My friend at work had no hesitation in recommending the Llawnroc when, in conversation, I mentioned I was looking for somewhere to take my wife to celebrate ten years together. He had me in something of a state with his tales of the excellent breakfasts and well appointed Room 8 so I booked without hesitation being offered a deal of £250 per night with evening meal thrown in. Expensive, but it's not every day I get to compensate my wife for spending ten years with me...
The first day's afternoon we spent in the bar area doing things that three little boys under six ban me from doing; relaxing, reading the paper and chatting to wifey. Dinner that evening was lovely, service excellent and we retired to our room overlooking the welcome letter to the hotel addressed to someone else, the slow draining basin and the short bed.
Looking forward to breakfast I leapt from bed and rushed downstairs to be met by.... a 'continental' breakfast which us stout English types know is a euphemism for a crap breakfast. And crap it was. Well done toast, yoghurts and a choice of chocolate based cereals wasn't the smoked haddock fable my mate had regaled me with. No-one had informed us that due to a quiet, off-season period the breakfast's quality had been pared back. Still, we kept our counsel and ventured out for the day.
Dinner that evening was a vastly different experience service wise in that it was very poor but quite familiar menu wise as it was largely the same but with the more quality high end items missing and available to non-resident diners for mere £16 a pop for three courses. We sat down at half seven, ordered scallops for starters only to be told that these had already ran out. How many were ordered in? Two? Service was friendly but intermittent and chaotic with our table not completely laid up with required items and a request for water being met with a plastic jug that contained around 500 litres being plonked on the table. Consequently I had fish and chips (which were lovely) on both nights. The cheesecake dessert was divine and had my heart worried with every mouthful.
We fully expected a non stop stream of luxury but we met with tasters of what could've been. To be fair the duty manager was understanding and allowed us a discount that was in excess of the 25% being offered to those booking late and which was more reflective of our experience.
Should I be in a conversation relating to anniversary celebrations, I'll think twice before leaving myself feeling the same way my friend felt this morning when he asked how my weekend was.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy luxury, comfort and a warm welcome at this stylish getaway on Cornwall’s south coast. Here you’ll find a chic retreat where you can relax, unwind and enjoy the very best that Cornwall has to offer. With its spacious rooms, stylish decor, bespoke furnishings and stunning sea views, The Llawnroc hotel in Cornwall is dressed to impress. Inside the hotel you’ll experience a contemporary living space which would not be out of place in the world’s coolest cities. But step outside and you’ll discover the rugged beauty of coast and countryside in this idyllic corner of Cornwall. Sail, surf, walk the cliffs, explore the local beaches or stay in and soak up the splendour of The Llawnroc. And when it’s time to eat you can sample fresh local cuisine prepared by our renowned chef Neil Martin. At The Llawnroc we are obsessed with quality and committed to excellent personal service. Every detail at this luxury Cornwall hotel has been designed to ensure you have an unforgettable stay. Visit us soon to experience this simply stunning escape for yourself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Llawnroc Hotel Gorran Haven, Cornwall