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A very Cornish Christmas

Immerse yourself in yuletide festivities (with a Cornish twist) during a last-minute trip to the luxurious Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth
Cornish Christmas at Penventon Park Hotel

Immerse yourself in yuletide festivities (with a Cornish twist) during a last-minute trip to the luxurious Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth

Glamorous four-star hotel and spa Penventon Park takes things up a glittering notch when it comes to Christmas. The hotel, situated in a grand Georgian mansion, is a year-round magnet for epicureans wanting a luxurious base from which to explore Cornwall, but it’s hard to beat the enchanting experiences awaiting guests and daytime visitors in December.

Come Christmastime, the setting transforms into the stuff of festive fairytales yet remains in keeping with the hotel’s sophisticated styling: garlands weave the sweeping staircases, tastefully decorated trees dot the rooms and glittering ornaments nestle in every nook. Produce-led menus and an exquisitely curated drinks list are also given a suitably festive revamp.

Gather friends and family for a festive lunch (served 12-5pm) to feast on two (£24) or three (£29) courses of classic Christmas dishes, crafted using seasonal Cornish ingredients. Menu highlights include the likes of smoked mackerel pâté with ciabatta and a lemon emulsion to start, turkey with all the belt-loosening trimmings (crisp roasties, festive veg, pigs in blankets, apricot stuffing and lashings of rich gravy) for main, and a chocolate yule log with plump redcurrants for pud. If you’re keen to save the traditional roast dinner until the big day, find alternative satiation in mains such as Cornish sole with lyonnaise potatoes, caper and chive cream, or a chestnut and pecan loaf with harissa dressing.

For those seeking an evening occasion, a festive dinner featuring the same sumptuous dishes is served from 6-9.30pm, with two courses for £32 and three for £36. Little ones needn’t miss out on the foodie festivities day or night, as Penventon offers a festive kids menu – free for children under five or £25 for three courses for children age six and over.

Penventon Park Hotel afternoon tea

If treating a discerning foodie friend or relative to a Penventon festive dining experience isn’t possible this Christmas, gift them a hotel gift voucher so they can curate their own dreamy Cornish experience – whether that’s an indulgent retreat complete with spa treatments and overnight stay in one of the plush bedrooms, or a delicious day out comprising afternoon tea and expertly concocted cocktails in The Copper Bar.

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