Beyond the confines of the room, there are various lounge areas to relax in, and for those wanting to eat at the hotel, there are two choices of eateries on the ground floor.
These are overseen by executive chef, Christopher Archambault, and offer a spectacular vista over Fistral Bay. The first is the more formal two-rosette Samphire restaurant which has a short menu limited to just a few options for each course. The second is the comparatively laid-back one-rosette Terrace Restaurant which we tried for dinner, and serves dishes such as local seafood and chargrilled meats.
We decided to pass on a starter to save ourselves for the mains and desserts, and therefore we nibbled on a basket of fresh bread (£4) and olive oil, which was accompanied by some refreshing rose lemonade.
After a short pause, my butternut squash tortelloni (which is equally available as a starter) arrived. Topped by some fresh parmesan flakes, the pasta parcels were accompanied by wisps of goats cheese, a sprinkling of dried sage, as well as a healthy portion of butternut squash purée, meaning that the dish (costing £15) was extremely filling (and tasty), and I was therefore pleased that I hadn’t eaten much before. My other half tackled her large bowl of beef ramen with chopsticks which were made up of noodles, shimeji mushrooms, spring onion and hoisin sauce. Both of our selections were excellent. With little space left, we decided to opt for a light dessert of Callestick Farm chocolate and honeycomb ice cream (£4 for two scoops), in addition to a soya hot chocolate (£2.85) to round off what had been a great meal.
Overlooking the sea, breakfast is served in the Samphire restaurant, and there is a generous self-service buffet of pastries, juices, bread, cheese, fruit and yoghurt to name but a few of the delicacies on display. This is not forgetting the hot buffet which has all the hearty components of a full English, plus a menu where you can order the likes of smoked salmon with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce (which I sampled), or freshly-made pancakes.
The Headland Hotel & Spa is a destination which has all the vital ingredients for a relaxing stay. It’s not perfect in every aspect of what it does, but these little niggles are outweighed by the great level of service and comfort which you experience when visiting. The Headland is definitely worth putting on the list when coming to Cornwall for a well-earned break.
The Headland Hotel & Spa – Where and How?
The Headland Hotel & Spa is located at Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1EW. For more information, or to make a reservation, visit www.headlandhotel.co.uk.
We travelled to The Headland Hotel & Spa in the Lexus GS F.