Relaxed fine dining in a stylish former corn mill
When you think of Cornwall’s top restaurants, a few locations spring to mind: Padstow, obviously. Rock, too. Maybe St Mawes. You certainly don’t think of an isolated, narrow lane near the cliffs of the north coast. But in recent years The Mill House Inn at Trebarwith, near Tintagel, has been quietly carving out something of a reputation.
Owner Mark Forbes has added a sleek, modern dining area to the 18th century mill which also houses the traditional bar with its Delabole slate floor, beamed ceiling and log fire (which naturally serves local ales from Tintagel and Sharp’s breweries).
The attention to detail is immaculate throughout, from the elegant table decorations to the stylish contemporary presentation and impeccable service. And the same goes for the food. There are no fancy flourishes, just simple sophistication, and flavours that pack quite a punch.
The kitchen makes everything from scratch, using high-quality, local, seasonal ingredients, and is always on the lookout for new ways to engineer creative meals that combine different flavours – there’s local fish, shellfish, meat and vegetables alongside a selection of tempting desserts. The focus is clearly Cornish and British, but world cuisine makes an appearance on the menu too and is tackled extremely well, with dishes such as garlic and parsley potato gnocchi, roasted Mediterranean vegetables, roasted hazelnut pesto and parmesan dressed watercress.
As you’d expect from a superb local inn, there’s plenty going on all year round. Visit on Wednesday nights (excluding July and August) for a fabulous Pauper’s Supper with three courses for just £17.50. Visit for steak nights every Thursday and look out for regular live music nights.
Should you wish to make a break of it, there are nine comfortable rooms including a family room and the cottage suite to stay in.
Doc Martin’s dog, Dodger, stays at the Mill House whenever they are filming, so look out for him!
Try the ‘hook’ game in the bar, which provides hours of fun and frustration (ask the breakfast chef for tips, he holds the record of 17 consecutive loops).
Visit on Easter Monday each year for a charity duck race in the millstream and there’s a fireworks display on the nearest Saturday to the 5th of November.
The Mill House is licensed for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and can cater for receptions for up to 120 guests. A duck race in the mill stream can be organised for the wedding guests too. The inn is also a perfect venue for private and corporate functions, and conferences.
The inn is close to Tintagel Castle, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, the South West Coast Path and the pretty fishing village of Port Isaac.
Trebarwith, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HD
Bar open 11am-11pm (10.30pm on Sundays). Lunch served 12pm-2.30pm (3pm in the summer). Dinner served 6.30pm-9pm)
Chef: Brendon Evans
Owners: Mark and Kep Forbes
Bedroom rate: B&B from £70 based on 2 sharing
- Kids welcome
- Dogs welcome
- Disabled access (bar and restaurant only)
- Outside catering (on request)
- Parking available
- Private dining available
- Gluten free options
- Beer garden
- Wedding venue
- Exclusive use (restaurant can be booked for weddings)
Grilled fillet of plaice, red cabbage pickle, red pepper coulis, £6.50
Roasted pork loin steak, crushed potatoes, green beans, pinenuts and raisins, port jus, £16
Sticky toffee pudding, stout toffee sauce, £6.50