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

One of the Best Restaurants in Cornwall

We are immensely proud of the outstanding food produced by our talented team of chefs, led by the award-winning Paul Green, making our menus a contender for the best restaurant in Cornwall. Top-quality dining would not be possible without the team's commitment and passion for locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and produce.

We grace your plate with only the freshest seafood from Cornish waters, the most flavoursome meat reared from roaming cattle and the freshest vegetables from trusted local farmers.

Dining at the Driftwood restaurant 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.

Come the chillier months, sip a cocktail in our relaxed lounge, warmed by the crackling open fire.

Our menus change to reflect the seasons, so there's always a reason to return to our Portscatho restaurant and an excuse to try another bottle from our carefully curated wine cellar.

Our sea view restaurant in Cornwall is open for light lunches and dinner. We can also cater for private lunches and celebrations. Why not treat someone special to a naughty but oh-so-good afternoon tea?

Restaurant Bookings

If you have an overnight booking, we urge you to book dinner reservations in advance so we can guarantee you a table at our Portscatho restaurant. Non-resident dinner bookings are welcome, but pre-booking is essential. We are delighted to take advance lunch, afternoon tea and cream tea bookings too - choose to relax with a bite to eat in our cosy lounge, on our terrace or in our gardens. 

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Dine With Us

Treat Yourself to Cornwall Dining

Treat yourself to an indulgent affair. We welcome residents and non-residents to enjoy a delicious dining experience in Portscatho, accompanied by beautiful sweeping sea views in our breathtaking coastal setting.

Restaurant opening times:
Dinner – Daily 6.30pm – 9.00pm 
Lunch – Saturday & Sunday 12.30pm - 2pm
Cream Tea – Daily 3pm – 5pm

Reservations required.

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The Finest Ingredients

Sea view dining 

Our aim is simply to awaken your senses to some top-notch food and drink. Sit back and relax in our sea view restaurant in Cornwall and soak in the sweeping views of Gerrans Bay as you browse our seasonal menus. 

We've carefully crafted our food and drink offering to showcase the best Cornish produce, allowing you to taste the best of the county in one beautiful clifftop setting.

All you need to do is choose who to share this memorable experience with. View our sample menus for a taste of what to expect during your visit to our highly acclaimed restaurant in Portscatho.

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

There's something quintessentially simple, yet delightful, about indulging in a freshly prepared afternoon tea at one of the best restaurants in Cornwall. 

At Driftwood, our afternoon teas reflect the high-quality attention to detail and care of our sea-view hotel. Where better to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in Cornwall than in our Portscatho restaurant with unspoilt views of the most scenic stretch of coastline in the UK?

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Meet the Chef

Meet the Chef

Passion and talent come together with our head chef, Paul Green. Paul's menus in our Cornwall restaurant reflect his dedication for good quality, local ingredients, creating seasonal dishes that delight with every bite.

Paul's food philosophy is flavour first. Keep it simple with wonderful local quality ingredients treated with maximum respect. Paul has a particular affinity for seafood and a developing interest in vegetables, which all often appear on his seasonal menus.

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Wine List

Wine List

'Fantastic Wine with Great Company and Wonderful Food, Creates Memories to Cherish' - Paul & Fiona

Our Wine list in our Portscatho restaurant reflects us, the Driftwood. We adore the story behind the label, the location of the winery, the sustainability and the passion of production. This is why our wine list is carefully and thoughtfully created, offering an array of wines for your choosing to accompany your meal perfectly at our sea view restaurant in Cornwall.

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Foodie Gifts

Gift experiences to remember

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

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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
"Exquisite short break"
A wonderful short holiday here to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary. We arrived exhausted after a long drive and a breakdown on the M5 but were soon revived by a warm welcome and a walk down to...
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"Afternoon Tea"
I went with my friend for afternoon tea. It was absolutely amazing! The hotel has such a cozy, relaxing, peaceful ambience. The owners are really good with the interior design. The views are stunning, ...
Google Review
"What a find!"
What a find! Tucked out the way from the usual crowded places, here you have peace and relaxation without any hassle. Just book in and let the price and tranquility of the area wash over you. No other...
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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
"What a wonderful discovery "
We were meeting up with some very dear friends and were looking for somewhere a bit special for lunch. After browsing the internet I came across the Driftwood Hotel, loved the look of it so booked a table...
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"Superb"
We had lunch here with friends to celebrate my 75th birthday. What a find. I think it deserves a Michelin star, or bib at the very least. Every course was superb, well explained and presented. The secluded...
Valerie Taplin
"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
"Fabulous welcome"
We were walk in's, fabulous welcome from the moment we entered asking for a room. Every member of staff was brillant, great wine list. The Ox tail was the best ever eaten, would have been happy to have...
Steve Burbidge
"Perfect for a sunshine break"
This is a delightful hotel in a stunning location. The extensive gardens run down to the sea and the views are breath-taking. The service was outstanding and my husband pronounced breakfast "the best ...
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"Very special place and a fabulous stay"
We will absolutely be coming back to this hotel. Staff, service, views and food were all perfect, thank you! We had a really excellent dinner, the wine list was interesting and very well done. Breakfast...
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"The perfect place for a weekend getaway."
A hidden gem…the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Everything about this place is just superb, from the moment you arrive you instantly feel relaxed.The food is amazing, along with the views...
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"The nicest hotel I've ever stayed in in the UK"
I think this is the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in in the UK. I feel like I could write a novel about how relaxing and idyllic it is to wake up overlooking stunning gardens and ocean views, enjoy a ...
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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
"Superb lunch in an idyllic setting"
My husband and I had lunch here with friends, to celebrate my birthday. Everything was perfect - the food, the atmosphere and decor, and the lovely waitress. The 180-degree view along the coast is outstanding...
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"Cuddle-inducing retreat "
Charming, atmospheric…There can be no more cuddle-inducing retreat in Cornwall than this......
London Evening Standard
"A Little Gem"
This hotel is excellent! The hotel and gardens were tastefully decorated/maintained and created a lovely relaxed vibe. The tasting menu (and wine flight) was outstanding and was a match for any Michelin...
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"An absolutely brilliant 4 nights in this boutique hotal"
Driftwood has the most magnificent position on the cliff top with views to die for. The room, a family room with 2 bedrooms was perfect, the staff were friendly without being obtrusive and the food was...
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"Relaxing hideaway"
My husband and I have just come back from two nights winder get away to The Driftwood Hotel .The location of the hotel is spectacular even in winter as it outlooks gardens, beach and the massive expansive...
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"Dream location "
Very nice dream location with direct access to the beach. Very nice warm welcome at the hotel...The breakfast was exceptionally good and freshly prepared. Cream tea was lovely. The dinner would have earned...
Peter H Google Review
"You need to go here"
Where to start? The bedroom view? (Jaw-stopping sea view from all three windows.) Service? Perfection itself and really friendly, too. Decor? Absolutely stunning, warm and comfortable. But it's the food...
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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 slice of Paradise"
Our second visit in two years and hopefully won't be the last. Amazingly beautiful hotel set in the most idyllic setting imaginable. Breakfast that are just fabulous and extremely comfortable rooms all...
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"Delightful stay in this lovely hotel!"
The hotel is situated in a beautiful location with stunning views and its own beach. Our 2 night stay with family for a special birthday celebration was faultless. The service was friendly and relaxed...
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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
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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