The Headland Hotel, is a 5 star, luxury hotel and spa situated on top of a
cliff overlooking Fistral beach. A grade ll listed building which opened in the
1900 with the most amazing architecture and glitzy ballroom. From the minute
you walk in you can feel its grandeur.
I’ve been holidaying in Newquay, Cornwall, practically all my life and we
try to eat out at least a couple of times during our annual stay. This year was
no exception, especially as we go away in August and the government’s Eat Out
to Help Out scheme was running, and The Headland Hotel were signed up to the
We did go to The Headland last year for food and were so impressed we
decided to book again.
Previous guests at the lavish hotel have included King Edward the Vll and
the Prince of Wales. It has also been the venue for many TV shows and films
including The Witches.
It boasts 3 restaurants including, The Deck, The Terrace and – for more fine
dining – The Sapphire. We pre-booked a table in the Terrace bar, a conservatory-like
room overlooking the sea at Fistral beach. It’s very light and spacious, and a
stunning backdrop for an evening meal.
It’s a great excuse to dress up when heading to the Headland, which is just
what I did. Wearing my new floaty dress from Lula Boutique, I underestimated the
windy car park on the top of the cliff and nearly gave the guests something to
Marilyn Monroe drama over, we headed in to the hotel where we were greeted
by our host and shown to our table. The staff are very attentive, ensuring we
had water on the table and gave us plenty of time to look over the menu and
The portions are generous at the Headland, and I was adamant that I wanted a
dessert. I opted for the mussels in a Cornish cider and panceta sauce as a starter
sized portion. Simon also had the mussels, and we ordered a side of chips to
The meal certainly didn’t disappoint. A cauldron of mussels came with a side
bowl to clean your hands. Even though it was the smaller portion of the two
offered on the menu, it was plenty to fill you up.
There is a limited selection of desserts on the menu itself, but they also
have a dessert counter you can choose from. Too much choice meant a long battle
with myself as I mulled over my options.
I chose to go for something I had never tried before: Lemon and pistachio polenta
cake. The slice of cake is served alone, but staff were more than happy to bring
me a jug of pouring cream. It was amazing and I highly recommend it. Simon
opted for a banoffee tart, and – as I don’t like banoffee – I can only take his
clean plate and his word that this too was delicious.
We ordered a pot of tea (obviously) and sat and enjoyed the views over the
The total bill should have been £40 but with the scheme running we paid £20.
It was fantastic value for a luxe meal with a sea view.
One day I would like to actually stay over and visit the spa. The small part
of the hotel that we have seen looks amazing and the toilets are something
else! They’re bigger than my lounge with warm hand towels to dry your hands on,
and Elemis hand products. Definitely instagramable.
So, if you are heading to Newquay, make sure you check out the Headland
hotel, I can guarantee you won’t regret it.