“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 Head Chef, Aaron McNamara, 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.

Our menus change to reflect the seasons so there’s always a reason to return and an excuse to try another bottle from our wine 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 cream tea.

Please note: our restaurant is temporarily closed on Sundays and Mondays. Our Tasting Menus and Sunday Lunch menus are unavailable until further notice.

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 pre-booking is essential. We are delighted to take advance lunch and cream tea bookings too - choose to relax with a bite to eat in our cosy lounge, on our terrace or in our gardens. Please call or email us to book.

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Award-winning Restaurant

Award-winning Restaurant

3 AA Rosettes

We are delighted to share our restaurant has been awarded three prestigious AA Rosettes. Congratulations to our kitchen team for their hard work, and for 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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Looking for restaurants in Portscatho? No problem, we welcome non-residents. Prior booking is essential, please call 01872 580644 to book. Come and enjoy fresh, quality dining in a relaxed coastal setting with breathtaking views.

Restaurant opening times:
Dinner – daily from 6.30pm – 9.30pm 
Lunch - daily from 12.30pm - 2pm
Cream Tea – daily from 3pm – 5pm

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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Gift experiences to remember

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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"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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"A piece of Heaven"
This is our second stay at Driftwood, returning now from August. It’s not often we return to a place, but Driftwood is special; it has an aura of relaxation, calm, nothing is too much trouble and...
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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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"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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"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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"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
""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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"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
"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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"Romantic Cornish hideaway"
This is a fabulous, very romantic Cornish hideaway... Elegant dining with delicate dishes packed with flavour...
Tom Chesshyre - The Times
"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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
"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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"Definitely one of my favourites"
 This place in Portscatho is not necessarily unknown, but its definitely one of my favourites..."...
Nathan Outlaw, The Times
"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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" 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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"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
"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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"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
"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"Cuddle-inducing retreat "
Charming, atmospheric…There can be no more cuddle-inducing retreat in Cornwall than this......
London Evening Standard
"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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"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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"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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"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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"One word summarises the food quality : OUTSTANDING"
This is a small comfortable hotel on the Roseland Coast, known to us in the past.We stayed the night in a sea view room and ate in the restaurant and while we have eaten in Michelin star restaurants all...
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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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