We tried hard to find a fault but couldn’t! Presentation, attention to detail and all the little homemade accompaniments were exquisite. There was an excellently varied selection on the menu, the ingredients were all fresh and of an excellent quality and cooked to perfection.
Taste of the West judges.
Dine with us
Visit the Scarlet Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner and experience fresh, thoughtful, contemporary Cornish food accompanied by one of the most spectacular sea views on the north coast.
Our dishes are deceptively simple. We let our ingredients breathe rather than smother their freshness, quality and flavour with too many competing elements. We take the same pleasure in – and give the same attention to – our vegetarian dishes, as we do to our meat options.
Breakfast 8-10.30am (visitors who aren’t staying with us can reserve a table between 8-9am, booking essential)
Lunch is served between 12.30-2.15pm and dinner is 7.00-9.30pm, booking is always advisable.
Afternoon tea is served between 3-5pm, we will need 24 hours notice as each element is freshly handmade for you.
To book a table call +44 1637 861800 or use the online booking form opposite.
For private dining, special occasions, celebrations and meetings please see our meet, celebrate page.
Please note that the Scarlet was designed for adults be they couples, friends, siblings or mothers and daughters so it’s rare to bump into a guest who’s under 18. Our team will be happy to discuss exceptions, though, should one of your party be lucky enough to have been born less than 16 years ago.
A note from our chef, Tom Hunter
“Our style of food can’t easily be put in a pigeon hole,” says head chef Tom Hunter. “We don’t follow trends. We let our local, seasonal [to Europe] ingredients guide us.
“What you can count on from us is modern food with soul. We cook from the heart and our food really does have Cornwall at its centre.
“Our style of cooking is very natural in its conception, style and presentation, but you will taste the technique on your plate.”
“We have a veal dish, for example, a veal escallop from Boccadon Farm. We serve it with an egg mayonnaise, which sounds weird but it’s almost a classic combination.
“And our pastry team has dreamed up a new dessert: White Chocolate Mousse with Honeycomb, Pistachio cake, Cornish Raspberries and Natural Yoghurt Sorbet.
“It sounds simple, but the surprise and delight element of this dessert is that you have to smash open the honeycomb sphere to get to the mousse inside.”
Our chefs create daily changing menus based on what is fresh, seasonal and available. You can see some examples of our menus below. We actively seek to accommodate special dietary requirements; please let us know when you book your table and we can discuss creating something that’s perfect for you.
Autumn is upon us bringing a comforting warmth of flavours. You’ll find an array of beautiful game on our menus: venison, grouse, partridge, pigeon and rabbit, accompanied by wonderful root vegetables: celeriac, swede, parsnips, beetroots and carrots along with cabbages, chards, kale and, of course, plenty of sweet wild mushrooms. All complimented by ripe seasonal fruits such as plums, apples, pears and figs.
Cornish Orchards fresh and fruity apple juice
Origin “Finca Shekinah” cafetiere coffee or Scarlet House Blend Tea from Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall
Toaster bloomer with Red and Wild Marmalade Jam
Pain au chocolat or croissant
Red berries, creme fraiche
Seasonal fruit smoothie
Dried fruit compote poached in an Earl Grey and lemon syrup
Smoked salmon with scrambled egg
Pancakes with berries and maple syrup
Local Cornish banger, dry cured bacon, hogs pudding, grilled tomato, mushrooms and butter fried egg
Breakfast is £18.50
Our lunch menu allows you to eat as little or as much as you like. Items with two prices can be taken as a starter or a main course. You can also enjoy three courses for £22.50 with dishes market with a *.
Crown Prince pumpkin soup with wild mushroom brioche £6
Salad of heritage beetroot with truffled goats curd, pumpkin seeds and Tregothnan Estate honey £8
Ragout of wild venison with saffron papadelle and parmesan £7
Terras Farm duck liver parfait with pickles, bitter leaves and brioche toast £7
Stir-fried squid with fennel salami, chilli, ginger and spring onion £7
Smoked haddock toastie with Jerusalem artichokes, poached duck egg, duck egg hollandaise and watercress £8
Sirloin of Cornish beef with hand cut chips, grill garnish and béarnaise sauce £24
Gloucester Old Spot pork with black pudding, caramelized red onion and glazed roots £16
Roasted spiced aubergine with natural yoghurt, mint and zucchini fritters £12
Deep-fried cod with hand cut chips and tartare sauce £16
Twice-baked Cornish Crackler soufflé with candied walnut and Coxs’ apple salad £14
Roast hake with chicken skin, sautéed girolles and sherry vinegar £15
Dark chocolate and salted caramel trifle with vanilla cream and granola £7
Treacle tart with clotted cream and banana sorbet £6
Poached William pear with chilled vanilla rice pudding and pain perdu £7
A bowl of espresso ice cream or green apple sorbet with spiced biscuit £6
Selection of West Country cheese with homemade biscuits and pear and saffron chutney £11
White chocolate mousse with honeycomb, marinated cherries, pistachio cake and natural yoghurt sorbet (for two to share) £16
The Scarlet Champagne Afternoon Tea is a high tea worth celebrating. A glass of our favourite Scarlet champagne, a table overlooking the Atlantic Ocean – a perfect moment to share with a loved one or friend.
The homemade cakes and pastries are delicate and delicious, from gorgeous macaroons to strawberry cupcakes. The scones are served with our homemade jam and local clotted cream. The sandwiches – made from artisan bread – are made to order. The tea, the only grown in the UK, is from the local Tregothnan estate.
£25pp with tea or £35pp with champagne. Must be booked 24 hours in advance so we can hand make each part just for you.
Three courses £42.50
Two courses £34.00
Cornish fish and shellfish soup with rouille, croutons and parmesan
Deep-fried Boccadon Farm veal escalope with egg and tarragon mayonnaise, red cabbage salad
Smoked eel and pork belly with apple puree and horseradish
Salad of heritage beetroot with truffled goats curd, pumpkin seeds and Tregothnan Estate honey
Terrine of confit Cornish duck with pear and saffron puree, crispy skin salad
Risotto of ceps and Old Winchester with autumn truffle
Leeks vinaigrette with roasted red peppers, hazelnuts and quinoa
Roast Yorkshire grouse with damson compote, glazed roots, bread sauce and game jus
Tregothnan Estate fallow deer with Old Spot pork belly, savoy cabbage, potato fondant and roast pumpkin
Brill braised in cider with champ potatoes, Devon Coxs’ and celery
Roast cod with brandade, berlotti beans and aioli
Rotola of butternut squash, spinach and Westcomb ricotta with toasted pinenuts
Roasted spiced aubergine with natural yoghurt, mint and zucchini fritters
Twice baked Cornish Crackler soufflé with candied walnut and apple salad
Tart fine of Devon Coxs’ with vanilla ice cream
William pear and almond tart with clotted cream and pear sorbet
Blackberry trifle with whisky, oatmeal and cinnamon begniets
Chocolate marquise with malt ice cream and toasted barley
White chocolate mousse with marinated cherries, honeycomb, pistachio cake and yoghurt sorbet (for 2 to share)
A bowl of espresso ice cream or green apple sorbet with spiced biscuit
Cheese from the board with accompaniments
Three courses £42.50
Two courses £34.00
Roasted pumpkin soup with sauteed chanterelles and pumpkin seed brioche
Twice baked Davidstow Cheddar souffle with salad of caramelised pears and walnuts
Chargrilled organic fennel with truffled goats curd, hazelnuts and Cornish honey
Poached Terras Farm duck egg with Horn of Plenty mushrooms, sprouting broccoli and hollandaise sauce
Parsley risotto with Cornish Blue cheese, Granny Smiths and extra virgin olive oil
Potato gnocchi with confit young leeks, red peppers, basil and salsa verde
Chocolate fondants, natural yoghurt, vanilla ice cream
Iced lemon soufflé, Cornish raspberries, Champagne sorbet
Spiced cheesecake, rhubarb and custard
Apricot and pistachio tart, clotted cream
Colston Bassett stilton, Greens of Glastonbury, Sharpham & accompaniments
Like our food, some of our wines change with the seasons, we believe in small artisan producers that make exceptional wine. All are wines are European in origin and many of them are local options.
You can also choose from our fine selection of natural wines, some organic with biodynamic practices, some bottled without sulphur or filtration. If you’ve not tried natural wine before, we think you will want to give it a go. Natural wines are lovingly produced by small, committed artisan growers – exactly the sort of thing we love at the Scarlet.
Below is just a taster to whet your appetite.
Tarlant, for which we are an ambassador, is our house Champagne. Without added sugar, Zero (stands for zero dosage) is a frank fresh champagne that articulates all that the grapes and soil have to say. This Brut Nature is rare and remarkable in its balance of the three varieties that are all specially selected at perfect maturity and benefit from methods of cultivation that respect nature.
38. Madeleine Angevine 2011, Knightor Winery (Cornwall)
The gooseberry and elderflower aromas of this white wine convey a fabulous expression of place, whilst the palate is lightand refreshing. English wine at its best!
35. Jurancon Sec 2010/11, Clos Lapeyre (Juracon, France)
100% Gros Mansang. A little more weight, without losing any of that cutrusy freshness that dances the tango on your palette. Organic and biodynamic
49. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico “Gino” 2011 Fattoria San Lorenzo (Marche, Italy)
A discovery at the real wine fair. This fresh but complex wine has an Appealing, perfumed nose and would make a versatile match for a variety of fish dishes. Unmasked by the human hand.
82. Château de Ollieres Provence Rose 2011 Coteaux Varios en Provence (France)
Pretty pink with a touch of peach skins and red berry fruits.
87. Coeur de Grain “Clos Mireille” Provence Rosé 2011, Domaines Ott Provence (France)
All elegance and ephemeral beauty, this is undeniably one of the best rosés in the World!
141. Segna de Cor 2011, Domaine Le Roc des Anges (Cotes du Roussillon Villages, France)
A blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, this is silky, smoky and smooth
153. Clos du Pelerin 2005 Pomerol (Bordeaux, France)
A rich bouquet, fine balanced tannins and fleshy purple fruit backed by leather and cassis