The Gurnards Head

Gurnards Head, Restaurant, near St Ives, West Cornwall
Gurnards Head, Restaurant, near St Ives, West Cornwall
Gurnards Head, Restaurant, near St Ives, West Cornwall
Gurnards Head, Restaurant, near St Ives, West Cornwall
The Gurnard's Head
Nr St Ives
TR26 3DE
Dog Friendly


The Gurnard's Head restaurant lies in the middle of moorland near the South West Coastal Footpath and within sight of the foaming Atlantic. Essential to the operation is a top-notch team in the kitchen, where there is an unusual attention to detail and to the quality of ingredients.

With the emphasis on relaxed informality, lunch and supper can be taken in either the bar or the restaurant, or during much of the summer, in the garden. Like its sister establishment, The Old Coastguard in nearby Mousehole, The Gurnard's Head has a superb wine list with the team’s generous pricing encouraging guests to drink better wines.

Lunch can be as fleeting or as laboured a visit as you like. The menus suit all from the walker seeking refuelling to the serious luncher looking to settle in for a benevolently priced fixed price menu with a carafe of wine or two.

The Gurnard's Head supper menu is short, seasonal and delicious. All food is cooked to order and the menu will change a little every day depending on what the suppliers bring them.

The Gurnard's Head Forage & Feast Day, 9th September

The day includes a two-hour circular coastal walk from the Gurnard’s Head pub hosting by ecologist Caroline Davey of Fat Hen Cookery School. We will be looking at wild edible plants native to the coast and grassland, the walk will involve examining and picking a whole range of plants, learning historical & contemporary uses, facts, anecdotes and recipe ideas for each plant will be discussed on the walk.

Walkers will return to The Gurnards Head for a three course wild lunch, pre-prepared using seasonal foraged ingredients supplied by Caroline. £55 per person

Sail The Bay with Bessie-Ellen and Irene, two magnificent Tall Ships on the National Ships Historic Register

EATDRINKSLEEP is thrilled to be able to offer their guests the chance to take part in an authentic sailing experience on these ships as part of their 2016 EATDRINKSLEEP+ programme.

Bessie Ellen, Britain’s last wooden coasting ketch still under sail, was built in 1904 by William Kelly - she was once part of a fleet that once stood at nearly 700.  FJ Carver and Sons built Irene, also a West Country trading ketch, in 1907. These magnificent ships would have been the lorries of their day; designed to be beached along riverbanks so loads could easily be transferred to carts drawn by horses. In their time the seas would have been filled with similar ships and the building that is now The Old Coastguard would have ensured their safe passage in the area. Both ships have both been lovingly restored to become the graceful sailing boat they once were and this week will be the first time in a century that they’ll sail together.

Guests staying at either The Old Coastguard or The Gurnard’s Head can take part in morning or afternoon trips; morning trips around the Mount include tea, coffee and homemade pastries on arrival and a glass of sparkling wine on return to anchor. Afternoon trips towards Land’s End will kick off with a glass of sparkling wine and a traditional cream tea on return to anchor.

Prices:  £60 per adult; £40 per child 
Notes: Minimum of 10 passengers / Maximum of 24 passengers. Age limit of 8 years and over. Weather dependent, we won’t sail if there is more than a Force six wind. Guests embark at Queen Mary Pier Newlyn or Mousehole if tides are good.

For press enquiries:  Philippa Hodson  07980 444 961
For booking enquiries: The Old Coastguard 01736 731 222 or The Gurnard’s Head 01736 796 928

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