“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

One of the Best Restaurants in Cornwall

In order for us to safeguard the health of our staff, and to maintain our high standard of service, we need to reduce the workload of our kitchen and front of house team, so, regretfully, the restaurant will be closed for lunch on Thursday and Friday as well as dinner on Thursday and Sunday evenings. We will continue to offer a light cold supper menu to hotel residents and drinks and beverages will be available as normal. We will also not be offering a full afternoon tea.

We are immensely proud of the outstanding food produced by our Head Chef Olly Pierrepont and his team, making ours a contender for the best restaurant in Cornwall. Top quality dining would not be possible without his team’s commitment and passion for locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and produce. To place ours amongst the best restaurants in Cornwall we grace your plate with only the freshest seafood from Cornish waters and the most flavoursome meat reared from roaming cattle.

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 Boxing Day lunch!

After the 19th July we will be continue to keep our distance where possible and our restaurant will remain operating at reduced capacity. For all those residents wishing to dine with us we highly recommend booking your table in advance. Non-resident dinner bookings are welcome, but cannot be pre-booked, please call the day prior. Afternoon tea and lunch bookings can be booked in advance please get in touch! We look forward to welcoming you soon. 

Restaurant Bookings

If you have an overnight booking we urge you to book dinner reservations in advance so we can guarantee you a table. Non-resident dinner bookings are welcome, but cannot be pre-booked, please call on the day. We are however delighted to take advance lunch and afternoon tea bookings as we have ample space on the terrace and in the gardens. Please call or email us to book.

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Award-winning Restaurant 

3 AA Rosettes

We are delighted to share our restaurant has been awarded three prestigious AA Rosettes. Congratulations to Olly and the team for their hard work putting us on the map for fine dining in Cornwall.

 

 

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The Finest Ingredients

Award-winning food

Our aim is simply to awaken your senses to some top-notch food and drink. Food accolades…tick. Highly-acclaimed food… tick. Stacked cellar… tick. Stunning setting… tick. All the ingredients for a memorable dining experience in the best restaurant in Cornwall. 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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Treat Yourself

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

Looking for restaurants in Portscatho? No problem, we welcome non-residents. Prior booking is essential, please call 01872 580644 to book.

Restaurant opening times:
Dinner – daily from 6pm – 9.30pm 
Afternoon Tea – daily from 3pm – 5pm
Sunday Lunch – every Sunday from 12.30-2.30pm

Lounge or terrace dining:
Driftwood Lights – daily from 12pm – 2.30pm and for Residents only in the evenings from 6-9pm 

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The Ultimate Driftwood Experience

Perfect for foodies.

Sample Cornwall's finest local produce in one of the county’s most breath-taking settings. Relax in our quiet corner of Cornwall – explore as much or as little as you please. Unwind with two nights in your room-with-a-view, watch the waves from our sea view restaurant in Portscatho, whilst Head Chef Olly Pierrepont and his team wow you with a three-course a la carte dinner on your first evening and seven-course tasting menu on your second.

From £270 per room, per night

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Dining Gifts

Gift a dining experience at the Driftwood. 

Make memories at the Driftwood, why not send a thoughtful, personalised gift to someone you love? Treat a loved one to a dining experience in one the most acclaimed sea view restaurants in Cornwall. View our range of dining gift vouchers and treat that special someone.

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"An exceptional hotel & restaurant "
An exceptional hotel & restaurant in a wonderful location! Relaxed and super comfortable. Fabulous staff particular thanks to Steph and a great chef in Oli! Food was amazing! Everyone made our extra...
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"A magical visit"
We visited Driftwood to celebrate my husband’s birthday, and it was a magical experience from beginning to end. The staff were all so kind and attentive, the room super comfortable, and all the ...
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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...
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"Beautiful Hotel"
We have walked past this hotel many times on our walk to the beach from the Caravan Club site at the top of the road and always said we must stay there sometime. Well now we have and it was all that we...
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"My new favourite hotel"
I've visited this amazing hotel twice now. Once with friends and our three children and once with my family. Everything is just lovely... location, food, decor, wine list, atmosphere...I could go on. ...
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"Superb!"
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...
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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...
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"Sublime! Still my favourite restaurant in the world!"
As usual the Driftwood did not disappoint. We had a truly wonderful evening for my partner's birthday starting with complimentary champagne on the terrace looking at the beautiful view below of the mediterranean...
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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...
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"Another wonderful visit - delicious food"
We keep coming back to Driftwood. Every time the visit is wonderful and this was no exception. The food is outstandingly good, even for its class, and we had a delicious dinner again. The staff are all...
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"Friendly and welcoming - amazing food!"
We stayed in Room 5, which was a good size with a VERY BIG and comfortable bed.  The staff were, without exception, welcoming and genuinely wished to make the stay a pleasure. The food was beautiful...
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"Definitely one of my favourites"
 This place in Portscatho is not necessarily unknown, but its definitely one of my favourites..."...
Nathan Outlaw, The Times
"Cuddle-inducing retreat "
Charming, atmospheric…There can be no more cuddle-inducing retreat in Cornwall than this......
London Evening Standard
"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...
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"Perfect"
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
"Great hotel in a fantastic setting made extra special by the food and the staff"
We stayed for four days in mid July and had fantastic weather every day. We had booked DB&B as with everything just out of lockdown we felt it was easier and safer. Turned out to be a great choice...
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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...
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"Perfect Balance"
In my opinion this Hotel gets it just right, blessed with the perfect position set in sub tropical gardens on the edge of a cliff with access to a stunning sandy beach with crystal clear waters Paul and...
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"Truly wonderful, hidden Cornish gem!"
Wow! What a beautiful restaurant and breathtaking scenery. The food was incredible especially the fish board, and we even walked down and took a dip in the sea at the beach. The staff were so friendly...
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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...
Brian Jackman, Daily Telegraph
"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...
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"Guest Email"
We would just like to thank you and your very professional and friendly staff for making our stay at The Driftwood this week as enjoyable as it always is. In light of this very difficult and testing ...
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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 ...
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"Family hotel with a hidden beach"
We've stayed in the area on holiday many times over the years and always come to our favourite restaurant for dinner. This year, we weren't able to secure a holiday rental in the area, so we decided to...
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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
"Great food, great hotel"
Fantastic family break after lockdown. The hotel is perfectly situated near a lovely beach, staff were brilliant and very friendly, top class chef made for a perfect place to celebrate my wife’s...
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"Outstanding Service"
Staff were to a member courteous and helpful. We only went for coffee and lunch but we felt we were extremely well looked after by them! Fantastic views too. Easy access to the beach too. Overall hugely...
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"Great 2nd Stay"
We returned to the Driftwood to stay for 4 nights in July as our escape post COVID lockdown. The service is as good as our last visit in 2019 as was the food. The Head Chef has changed with Oliver Pierrepont...
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"Superb!"
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...
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"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...
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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
"Still the best"
This is my second review after last staying there 6 years ago. Our memories of the hotel and of course the magnificent restaurant were very high. Well, all I can say is that it is as good as we remembered...
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"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...
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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
"Family Treat"
A huge family treat, we had the superb taster menus and a great fun experience. Big thank you to Guy, our waiter, so efficient and kind, a great personality. Date of visit: February 2020...
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"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...
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"Romantic Cornish hideaway"
This is a fabulous, very romantic Cornish hideaway... Elegant dining with delicate dishes packed with flavour...
Tom Chesshyre - The Times
"What a gem"
We came here while on holiday and was totally blown away. This place reminded me of Barbados and I felt right at home. The food is of a very high quality and very tasty. Staff are discrete and efficient...
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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...
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" The best in Cornwall"
Outstanding food - we couldn’t ask for more. Great wine pairing and attentive staff. The tasting menu was unbelievably good. We’ll be back!...
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""Excellence All Round""
"Our second stay in this well located cliff top hotel on the Roseland Peninsular. Extremely comfortable rooms and first class service from a top team of dedicated and friendly staff. Similarly excellent...
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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!

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