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 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.
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.
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.
To book a table call +44 1637 861800 or use the online booking form opposite.
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.
Spring is probably the most exciting time of the year for us in the kitchen. We’ve spent months preparing warming winter dishes with root vegetables and game birds and struggling with fish supplies due to the harsh winter weather. Now we’re seeing the spring vegetables turning up at the kitchen door, and the food is naturally becoming lighter to suit the change in the weather and the produce. Favourites of ours are things like the amazing the St Enodoc aspraragus, foraged wild garlic and golden sprouting broccoli which complement our spring lamb and fresh day boat fish. We’ll also be welcoming the first of the Cornish berries supplied by Buttervilla.
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 *.
*Wild garlic and potato soup (v) £7
*Grilled mackerel with celeriac remoulade, roasted pear and rouille £7
A board of cured Cornish meats and salami with pickles and toast (for two to share) £14
Salad of heritage beetroot with truffled goat’s curd, pumpkin seeds and Cornish honey (v) £8/£12
Salad of Cornish crab with oak smoked salmon, sea purslane and crème fraîche £8
*Terrine of free range chicken with Cornish coppa, spring onions, bacon and onion brioche £8
Sirloin of Cornish Highland beef with grill garnish, hand cut chips and béarnaise sauce £22
*Cornish pork with cured ham, black pudding, rhubarb, golden broccoli and Madeira £16
Cornish asparagus with poached Terras farm duck egg, fried bread and hollandaise sauce (v) £8/£12
Deep-fried line caught cod with hand cut chips and tartare sauce £16
*White onion tart tatin with onion puree, hazelnuts and Vulscombgoats cheese (v) £12
*Fillet of hake with shrimp risotto, cucumber, mustard and dill £16
Hand cut chips £3.50
Young spinach £3
Purple sprouting broccoli £3
Green salad £3
*Natural yoghurt panna cotta with rhubarb crumble and salted caramel £6
*Treacle tart with banana sorbet and clotted cream £6
*Cornish honey parfait with pistachio sorbet, olive oil cake and marinated cherries £6
*Selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets £6
Selection of West Country cheese with homemade biscuits, pear and saffron chutney £10
Three courses £42.50
Two courses £34.00
Seared hand dived Falmouth River scallops with razor clams and sauce veirge
Pithivier of braised Boccadon Farm veal shoulder with caramelised shallot puree and pickled raisins
Terrine of Cornish ham hock with honeycomb, apples and black pudding
Smoked haddock toastie with Jerusalem artichokes, poached duck egg and hollandaise sauce
Loin of Cornish Highland beef with bone marrow crust, root vegetable purée and white port sauce
Slow cooked spring lamb rump with crisp belly, lavender and rosemary, glazed carrots and barley
Fillet of brill braised in cider with champ potatoes, celery and roasted apples
Wild sea bass with potato dumplings, nam jim, courgette fritters and spring onions
Dark chocolate truffle cake with Pedro Ximenez, raisins, dulche de leche, espresso ice cream
Cornish honey parfait with toasted meringue, rhubarb, pistachios and lime granite
White chocolate mousse with honeycomb, marinated cherries, almond praline and blackcurrant sorbet
Cox apple tart fine with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream (for 2 to share)
A selection of west country cheeses 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