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
Join us for freshly cooked, locally sourced breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner at the Scarlet Restaurant where you can gaze out at stunning sea views and storm watch on wild and windy autumn days. Why not leave your car with us, take a stunning cliff top walk and then rest tired walking feet over lunch? We are always happy to arrange taxi’s for walkers either to their cars or to us.
Our delicious afternoon teas include sandwiches, cakes, scones with local clotted cream and Cornish tea. Each element is handmade to order (24 hours notice required).
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
The great thing about the Scarlet and being in Cornwall is that the food is always going to be as fresh and local as it can be, and that’s something I want to shout about. Cornish ingredients whether it is from local farms or the sea are so easily attainable that they arrive in the kitchen within hours. This means I can work with the freshest, most interesting local produce I can get my hands on, and ensure those ingredients are swiftly and sensitively handled. My hope is that you can really taste that on your plate.
Having spent the first part of my career in large luxury hotels in London, what was supposed to be a yearlong working holiday in a small boutique hotel in south east Cornwall has now escalated, to 10 years, with Cornwall now being my home.
When I left Cornwall, for a short stint in Pembrokeshire, I knew I would be back soon and whilst I considered and was considered for some other posts in Cornwall it’s always really been about the Scarlet! I was so proud to have been appointed Head Chef 2012.
I am very lucky in so many ways with my role here. Not only am I surrounding by some of the finest suppliers in the country. I also have the most amazing team, some of whom have been with me for years. Together we are hugely passionate about what we do here and what we are trying to achieve. Our desire is to deliver a memorable dining experience that will surprise and delight our guests and inspire them to return.
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.
Summer is here and with it comes beautiful fresh produce in a rainbow of colours: from the bright reds of tomatoes, strawberries and rich lobster to
yellow courgette flowers and the array of fresh greens such as fennel, mint, basil, peas and broad beans and the beautiful purples and pinks of aubergines, beetroots, blackcurrants and blueberries.
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 *.
*Summer pear soup with crème fraîche and mint £7
Terrine of free range chicken with liver parfait, fine bean salad and lentil vinaigrette £8
*Warm salad of spring lamb with Cornish Fiesta, chargrilled broccoli and salsa verde £8
Salad of Cornish crab with oak smoked salmon, pickled cucumber and rouille £11
Salad of heritage beetroot with truffled goat’s curd, pumpkin seeds and Tregothnan Estate honey £8
*Pan-fried red gurnard with slow cooked onion and anchovy tartlet £9
Sirloin of Cornish beef with grill garnish, hand cut chips and béarnaise sauce £24
Deep-fried Cornish hake with hand cut chips and tartare sauce £16
*Grilled fillets of mackerel with watercress puree, warm new potato salad, apples and dill £15
*Free range chicken breast with summer truffle, gratin dauphinoise, young spinach and chicken jus £17
*Risotto of heritage tomatoes with Old Winchester, oregano and extra virgin olive oil £12
Roasted spiced aubergine with natural yogurt, coriander and zucchini fritters £14
*Raspberry and almond tart with clotted cream and raspberry sorbet £7
*Lemon posset with strawberries and basil £7
Salted peanut parfait with Valrohna chocolate mousse £8
*A bowl of malted milk ice cream or Cornish strawberry sorbet with biscotti £6
Selection of West Country cheese with accompaniments £10
The Scarlet Champagne Afternoon Tea is a high tea worth celebrating. A glass of our favourite Scarlet champagne, a table scattered with flower petals overlooking the Atlantic Ocean – a perfect moment to share with a loved one or friend.
The cakes, all hand made on the day, 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 homemade 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
Watercress and potato soup with smoked eel toastie
Pressed Cornish ham hock with honeycomb, English mustard, rhubarb and black pudding
Salad of Westcombe ricotta with chilli, broad beans, lemon and mint
Hand-dived Helford River scallops with razor clams and sauce veirge
Fresh papadelle with Tuscan kale, Old Winchester and summer truffle
Salad of heritage beetroot with truffled goats curd, pumpkin seeds and Tregothnan Estate honey
Deep fried Boccadon Farm veal escalope with egg and tarragon mayonnaise, red cabbage and caper salad
Organic spring lamb with Jannsons Temptation, sprouting broccoli, garlic puree and lamb jus
Loin of Cornish beef with bone marrow crumb, celeriac, pan-fried potato terrine and white port sauce
Fillet of brill braised in cider with champ, apples and celery
Wild sea bass with risotto of Mylor prawns, cucumber, mustard and dill
Cornish heritage tomato tart with green olives, mozzarella and basil
Roasted spiced aubergine with natural yoghurt, coriander and zucchini fritters
Twice baked aged Davidstow Cheddar soufflé with candied walnut and apple salad
Treacle tart with banana sorbet and clotted cream
Dark chocolate cremeaux with malted milk ice cream and hazelnuts
Tregothnan Estate manuka honey parfait with strawberries and lemon curd
Devon Coxs’ tart fine with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream
White chocolate mousse with raspberries, honeycomb and pistachio cake (for two to share)
A bowl of espresso ice cream or Cornish redcurrant sorbet with spiced biscuit
West country cheese 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