After a week of extended-family meet-ups, treacherous travelling and cooking-for-a-crowd stress, New Year’s Eve offers the opportunity to leave the kids with the grandparents, catch up with old friends and ring in 2019 with fabulous food and a glass – or three – of fizz. And we’ve found the perfect place, nestled in an off-the-beaten-track corner of Cornwall, to round up the gang and toast the New Year
Tucked away on a stretch of Cornish coastline steeped in legends of knights and witches, The Mill House near Tintagel is a spell-binding spot to kick off 2019. The 18th century inn’s annual festivities draw revellers from near and far, and those making the journey to the former corn mill are rewarded with a four course feast and evening of music and merry dancing.
A week of festive feasting ends on a foodie high at The Mill House and New Year’s Eve menu highlights include slow-braised local beef brisket and confit duck leg with smoky bacon and butter bean cassoulet. The pub’s costal location means lip-smacking seafood is a house speciality and the evening’s fish course will feature the local dayboats’ latest catch. Sweet conclusions come in the form of limoncello posset or dark chocolate bavarois.
After dinner, local Cornish folk band Dusk At Dawn’s will draw party-goers to the dance floor – those with two left feet can make the most of the traditional bar and enjoy a pint from Tintagel Brewery. Designated driver duties are discharged for the evening thanks to the collection of cosy bedrooms above the inn.
Next morning, reap the benefits of a bracing coastal walk and watch the dramatic surf crash against the rocks before heading back to The Mill House for your first tipple of 2019.
A brooding hero, urgent canters across rain-lashed headlands and a Gordian knot of love entanglements – yes, Poldark is due to return to our screens this summer. So saddle up and visit some of the series’ rugged locations, along with romantic places to stop over and savour Cornish cooking