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Posted on Jan 30, 2018 by

The Gurnard’s Head has won countless awards for both its food and accommodation. The cosy pub with rooms sits close to the South West Coast Path near Zennor, almost at Land’s End.

During January, The Gurnard’s Head runs a “Lunch for a Fiver” offer. Sign up via their website to receive news and offers.

We made the most of our vouchers on a cold, grey, mizzly day. The roaring fires in the bar were popular, in particular with the many dogs who were snoozing in front of them. The dining area is warm and comfortable, with original artwork (much of it for sale) adorning the walls.

We started with smoked salt fish croquettes with tartare sauce. The crispy breadcrumb coating contained smooth mashed potato, with a little cheese, and generous quantities of fish. They were very moreish, and we should have ordered two portions as everyone loved them.

Our other starter was the smoked sea trout with beetroot and horseradish. The trout had wonderful texture and flavour, and was complemented by the zingy beetroot and pickles and the fairly punchy horseradish cream.

Both the children adore duck, so were thrilled with their slow cooked duck legs, served with sauté potatoes, Brussels sprouts and a creamy mustard sauce. There was very nearly a crispy skin incident too…

Jim’s main consisted of perfectly pan-fried gurnard fillets, with sea buckthorn (the bright yellow purée, we think, beautifully sweet), carrot, charred kale and sweet chilli. This dish made me think of hot holidays, with its fresh, slightly Asian flavours, and smokiness.

I opted for the cod (again, cooked to perfection) which sat atop sweet celeriac purée, chunks of roasted celeriac, brown shrimps, curly kale and a salty chicken butter. It was savoury and flavoursome, comforting and wonderful.

On to pudding. The children couldn’t see past the word “churros” on the menu. Seven warm, cinnamon dusted deep-fried sticks of loveliness were dunked into the hot chocolate sauce. In turn, the sauce was then finished with a spoon, and I think they’d have licked the cups clean if we’d allowed them to.

Jim was eating from the set menu, and opted for the lemon posset. The posset was topped with blackcurrant coulis, and served with blackcurrant sorbet and melt-in-the-mouth shortbread.

My pud was amazing: a dark chocolate covered iced banana parfait, with slices of banana, peanut ice cream and caramel.

I couldn’t fault the menu, the food, the pub, or the lovely waitresses who looked after us very well. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and have already rebooked to visit again.

For more information, sample menus, and to make a reservation for a meal or an overnight stay, visit

All photos by Barefoot Media. The first picture is to prove just what a grotty day it was; despite the colour of the building, it was only just visible!

Lunch menu details:

The set lunch is priced at £18 for two courses and £21 for three courses. Starters are all between £8 and £9, main courses range from £11.50 to £20, and puddings are between £5 and £7.50. Side orders of vegetables to accompany mains are £3.50 each, and a selection of cheese is available at £3 each. There is also a children’s menu.

When the “Lunch for a Fiver” offer is running, one voucher can be used for two people, and when one person pays full price for their meal, the other pays £5 for their food. In effect, when it comes to settling your bill, the total food bill is halved, and £5 is added per voucher used. Under the offer, we spent around £75 on lunch for four people.

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