A word from our kitchen

Some say that Spring arrives early in these parts; well it's true.  After a ridiculous amount of rain through the winter; the clouds have cleared, the winds blew in from the East and the land dried up.

The wild flowers poked their heads up through the soils; the first of the dewy mornings revealed that long awaited sight of Three Cornered Leeks and Alexanders...  Spring is here.

We have an uber larder on our doorstep.  Amongst the hedgerows we can forage for Hogweed Shoots, Meadowsweet, Japanese Knotweed and lots more.  And along the waters edge, Samphire and Sea Beet.

Join Caroline Davey, Fat Hen for some foraging days; starting at The Gurnard's, a brisk circular walk around the headland & back for lunch.  Please see her page for details: www.fathen.org

So ditch the winter jumper, put on your walking boots & come to stay; Dawlish is back on track & the roads are quiet now the schools have gone back.  Make the most of our Sleepovers.




Group Bookings

The Gurnard’s Head is well suited to parties, large or small.  Our dining room can be split up to suit whatever size your group. Our huge Bakers’ Table looking out to the garden is ideal for tables of up to about 16.

Outside we have a large stone barbecue that can be used during the summer for a private party.

If you'd like to bring a group to lunch or dine at The Gurnard's Head, we should agree menus with you beforehand. Email us for ideas at enquiries@gurnardshead.co.uk.

Special Diets

We think vegetarian food can be great food.  Cornwall's larder is a great opportunity to cook great food for those who don't want to eat meat or fish. 

Our aim isto make the numerous vegetarian items on our menu so good that carnivores and pescivores will want to choose them. Have a look.... 

We can also cater for coeliacs and those on gluten free diets, but do ask that we are advised of any dietary requirements when a booking is made.


Service Charges

Many restaurants imply a rather broad meaning to the word “discretionary” when applying a service charge.

We do not levy any service charge. Anything that guests choose to leave is split equally between our whole team (except sadly the business owners). All we, as owners, ask is that resident guests who have eaten with us remember the team when they check out.


We welcome children all year round and at both lunch and supper, in both the bar and the dining room. Children will one day be our paying guests and we think they tend to respond well to being treated as adults.

If you are staying and would like your younger children to eat earlier, then we can provide high tea in the bar from 5:30.

“In a remote spot on the Atlantic coast, The Gurnard's Head is the perfect place to loose an afternoon... this is where chefs go to eat in Cornwall.”
Tickey Headley Dent, Conde Nast Traveller, July 2013
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Tel: 01736 796 928
The Gurnards Head, Nr Zennor
St. Ives, TR26 3DE