Mark Pugh takes a trip to St Ives to put the renowned reputation of the Tregenna Castle Hotel to the test
With a view across St Ives to die for and the Tregenna Castle Hotel’s huge presence it is hard not to use the word impressive, but impressive it is. I’d arrived with my companion not really knowing what to expect but would leave relaxed and determined to visit again…and again.
Tregenna has been an impressive hotel and estate since its early days as one of the many properties owned by Great Western Railways. Now an independent hotel it caters for everyone, from those just off the train to those taking time out for a weekend treat. For my companion and myself it was the latter.
On arrival I was met by a huge smile at reception, just what one needs when taking time out to smooth away the weeks worries. The smile, belonging to the helpful reception staff, encouraged me to investigate my room. Comfortable, large and with a superb sea view, the room was yet another additional aid to my relaxation mission.
A short time later my companion and I headed to the restaurant for a delightful six course meal. Yes, six courses. Properly proportioned, presented and cooked beautifully the food was a treat in itself.
The prices of the food are the kind to fit anyone’s budget, the food was exquisite. The first course was a deliciously prepared Massala Tandori Westcountry Chicken. Next was a beautifully presented South Devon Beef Salad with Thai Twist, followed by a superb Tempura King Prawns with a Vegetable Spaghetti Salad. Italian style St Ives Mackerel with fresh Orange Scented Olives. Confit of Grampound Duck served with a Port and Redcurrant Reduction.
Despite our already being more than satisfied by the food offered so far there was one more course to enjoy. Ah maybe pudding, one shouldn’t miss pudding and so we didn’t.
Pudding consisted of various chocolatey delights. An Assiette of Chocolate; Callestick Farm Double Chocolate Ice Cream, home made profiteroles and dark chocolate brownie. I’d have to say despite only having been at the hotel for less than three hours my weekend mission to relax was already successful. I’d already arrived.
Executive Chef Scott Young, the man who designed the six course meal spoke about what he was seeking to do with the food he presented: “I am extremely inspired by the fine local produce that Cornwall offers and I like to present food creatively so that it is appealing to the eye.” He succeded in so many ways.
In addition to the fantastic rooms and food on offer Tregenna has a bar, two heated pools – one indoor and one outdoor, a fully equipped gym, hair and beauty salon, luxury cottages and apartments. It also has a 18 hole links golf course. With all this and the St Ives location how can you go wrong?
Tregenna Castle Estate, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DE
Telephone: 01736 795254
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