On the south Cornish coast between Polperro and Looe, Talland Bay Hotel is set in two lush acres of subtropical gardens, a pebble’s skim from the beach. From the outside it’s a quite conventional, long, low, white-painted building, but the interior packs a cool punch. You’ll find sofas covered in zany zebra stripes, extravagantly high-backed chairs and quirky contemporary paintings and objets d’art. The gorgeous, panelled dining room is more classic, an appropriate setting for Nick Hawke’s top-notch Cornish cooking. A large terrace provides plenty of space for summer dining, while the brasserie-style Conservatory offers a more laid-back alternative. The hotel prides itself on being dog-friendly, with pooches welcome in most bedrooms as well as in the garden suites in the grounds. Choose to stay in one of the beach-chic rooms, perhaps one with a sleigh bed or four-poster draped in white fabric. For more space and privacy, the garden suites are ideal.
Doubles from £160
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Diminutive restaurant supervisor Kyra Varney, who’ll be delighted to whip you up a bespoke cocktail on request.
Nick Hawke’s seasonally changing menu showcasing the best local produce never fails to impress, from the superlative chateaubriand sharing platter to the spring lamb. Make sure to leave room for the hotel’s signature afternoon ‘G and tea’.
A trip aboard Moonraker to Looe Island. Managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, this nature reserve is home to cormorants, oystercatchers and grey seals. Or be inspired by the hotel’s collection to pick up some local art in nearby Fowey.
CLAIM TO FAME
Famous guests have included Mick Jagger and Chris Evans, while Richard and Judy count Talland Bay Hotel amongst their top local lunch haunts.
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