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The Gurnard’s Head – Zennor, Cornwall

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The Gurnard’s Head – Zennor, Cornwall exterior

The Gurnard’s Head – Zennor, Cornwall

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‘It’s about the simple things in life done well,’ say brothers Edmund and Charlie Inkin about their three delightful hostelries, the Gurnard’s Head and the Old Coastguard here in Cornwall, and the Felin Fach Griffin in Wales. Nothing could be closer to the truth nor more perfectly exemplified than at this sunshine-yellow dining pub with rooms, its name writ large on the long, tiled roof. Set in the wild landscape of Cornwall’s Atlantic coast between artsy St Ives and pretty St Just, it’s an unpretentious haven where, in the brightly-painted bedrooms, you’ll find luxurious beds, jam jars filled with fresh flowers and Roberts radios. No TVs or phones. But panic at being cut off quickly gives way to a sense of peace and satisfaction, reinforced by head chef Max Wilson’s divine local and seasonal menu, changed daily according to what’s brought to the back door (fish from day boats and vegetables from small growers, say). The views of the crashing waves and gorse-covered moorland are quite extraordinary, too.

Doubles from £130

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