The Restaurant at the Headland
The sea rolls in below this magnificent Victorian hotel (once the setting for the film of Roald Dahl’s The Witches) and you can enjoy the spectacle from its grand dining room – a riot of chandeliers and white napery, with wide windows allowing uninterrupted views down to the beach. The menu majors on popular classics, with plenty of tip-top Cornish ingredients in evidence – witness perfectly cooked local mussels with smoky bacon and Cornish cider or a generous bowl of bucatini pasta with crab, chilli, lime and coriander. To finish, a skilfully rendered dessert of summer pudding with Eton mess packs a fruity punch, while the interesting wine list offers thoroughly quaffable, reasonably priced tipples from Cornwall to New Zealand. If you prefer something informal, there are several other food options here, including a bar, terrace and state-of-the-art spa.