One of the best restaurants in Cornwall

Michelin star restaurant

We are immensely proud of the award-winning food produced by our Head Chef Chris Eden, and his team. Michelin Star and Four AA Rosette dining would not have been possible without Chris’ commitment and passion for locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and produce. Only the freshest seafood sourced from Cornish waters and the most flavoursome meat reared from roaming cattle will grace your plate here at Driftwood.

Dining at the Driftwood is a relaxed affair. On warm evenings, begin with an aperitif or end with a post-dinner tipple on our decked terrace overlooking the crystal blue waters of Gerrans Bay.

Menus change with the seasons so there’s always a reason to return and an excuse to try another bottle from the cellar. We’re open every day for light lunches and every evening for dinner, and for those hotel guests that don’t want the full dining experience we offer a simple supper in the drawing room or on the deck. 

We can also cater for private lunches and celebrations, or business or treat someone special to a naughty but oh so good Afternoon Tea.

Also... keep an eye open for our celebratory menus like our Easter Sunday lunch!

Award winning food
Award-winning food

Our aim is simply to awaken your senses to some top-notch food and drink. Food accolades…tick. Award-winning food… tick. Stacked cellar… tick. Stunning setting… tick. All the ingredients for a memorable dining experience, you just need to choose who to share it with. View our sample menu for a soupçon of what’s on offer.

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Dine with us
Dine with us

Our Michelin Star and Four AA Rosette restaurant is now open from the earlier time of 6pm, meaning you can enjoy award-winning food and a post-dinner tipple a little longer!

Not staying with us but wish to dine? No problem, our restaurant is open for non-residents too. Prior booking essential, please call 01872 580644 to book.

Restaurant opening times:
Dinner – daily from 6pm – 9.30pm 
Afternoon Tea – daily from 3pm – 5pm

Lounge or terrace dining:
Driftwood Lights – daily from 12pm – 2.30pm 

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"Still Amazing"

Visited in September and were very pleased that the standard of the Driftwood has not fallen. Fab location. Fab food and the most amazing views. So relaxing. Thank you to all concerned for making our stays so enjoyable.

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"A delightful place to stay in a unique location"

The family-run Hotel does exude personal service. It is delightfully positioned with sea views from almost everywhere. The attractive grounds harbour several terraces with private seats looking over the sea. The hotel has a virtually private beach.

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The wonderful weather we had certainly helped and the high point was the food which I’ll review separately but even without those we would have loved The Driftwood. Beds were huge and comfortable, a mistake on the bill was corrected without debate, breakfast was beautiful and all the staff were excellent. We will definitely return.

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"Lovely location and great staff"

The hotel is superbly located overlooking the sea and has some quite dramatic views. Once you’ve wound your way through some of the pretty villages of Cornwall and arrive at the hotel you find it at the end of a small lane and it consists of a dozen or so rooms. Upon arrival we were greeted by both owner and a senior member of staff who treated us like long lost friends with a warm welcome...

In conclusion I would say that I would defiantly recommend Driftwood to anybody that is looking for a hotel in the area and I would compliment both the owners and the staff always having a smile on their face and having a will do attitude. One final comment a nice touch is the coffee they deliver to your room (outside) at an agreed time each day that is complimentary so that you can have coffee in bed before you go for your breakfast.

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"Superb food. Epic meal"

Every course was a delight. Innovative and delicious dishes from the talented chef. Well deserves his Michelin star. The loin of lamb was amongst the best I have ever tasted. Excellent and varied wine line list, helpful and efficient service. Bravo.

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"Sophisticated chic and style"

Relaxed ambience and youthful vibe and the food is also excellent…. Without compromising on its sophisticated chic and style, the place is very child-friendly.

Harpers & Queen

Our stay was amazing. The food was the best food I’ve ever eaten. Would like to say a big thank you to all the staff in particular guy, Stewart and Chris and his team. If there was any room for improvement it would be the cooked breakfast in the morning. The buffet however was also stunning. Our room was very well present and had a lovely view from the window. The bed was soooooo comfy and room wasn’t too hot or too cold. Had an amazing stay thank you.

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"Our first visit - but we will be coming back!"

We booked a short stay here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Friends had recommended Driftwood based on the location and quality of the food. Both exceeded our expectations. Even on a drizzly December day the view from our room was stunning and the hotel at this time of year was so peaceful. I honestly cannot fault anything. The room was spacious, well appointed and quiet. This hotel is outstanding for three main reasons in my opinion: food; staff and location. I could ramble on and extol the virtues of each category but suffice to say we will be happily hoping to return in 2019 for another short stay. 

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"Relaxed atmosphere"

Last night I dreamed I went to driftwood again... there is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere... good food at a fair price always produces a smile on everyone’s face.

Jan Moir, Daily Telegraph
"Cuddle-inducing retreat "

Charming, atmospheric…There can be no more cuddle-inducing retreat in Cornwall than this...

London Evening Standard
"Stunning Hotel and Restaurant"

We only ate here for our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing. The views were stunning The ambience of the surroundings was perfet. The staff were attentive and highly professional. would love to go back when it isnt raining.

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This is our third trip to the Driftwood Hotel and again we had the perfect stay. Thank you Guy for your attention to detail at Dinner. The Michelin star restaurant is without doubt the star of the show. Faultless! Thank you.

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"So special, every time"

Thank you to the entire team for a wonderful 6-night stay at Driftwood. The reception and office team, the housekeeping team, the restaurant and sommelier team, and the kitchen team, were all excellent. The whole team are consistent in their focus on customer service and the customer experience, with an enthusiastic attention to detail and high standards.There is clearly a real commitment to staff training.

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"Exceeding all expectations!"

We wanted a quiet place with excellent food and beautiful surroundings. Driftwood had all of these in abundance. The staff, room, location and outstanding service exceeded our expectations. The one meal we had ( we only stayed two nights - needed longer) was simply one of the best we've ever experienced.

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"Personal touches "

Right up alongside the best seaside hotels in Britain. All kinds of personal touches – like the sea urchin shell placed on the early morning tea tray. Dinners to die for, with succulent local hand-dived scallops and melt-in-the-mouth boeuf en daube.

Brian Jackman, Daily Telegraph
"My favourite hotel in the world"

My wife and I spent three nights at Driftwood on Nov 2017 and it's our fourth stay. There is no one thing that makes this hotel so amazing, it is simply a cocktail of wonderfulness. The rooms are very good, the food is absolutely fabulous, the service is great, the views across the sea are calming, the walks along the beaches & coast path from the hotel door are invigorating and the pre-dinner beer in the pub in Portscatho seems like the best ever (and the walk along the beach to get there is a treat in itself).

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"Perfect stay"

Just returned from seven nights at Driftwood, it was simply perfect, stylish room, sublime view, every amenity you could think of, wonderfully, helpful and courteous staff, couldn't ask for more. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

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"I just wanted to say "thank you""

I don't quite know how this is possible but our stays with you just get better by the year, the month, the week, the day, the hour and the minute.

As for the food, well it is truly a delight to the taste buds that seem to explode with every mouthful. The dishes are a picture, a work of art....the oyster shells, oh my goodness....!

We are so fortunate to be able to spend time in the special place you have created.

Please pass on my thanks to your wonderful team.

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"The ultimate hideaway"

Turn off your mobile and head for the ultimate hideaway, where the only thing you’ll hear is the sea lapping at the shore.

Daily Mail
"Romantic Cornish hideaway"

This is a fabulous, very romantic Cornish hideaway... Elegant dining with delicate dishes packed with flavour

Tom Chesshyre - The Times
"A party on the plate"

The head chef, Chris Eden doesn't leave local produce to speak for itself. He throws an entire shopping trolley of fancy ingredients at the dinner.... My main course cod was another example of Mr Eden throwing a party on the plate and inviting everyone

John Walsh - The Independent
"Definitely one of my favourites"

 This place in Portscatho is not necessarily unknown, but its definitely one of my favourites..."

Nathan Outlaw, The Times
"My favourite hotel in the world"

My wife and I spent three nights at Driftwood on Nov 2017 and it's our fourth stay. There is no one thing that makes this hotel so amazing, it is simply a cocktail of wonderfulness. The rooms are very good, the food is absolutely fabulous, the service is great, the views across the sea are calming, the walks along the beaches & coast path from the hotel door are invigorating and the pre-dinner beer in the pub in Portscatho seems like the best ever (and the walk along the beach to get there is a treat in itself). It was my 50th birthday and this was my No.1 choice for a birthday break. Just wonderful and we'll be going back as soon as we can.

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The restaurant serves a seasonal menu which summer visitors can enjoy on the outside terrace watching the sun drip down behind the horizon - perfect.

The English Home
"Another splendid visit"

Despite the poor weather the welcome we received at the Driftwood was as usual warm and friendly. Having stayed on a number of other occasions this was the first time that we had sampled the five course tasting menu. Chris and his team conjured up the most exquisite morsels of flavour, each course was a delight. We also appreciated the opportunity to have a light bite on one evening, we chose the sharing platter of charcuterie and baked cheese, which we enjoyed in the cosy lounge with the fire burning brightly while a storm raged around outside. This was a welcome change from the more complex dishes served on the other evenings and just as beautifully served with tasty side dishes.

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Children's Dining

Children's Dining

Children’s dining is equally important, so we have early suppers for little people prepared from only the best fresh seasonal produce and created to order. This only applies to our little residents.

Dining out

Dining out

If you’re heading out to explore, we can even pack a picnic hamper crammed with delicious treats for you to take on your adventures – Just ask!