Having been to the Duchy a few times before we were pleasantly suprised at the overhaul the hotel had had. especially the bathrooms ( apart from the shelf under the mirror which banged your head when washing, and it you are short you could'nt get close enough to put you makeup on ). the staff as always are really superb, nothing is too much trouble.The pool is lovely for an afternoon swim in the wintertiime. The only drawback is the food. The breakfast is great and plentiful but the main menu of starters and main courses are modest in size ( very nouvelle cuisine) but the meat and fish is always good. There is a sad lack of vegetables and some are a bit way out (a dish of roasted baby tomatoes and broccoli).It would have been nice to have some Cornish new potatoes and some of the varied and plentiful local veg, The potatoes we had were cooked some time earlier and them crushed( as is the fashion) I hate the taste of re heated potato.
The chef also seemed to have a real love of beetroot.
The biggest let down was the sweets menu, certainly not up to the !st and main courses. Mostly cut into squares from a bigger one and always ice cream or sorbet.No Cornish cream or a nice creme anglaise. and no pastry at all. Ice cream is what you eat on the beach, its not an acceptable sweet at a 4 star hotel. I don't expect to have a square of ginger cake and a scoop of ice cream, its a bit like school dinners. It never used to be like this..... get yourselves a new pastry chef!
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- Royal Duchy Falmouth
- The Royal Duchy Hotel Falmouth, Cornwall