With breathtaking views across the Atlantic, Polurrian on the Lizard is a spectacular clifftop hangout where vintage glamour meets coastal-contemporary. If unforgettable sunsets coupled with expertly mixed aperitifs are holiday musts, this turn-of-the-century railway hotel should be top of your list.
What better plan for a summer Sunday than fine food and smooth sounds in a stunning location? The Woodfired Sessions tick all those boxes, combining delicious food and drink with a live acoustic set from a roster of some of Cornwall’s finest performers.
Arrive early for a Woodfired lunch, and enjoy a digestif backed by quality entertainment; or rock up in time for the performance at 4pm, leaving yourself enough time to order a cocktail with a Cornish twist, or the taster board of local and artisan rums.
You could even make a day of it, making use of the hotel’s leisure facilities (temporary membership is available). That was our plan. We arrived mid-morning, in time for a much-needed neck, back and shoulders Elemis massage in the spa for me, followed by some quiet time in the relaxation room.
Meanwhile, my other half and our daughter strode off along the coast path in search of ice cram, and wound up at Poldhu Cove, famous for its connections with radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, who sent his first transatlantic message from this very spot. Upon their return, we enjoyed some family time in the 30ft heated indoor swimming pool and its hot-tub (the outdoor pool is also available from May to September).
Then it was time for lunch. The restaurant offers Mediterranean-inspired meals, using produce from within a 20-mile radius where possible, cooked in a wood-fired Gozney oven and served in spectacular surroundings. We took our table, by floor-to-ceiling windows boasting captivating views over Mounts Bay, and ordered wood-fired hand-stretched pizzas.
By 4pm, we were feeling very relaxed, mellowed by the warmth of the sun, good food and a large glass of wine. Excitement was building as more people arrived specially to hear Our Atlantic Roots, aka husband-and-wife duo Mac and Laura, who took to the stage area and delivered an hour of American-style folk (Mac hails from North Carolina). They are due to return to the Polurrian in November, but in the meantime, there is a fabulous line-up on offer for the summer.
Polurrian on The Lizard is embarking on a fresh chapter with a new owner and significant investment on the horizon. Lincolnshire businessman Andrew Long has holidayed with his family in Cornwall for over three decades, and is co-founder and CEO of the Extra Motorway Services Areas Group; he has exciting plans to enhance the existing facilities. Watch this space!
WoodFired Sessions, August/September:
August 7: The Sea Strings. Classical, contemporary and folk music on violin and harp.
August 14: Ryan Jones. Singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist.
August 21: Adam Parfitt. Covering The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Oasis and more.
August 28: Miranda Brook. Sumptuous cover versions and awesome original compositions.
September 4: Rick Chappell and Barry Hunt. Acoustic music from Paul Simon to Paul Weller.
September 11: Sam Ashton. Soulful blues and country tones.
September 18: Helm & The All-Star Band. Sweet country slide guitar.
September 25: Callum Flew. Jazz, swing and big band favourites.
The Woodfired Sessions continue throughout the year. Lunch from noon to 4pm; acts play at 4pm. Woodfired pizzas available from 6pm (eat in or take-away). Special offer: Pizza & Pint (or Prosecco) £15. Book by calling 01326 240421 or visit www.polurrianhotel.com