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.
The Scarlet Restaurant
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 hold our own regular events, from wine makers dinners and lunches to weekly live music dining sessions – read more on our events page.
We take the same pleasure in – and give the same attention to – our vegetarian dishes, as we do to our meat options. We happily cater for all dietary requirements, we just ask that you let us know when booking so that we can discuss menu 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.
Summertime brings with it an array of beautiful ingredients. We love creating unusual and inspiring salads with summer produce – salt baked beetroot coupled with goat’s curd, buttervilla tomatoes with Cornish feta and fresh mint, courgette flowers stuffed with fresh herbs and cheeses and chargrilled sprouting broccoli sprinkled with gremolata. Then there’s big sharing platters to enjoy outdoors such a whole rump of roasted lamp with plenty of fresh salsa verde and new season broad beans and peas. All finished off with summer berries: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants to cut through the richness of chocolate mousses, honey parfaits, coconut panna cottas and almond tarts.
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 £19.50
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 *.
*Sweetcorn soup with Cornish crab and red pepper oil £8
*Warm salad of char-grilled sprouting broccoli with Westcombe ricotta and gremolata £8
A board of Cornish charcuterie with pickles and toast (for two to share) £14
Heritage beetroot salad with goat’s curd, pumpkin seeds and Tregothnan Estate honey £8
Seared hand-dived Falmouth Bay scallops with sauce vierge and avocado £13
*Terrine of rare breed ham hock with salad of summer peas and black pudding £9
Sirloin of Cornish beef with hand cut chips, grill garnish and béarnaise sauce £24
*Ballotine of Cornish chicken with girolles, potato puree and summer truffle sauce £18
Deep-fried hake with hand cut chips and tartare sauce £16
Twice baked aged Davidstow cheddar soufflé with apple and walnut salad £14
*Masala spiced aubergine with yoghurt and mint, cucumber and mango £14
*Wild sea bass with violet potatoes, roasted shallot puree and warm potted shrimps £17
Summer vegetables with fresh mint
Buttered young spinach
Hand cut chips
*Coconut panna cotta with Cornish strawberries and lavender shortbread £6
*Raspberry and almond tart with clotted cream and raspberry sorbet £6
*Dark chocolate mousse with salted caramel and malt ice cream £6
*Selection of homemade ice creams and sorbet £6
Selection of West Country cheese with homemade biscuits, pear and saffron chutney £10
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 £43.50
Two courses £35.00
Courgette soup with Westcombe ricotta, chilli and preserved lemon
Summer pea mousse with cured Cornish ham, mint and brioche
Whisky cured salmon with mustard and dill, Cornish crab and avocado
Salad of heritage beetroot with goat’s curd, pumpkin seeds and Tregothnan Estate honey
Pan-fried John Dory with brandade stuffed courgette flower and tapenade
Buttervilla tomato salad with Cornish feta, melon and mint
Deep-fried Boccadon Farm veal escalope with egg and tarragon mayonnaise, red cabbage salad
Chateau briand with hand-cut chips, grill garnish, and béarnaise sauce (for 2 to share, sup applies)
Roast rump and crisp breast of lamb with glazed carrots, broad beans, barley and salsa verde
Marsala spiced aubergine with natural yoghurt and mint, cucumber and apricot
Roast fillet of cod with courgette flower, scallop and langoustine mousse, shellfish sauce
Wild line caught sea bass with potato and bacon terrine, roasted shallot puree and char-grilled baby gems
Shallot tart Tatin with Cornish Blue cheese, hazelnuts and pears
Twice baked aged Davidstow cheddar soufflé with candied walnut and apple salad
Cornish strawberry and pistachio mille fuille with strawberry sorbet
Dark chocolate marquise with milk jam, hazelnut ice cream, espresso foam
Tregothnan Estate honey parfait with oatmeal, whisky and blackcurrant
Lemon meringue tart with lemon sorbet
White chocolate mousse with honeycomb, Cornish raspberries, pistachio cake and natural yoghurt sorbet (for two to share)
Selection of west country cheeses with accompaniments
Three courses £43.50
Two courses £35.00
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
There’s nothing better than a brisk walk along the cliff path followed by a traditional roast lunch. Our two-course set menu is just £19.50 per person including a roast with all the trimmings and something sweet to finish. Alternatively, enjoy as little or as much as you like from our à la carte lunch menu below. Items with two prices can be taken as a starter or a main course.
A roast by the sea
Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding with homemade horseradish and gravy
Roasted squash with goats cheese and wild mushrooms
Both served with all the trimmings:
cauliflower cheese, glazed carrots, roast potatoes and greens
Treacle tart with clotted cream
Clementine sorbet with spiced tuille biscuit
À la carte
Butternut squash soup with sautéed wild mushrooms (v) £7
Misto fritto with aioli, red cabbage salad and coriander £7
A board of cured Cornish meats and salami with pickles and toast (for 2 to share) £14
Salad of heritage beetroot with truffled goat’s curd, pumpkin seeds and Cornish honey (v) £8/£12
Smoked haddock toastie with poached hen’s egg, Jerusalem artichokes and hollandaise sauce £8
Terrine of Cornish duck and pistachio with Coxs apple, pickled vegetables and duck skin salad £8
Sirloin of Aberdeen Angus beef with duck fat potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and red cabbage £22
Free range chicken breast with galzed root vegetables, purple sprouting and bread sauce £16
Potato herb gnocchi with Old Winchester and root vegetable purée (v) £8/£12
Deep-fried line caught cod with hand cut chips and tartare sauce £16
White onion tart with Rosary goat’s cheese, hazelnuts, watercress and crispy shallot rings (v) £8/£12
Silver mullet with shrimp risotto, cucumber, mustard and dill £16
Hot chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream £6
Spiced pear and almond tart with pear sorbet and Cornish clotted cream £6
Cornish honey parfait with honeycake, marinated cherries and blackcurrant sorbet £6
Selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets £6
Selection of West Country cheese with homemade biscuits, pear and saffron chutney £10
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