Understated style with a view

PUBLISHED: 15:43 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:02 16 July 2013


It was unseasonably cold when we landed at The Rosevine, the stylish yet understated hotel near Portscatho. No matter though – the warmth of the welcome soon made us forget the somewhat unforgiving temperatures outside.

If you haven’t sought out The Rosevine then I’d suggest you do so pronto. Newly-installed chef Tim Pile and his menu mixing seasonality and simplicity is not the only reason to linger, but it’s a pretty good start.

After being shown to our apartment-style room (handy for families staying, I am sure) we were soon hunkered down in the welcoming lounge with a pre-dinner snifter enjoying the stylish interior design and the much-needed crackle of a log fire.

The menu created by Tim, who has previously worked at a galaxy of Cornwall’s stellar restaurants, including the Gurnards Head and The Seafood Restaurant, is billed as making the most of the locally available provender and it doesn’t disappoint.

The food was unfussy and tasty and served in a convivial atmosphere in a modern dining room with superb views over the bay. You may well have to fight your dining companion to ensure you get ‘the view’ but it will be worth the battle.

Relaxation is the key to stay at The Rosevine and with the beach so close for adventures and a heated indoor swimming pool to welcome you if and when the weather turns, there can surely be no finer spot to linger, be it for a meal or an overnight stay. n

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