A TRIP TO CORNWALL - PART 2
BEDRUTHAN STEPS HOTEL - TRAVEL REVIEW - 27TH OCTOBER 2012
Last October, my other half Steve and I went to Cornwall for a mini break for three nights. The first night of our stay, at The Llawnroc Hotel, can be seen here - http://dottydishes.tumblr.com/post/36504868063/a-trip-to-cornwall-part-1-the-llawnroc-hotel.
For the second night we ventured from Gorran Haven to the Mawgan Porth area just outside Newquay and close to one of my favourite places in Cornwall, the lovely coastal town of Padstow. It was about a 45 minute cab ride but it was through picturesque countryside and it was a pleasant cold but sunny day.
We arrived at the Bedruthan Steps at around 11am, which we knew was too early to check into our room but thought we could sit and relax for a couple of hours and have a spot of lunch. The Bedruthan is a huge white building on a hill overlooking cliffs with a wonderful sea view and it has a kind of 1970s feel to the architecture which I quite liked.
The first thing we noticed on arrival were the amount of families in the communal areas of the hotel and had both actually forgotten that while we were there it was half term. But we knew that the hotel, unlike their nearby adults only hotel The Scarlet, was one that really catered for families with different accommodation options and lots of family activities so it didn’t really bother us, but we could see how it might put some couples off.
As we thought, our room wasn’t ready so we left our bags in reception and went for a wander. The hotel is really spacious inside and has a huge communal lounge area with lots of comfy sofas, a library room for reading and a bit of peace and quiet, a games room, a shop and also a welcoming cafe area for drinks, lunch and breakfast and more relaxed dinners. The decor of the whole place was really cool and inviting and mixed vintage furniture and Orla Kiely style fabrics with modern furnishings.
Outside we found lovely gardens with two swimming pools and sun loungers, a play area and the indoor swimming pool and spa. The beach could also be accessed from steps leading down from the hotel to a short coastal path.
After a nice walk we decided to venture back inside for a drink. It was lunchtime and was a little hectic so we retreated to the library room and had a beer and a glass of prosecco and read the papers. The sofa was one that you could just sink into and it was a real treat sitting drinking fizz by a warm fire looking out at the sea.
We should have been full from lunch but were a little peckish after our drinks so decided to head to the cafe for a sandwich. We were given a seat looking out of the huge windows at the beach and it was just lovely and I remember thinking that you would pay a lot for a view as beautiful as that. Unfortunately our sandwiches weren’t quite as spectacular and came on boring sandwich loaf bread with some vegetable crisps and without a scoop of the days salads as advertised on the menu. It was a bit disappointing for £6.50.
After lunch we were able to check into our room and we were put in a double room on the first floor. I have to say, after being impressed with the downstairs decor, I was rather disappointed with our room. It was quite small and really plain and was almost Travelodge in style and not the cool, well thought out decor of downstairs. I suspect the rooms are catered more for families but I thought it was a real shame as with a few touches, it could have been so much nicer. We did have a sea view though and it was lovely to open the double doors and just look out at the sea.
We changed into our swimsuits straight away after checking in and headed down to the spa. The main pool was full so we went through to the spa area and had a long soak in the jacuzzi followed by a relax reading magazines on the comfy loungers looking out to sea. It was the perfect place to relax.
That evening we had dinner booked in the hotels Herring Restaurant and fancied a drink at the bar before dinner so headed back to the room to get ready. The hotel felt a really different place in the evening when it was just adults and I have to say, we did find it more relaxing. We enjoyed a drink at the bar and then headed downstairs for dinner.
The Herring Restaurant was in the basement and was decorated really well and had a lovely chilled vibe. We were given a table for two in the corner and ordered a bottle of the house white while we perused the menu. There was a heavy focus on fish in the restaurant which we loved and there were so many delicious sounding dishes.
To start we finally decided on the Red Mullet with a Coconut broth, sweet onions and pak choi and beef with Cod Cheek fritters and pea and wasabi purée. They were both presented beautifully and tasted delicious and we were excited about our main!
For main course I decided on the Sea Bass with prawn dumplings and a Thai salad and Steve opted for the Monkfish and seafood curry with Jasmine rice. My dish was really flavoursome with the different spices and the dumplings were really yummy. The monkfish was cooked perfectly and worked really well with the Thai flavours and the curry had a nice amount of spice but wasn’t too hot.
For pudding we couldn’t decide what the order but eventually settled on the Apple Strudel with Cinnamon Cream, Apple Sorbet and Shortbread and Cheese and Biscuits. The sorbet and shortbread with my dessert were both really nice but the strudel was a bit soggy and the cream was unfortunately a bit tasteless, which both let it down. The cheeseboard was fine but the cheeses were all a bit too overpowering and it really needed a nice cheddar to balance it out.
After dinner we went back to the bar for a nightcap of Amaretto on ice and were told they were setting up in the games room for a casino night so decided to go along to that. There were only a few couples but the host was in good spirits and got everyone involved and we weren’t playing for real money so it was just a bit of fun and a good end to the night.
We had a good nights sleep and before checking out the following morning, went and sampled breakfast in the cafe. It was all self serve and they had lots of choice of both hot and cold foods. I tried the homemade granola with rhubarb compote and Greek yogurt and also had a cooked breakfast, as did Steve, and it was all really delicious. I loved the Orla Kiely mugs too!
The Bedruthan is a great family hotel and would also be a good place to go with a group of friends as there are lots of activities (these range from fishing to bread making to sewing), it’s right on the beach and is also close to the likes of Padstow, Newquay and Watergate Bay (which has a fantastic beach and is home to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen). I don’t think it’s the best place for couples during half term but I think out of season, it would definitely be a good place to visit.
I loved the Herring Restaurant and would definitely recommend a visit.
Dotty Dishes was a guest of the Bedruthan Steps.
Bedruthan Steps Hotel, The Clifftop, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall TR8 4BU.
* The Bedruthan Steps are running an offer for a two night break with a three course dinner at The Herring Restaurant and dinner at the hotels nearby adult only hotel The Scarlet for £380. *