment we could only afford one night.
If you want a genuinely wonderful break, stay here. They have worked out how to balance amazing food, a relaxed atmosphere and great service without it ever appearing to be any trouble. It's also
A special mention to Lucy who was a star.
I read in a guide book today that there needs to be more places like this in the UK and I couldn't agree more.
Can't wait to return.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We have just returned from our second stay at The Gurnard's Head, near Zennor. We enjoyed a delightful stay in lovely surroundings plied with food and drink- who could ask for more? Ok, it might not be to everyone's taste, but if you are looking for a relaxed weekend away, this is the place for you. The idea of no television and mobiles may fill some with trepidation, but it is great !!
The beds are some of the comfortiest I have ever slept in and room 5 was certainly a great space with a new shiny bathroom aswell. The lavender shortbread is delicious and a nice touch, too. The staff were all friendly and welcoming without being over the top and any request (and some of ours were a bit odd) was met without any raising of eyebrows. There was a good mix of people which was good to see, families, couples, in all age ranges and others who were just eating or drinking. Delicous food is served in the dining room which feels a little like your own room at home and breakfast is great, too. The home baked soda bread is out of this world!! We would recommend this as a great place to stay to anyone.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Pat B
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We had dinner, bed and breakfast as a birthday present for my partner. The stay was amazing, we love the far west of Cornwall (we live near Falmouth) and the pub is a small slice of heaven in the wilds of the west.
But the dinner and the breakfast I cannot begin to describe how delicious the food was. Dinner was by far one of the best meals I've ever had. We've had Sunday lunch here many times and its always been great but I was blown away by dinner.
The staff were all friendly and helpful, even the non customer facing ones we came across.
I would thoroughly recommend a dinner or a stay here.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Their motto "eat, drink, sleep" is so appropriate. All three are perfectly done. A love surrounding, with nice art and books and things to interest you. A super friendly and helpful staff. An intimate and relaxed atmosphere. A spectacular location. A lovely wine list and also good beers. The restaurant serves wonderful food, top notch in my view. And the rooms are just bliss. I stayed a night and am thinking of going back for a week.

The dinner bed and breakfast package is good value.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

A couple of weeks back we walked our dogs on Hayle Towans and booked a table for lunch at The Gurnard's Head. Having eaten there before and thoroughly enjoyed the experience we thought it would make a great choice for Sunday roast. We were greeted pleasantly, served swiftly and politely and shown to our table. The choice on the menu is limited which suited us fine as we all had our hearts set on roast lunch.(the people on a neighbouring table were looking for something lighter than roast lunch and left disappointed) our order was taken by a very young waitress who was very pleasant but seemed very inexperienced and frankly out of her depth on a busy Sunday lunch.
We had all chosen rib of beef and although more expensive than regular roast we were happy to pay the price £13.00. Sadly when lunch arrived we were all pretty disappointed, the plates were completely stone cold, (a personal bug bear for me) the roast potatoes were pretty dry and to be honest seemed as though they'd been cooked for a couple of hours, there was one small slice of beef on each plate and the vegetables, though tasty, were very much in short supply.None of the food was particularly hot.
I have no qualms about paying a little more for quality but this was far too much money for what we were served. I did venture into a dessert and found the crumble to be a let down too.
I know I know I know we should have complained, I kinow that we should have given The Gurnards staff a chance to put things right but sometimes you just dont want to make a fuss, it wasnt terrible but it wasn't great either. I have no doubt we will be returning to The Gurnards Head as we have eaten there before and enjoyed it and we are not the sort of people to write somewhere off on the basis of one mediocre experience. Catering is not an exact science, sometimes things aren't quite what we had hoped for and this was one such occasion. We simply hope this review will be read by the owners/managers and our comments duly noted and acted upon.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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eatdrinksleep, Owner at The Gurnard's Head, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2013

Not good enough from us I'm afraid: we're really sorry. Sunday lunch at The Gurnard's is an event that has to be perfect, with many of you travelling from a long way away to be in such a terrific piece of country. We will do what we can to ensure that your own experience remains an isolated incident and we hope that you faith in us will soon be restored.

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Truly amazing experience.We go there at least three times a year,staff is extremely helpful,nothing ever is too much trouble.Hendricks is served perfectly! Beds are filthy good!!!! Food is just exquisite!!!! Keep up a good work you are doing!!we are very tempted to try out The Old Coastguard but simply cant do that,because we are so in love with Gurnards Head.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Gurnard's Head

Address: Treen, Zennor TR26 3DE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Zennor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Zennor
Price Range: $46 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A famous old coaching inn on West Cornwall's beautiful Atlantic coast. Under new ownership since April 2006 and now restored to former glories. Simply decorated rooms, lunch and supper from the freshest of Cornish ingredients, outstanding views to the Atlantic and the neghbouring moorland. ... more   less 
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The Gurnard's Head Zennor, Cornwall

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