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“Fabulous dinner in a great location”

Driftwood Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Trewithian
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $63 - $153
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: We could go on, but let's leave that to the Guide Books. Come and experience Driftwood's Michelin Starred Restaurant for yourself. There are no extravagant promises, only a guarantee of the freshest, finest food, served with stunning views across the sea. When the weather is warm we light hurricane lamps on the deck to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and after dinner coffee.
Reviewed July 16, 2014

We booked into the Driftwood Hotel for a couple of nights and dined at the Michelin starred restaurant on our second evening. It was fabulous in all respects - the menu was interesting and inventive without being over the top, the ingredients were exquisite, the execution of the cooking faultless, the service pleasant and not over-bearing, the wine list excellent, the location and ambience perfect - and even the bill was reasonable! We've eaten at several other Michelin one and two starred eateries in our time and Driftwood is right up there in terms of both quality and value. Fabulous on all counts!

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Thank deian_tecwyn
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

We only had dinner there and it was a fabulous experience. The setting is a dream and the staff was impeccable. From the moment you arrive you feel very welcome and taken care off.
You can take the aperitif outside with great coastal view but I would advise to come earlier than 18:30 to have some sun and take your time to enjoy the setting before having dinner.
The menu was great and the ingredients locally sourced and accommodates vegetarian very well. The entire meal was exceptional and the speed of service good. You can end the meal with coffee/tea (which comes with very nice sweets) in the living room which is very comfortable and relaxing.
A must if you are in the area and if you can do stay at the hotel too as it looks amazing.

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1  Thank ClarisseCC
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

Everything about the Driftwood Restaurant is wonderful - incredible views of the ocean in every direction, relaxed and friendly but refined service, and extraordinary food and wine. Every dish was complex and thought-provoking, but without being over-complicated for the sake of it. Many were traditional combinations - fish with curry, lamb with feta - that I've actually not liked at all in the past, but which, done here with amazing skill and delicacy, were some of the nicest things I've ever eaten. We were recommended a lovely bottle of very reasonably priced wine that went really well with everything. And then we topped the meal off with coffee and petit fours on the veranda looking out to sea!

I have two teeny criticisms. The coffee was great, but the tea was Twinings in a teabag, which just wasn't of comparable quality (they very kindly replaced it with coffee when I asked, for no extra charge). And I thought the deserts, while very tasty indeed, weren't as interesting and complex as the savoury dishes. But these really are just nit-picking little things - the experience, from start to finish, was an absolute pleasure. On our holiday in Cornwall, we also ate at Paul Ainsworth, Ben's Cornish Kitchen and The Gurnard's Head and (even though we loved the latter), this was by far the best of the lot. Totally fabulous. I just wish we lived much, much nearer.

A word of warning: if you drive there from south-west of the place, and follow a Sat Nav, beware it taking you via the King Harry Ferry. It's a moving bridge that takes you (and cars) across the Fal River, and although fun, is possibly the slowest form of transport I've ever taken, and only runs three times an hour, so we were very late for dinner!

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Thank LondonAlicat
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

My sister suggested we could go here when I was recently visiting her in Cornwall and what a fabulous choice. The location is amazing and the food was too. Absolutely Brillant.

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Thank Brenda F
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

The hotel is undoubtedly in a great location. We did not stay but dined there twice. On the first occasion it was a quiet evening and the serivice and food were excellent. On the strength of that we booked to dine again a couple of nights later. That evening it was much busier. When my wife pointed out that her pollack was only slightly warm (the plate was also virtually cold) we were told that was 'correct' and the dish was supposed to be like that which was rather hard to believe, to say the least. The food was replaced with turbot (fried so therefore hot) and we were again told it was correct to have an almost cold dish of food. It was irritating to be told by the staff in a defensive way that we were wrong when all that was needed was an apology with the explanation that they were busy which would have been perfectly satisfactory. To sum it up, the superior attitude of the staff spoiled the evening. Lastly, it should be said that the food would be better if less attention is paid to twiddly bits and more to the basics!

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1  Thank tomroach
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Paul R, Owner at Driftwood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your first visit so much you decided to return a couple of days later. I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed on the second occasion, let me assure you it is always our intention to give our guests the best possible experience. The heat at which food is served can dramatically affect the taste and we work hard to ensure it leaves the kitchen at the optimum temperature. Should you be in the area again, we hope you will give us another chance to get it right.

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