Press Reviews

What the papers say...

"One of the top 20 sexiest restaurants"

Times, 3 February 2018

“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

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

Tom Chesshyre - The Times

" I'd send my son and his girlfriend here; I'd send my mother and her ailments here: they would all be looked after equally well. And, of course I would send myself."

Fiona Duncan, Sunday Telegraph

"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

"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

"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

"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

"…one of Cornwall’s best."

Coast Magazine

"Another fine establishment is the extremely stylish driftwood hotel…"

Country Life

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

London Evening Standard

"…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

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

Nathan Outlaw, The Times


...what you say

“Wonderful Relaxing Experience”

What a wonderful spot this hotel is situated in, superb sea views, pathway to its own beach and everything one could wish for. Comfort is the hotels byword here with hearty fires in winter (and early spring!). The food is what sets this hotel apart from its competition. Stunningly dishes wonderfully twinned with a surprisingly wide selection of wine ensure guests have no avenue for disappointment. Altogether a wonderful relaxing experience metres from the sea! (Extract from Trip Advisor March 2013)


xquisite from start to finish. Food, Rooms and Staff, phenomenal - simply could not fault. The location is breath-taking, we drove out from London for one night and it was worth every mile. Cannot wait to go back! (Extract from Trip Advisor March 2013)

“Lovely accommodation”

My partner and I were in room 10 which is a large double. Tastefully furnished, more chique than shabby with great views. Chris Eden is the resident Michelin-starred chef and he and his team perform wonders with their local ingredients, notably the fish and seafood. The hotel is right on the southwest coastal path and there are some lovely walks literally on the doorstep. Ian and Fiona have assembled a very happy team here and it shows in every way through the operations of the hotel. (Extract from Trip Advisor February 2013)

“Heaven, both on the plate and on the spirit”

I fell in love on arrival and each time I returned from a day out. A great location to enjoy the SW Coastal path. The hotel decor, ambience & service managed to mirror the magical location. The staff managed to balance professional and friendly to give a fantastic service, knowledgeable both of location & food. And now to the food, although I have experienced 2 Michelin stars previously, I'm not lucky enough to experience Michelin star food regularly however I cannot understand how the chef Chris Eden was only awarded 1 star, having checked the criteria I would definitely say his food is exceptional and worth a special journey. (Extract Trip Advisor February 2013)

“What more can one ask for?”

A luxury hotel in a peaceful cliff top setting. Excellent service from all departments, unobtrusive, never intimidating, yet always on hand as soon as you have a need. Fine dining - star well deserved, good wine list. There are lots of quiet and secluded seats in the sheltered garden. We sat there and watched a school of dolphins close below.... Perfect! (Extract Trip Advisor November 2013)

“Pure escapism”

We came here with my mother and her husband at the beginning of September as a special treat. We live in Australia and wanted a lovely holiday together on our trip back to the UK. We chose this place after careful research on tripadvisor and if anything it surpassed all our expectations. The setting is stunning. As soon as you get inside, the care and attention to detail of the decoration is immediately apparent and the views from just about every window are absolutely breath-taking. Staff and owners were really friendly and helpful, with suggestions on where to go, what to see and other good places to eat - not at all concerned when we cancelled our booking at the restaurant on a couple of evenings to try other places. They seem to have a constant waiting list for the restaurant tables but give hotel customers priority. The meal we did eat there was excellent and breakfasts were fantastic. All together this is a dream like experience - how you hope your holiday will be but how they very rarely live up to. (Extract from Trip Advisor November 2012)

"Couldn't have asked for a better stay"

This hotel is an absolute "must" when going to cornwall - beautiful views over the coast, delicious breakfast, attentive service, an impressive attention to detail and a great central location to visit the surroundings. I would also advise to try their Michelin-starred restaurant - we enjoyed a memorable gourmet experience worth every penny... a Chef with incredible talent! (Extract from Trip Advisor June 2016)

"Fabulous Hotel"

Stayed four nights in this lovely hotel and wished we could have stayed at least another four. The setting was stunning, right on the cliff top with beautiful gardens going down to the cliff top where steps led down to the beach. The lounge areas were really comfortable and homely, yet very stylish. Our bedroom was lovely with amazing views of the sea. With the window open at night, we could hear the waves breaking on the beach. All the staff were friendly, helpful and very professional. They couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The breakfast was superb, with a good choice of fresh fruit, juices, pastries and extensive cooked options. The evening meal was exceptional. There was a tasting menu, but we opted for the three course dinner which was delicious, light and beautifully presented. We cannot remember another time we have enjoyed a meal so much. (Extract from Trip Advisor May 2016)


What a jewel! Set in lovely grounds on the Roseland peninsula, this is a real treasure. With welcoming staff, gorgeously decorated in muted tones and lots of driftwood!, this hotel is understated but luxurious - with its' own beach and views to die for. Dinner in the evening was wonderful - all dishes served to perfection by an amazing chef and his knowledgeable team. We will be going again! (Extract from trip Advisor April 2016)

"A belated birthday treat"

My partner treated me to an evening and overnight stay at Driftwood. I think it's fair to say that it doesn't get much better than this. The hotel is relaxed and informal. We had a room with a sea view, which was just stunning, despite the rather inclement Cornish weather. Our evening meal was the highlight however. I don't think I've had a more enjoyable and superbly prepared meal ever. It was simply sublime. I could wax lyrical about the service and reception as well, but my advice is to simply treat yourself. You won't regret it and it'll probably be the most memorable meal of your life. (Extract from Trip Advisor February 2016)

"Tranquility and great food"

Driftwood Hotel has everything you would want for a calm and restful break. Perched on the cliffs with stunning views out to sea it is on the Coastal Path. The communal areas and rooms are all decorated to the coastal theme and to a very high standard. Service was excellent in all areas. The restaurant fully deserves its Michelin star... (Extract from Trip Advisor November 2015)

"What a view"

My husband and I stayed 5 nights at The Driftwood - we loved every minute we were there! We were made to feel at home the moment we stepped through the door. The hotel is beautifully decorated with understated elegance. Our hosts looked after us perfectly and the staff took pleasure in explaining every detail of our food ....... The dinner was exemplarary and breakfast was also a real treat. My only complaint is that I didn't want to leave! (Extract from Trip Advisor November 2015)

"Heavenly food, delightful staff"

We had an evening meal here on the 9 October 2015. Not only is the hotel absolutely beautiful and stylish with outstanding views of the sea, the food is sublime. The attention to detail with the food is truly amazing and the staff are so pleasant and helpful. I require a gluten and lactose free diet and they went out fo their way to ensure that I didn't miss out on any of the courses even down to the appetisers. I just wish this hotel was on my doortep. Will definitely go again on our next visit to Cornwall. (Extract from Trip Advisor October 2015)

"Foodie delight"

Perched on a hill overlooking a picture perfect bay, Driftwood is a gem. Close enough to the trendy attractions of St Mawes but a breath of fresh air for foodies who want all the boxes ticked with none of the pretentions. The rooms aren't all that spacious but super comfy beds so no moans from us. The food is wonderful and the Michelin star well deserved. The wine list is excellent and the staff knowledgeable and friendly (without being over friendly). (Extract from Trip Advisor September 2015)