The list— No.39

The Gurnard’s Head

Just off Cornwall’s Atlantic coast, Between St Ives and St Just, close to the Minack Theatre, the gastropub The Gurnard’s Head sits.

Head chef Max Wilson and general manager Chris Curnow work tirelessly the ensure the fine-food pub and inn returns customers and guests, although momentarily, to a slower pace of life that so many yearn for.

Switch off in the soulful embrace of one of Cornwall’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, which has changed little in hundreds of years.

While relaxing and enjoying your surroundings, the chef’s food, which you will want to eat, is full of strong flavours, spirited and cooked beautifully with locally-sourced ingredients.

The gastropub’s supper menu includes earthy dishes such as a foraged nettle and mint gazpacho starter with lemon sour cream; ray wing with crushed potatoes, chard, samphire and shrimp butter for main; and various seasonal desserts.

As with the food, a high-quality drinks offer is important at the Gurnard’s Head and a selection of wines, spirits and ales have been carefully chosen to be enjoyed in the bar and with food in the dining area.

For instance, draught ales are dictated by the demands of the locals’ and so the pub serves a healthy range of local ales from breweries including Skinners, St Austell and Harbour Brewing to name a few. Cornish Crown is also a mainstay.

A small selection of popular wines are sold by the glass, while as many as 20 are sold by the carafe. Wine is approached with a serious mind and a light heart, which means customers who know little about the wider world of wine needn’t worry, while boffins will be in their element.

An intriguing mix of Armagnac, cognac and calvados also shine on the Gurnard’s Head’s drinks offer.

While the gastropub is also keen to push sherry with its ‘give sherry a chance’ agenda, which has resulted in the pub offering more than a handful of sherries by the glass.

The Gurnard’s Head

Gurnards Head

TR26 3DE

01736 796 928


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