SUNDAY LUNCH WITH A VIEW AT THE MOUNT HAVEN HOTEL
Experience a Sunday lunch of dreams, whilst taking in spectacular coastal views at a chic retreat, with a focus on the finer details.
The Mount Haven Hotel offers a Cornish contemporary haven, perched on the edge of the ancient town of Marazion, overlooking the sweep of Mount’s Bay and St Michael’s Mount.
Interiors are chic with a relaxed vibe that runs throughout, continuing onto the terrace, overlooking a unique rock garden, with mesmerising views - the perfect retreat to unwind. Style is modern, soothing and pared back, featuring lots of wood and glass and an exterior that is all squares and rectangles.
The day I visited, it was gloriously sunny, I wasn’t entirely sure I was ready for a roast lunch, though opting for a cushioned seat out on the minimal-styled terrace, I knew I’d be in for a treat.
The Mount Haven is nestled in the secluded bay, a short stroll away from the centre of Marazion, designed for travellers looking for an authentic Cornish experience, coupled with a relaxing break.
Head Chef, Ross Sloane and his talented team are committed to creating adventurous, modern British plates, inspired by nature. Think imaginative dishes, created using the freshest ingredients to be found in West Cornwall.
Ross continues to be inspired by the fantastic produce to be found in the area; expect the freshest of fresh fish - Ross stands outside his kitchen in the morning to watch the trawlers across Penzance Bay, bring the catch of the day into Newlyn. He prides himself on sourcing locally wherever possible as the quality and variety available is vibrant and exciting.
Ross is also inspired through working alongside some great chefs, with an abundance of creativity taking shape in the kitchen; all that passion and inventiveness is harnessed to the precision necessary for the kitchen and food to evolve.
I ask Ross about his ethos behind the plates he creates at the Mount Haven. ‘It‘s about sustainability really, sourcing good quality local and seasonal ingredients. And real food! Not the picked-over uniformity of the supermarket. We’re constantly looking for local veg growers and farms to supply the restaurant. I like my veg to look beautifully ugly and have a bit of shape!’
The spacious terrace bar leads out onto a decked balcony with ample seating to enjoy the delights of Ross’s kitchen, whilst taking in the views. A place to linger, the prettiest garden beyond is home to succulents and an array of vibrant flowers and sub-tropical greenery.
What we ate
Ross cooked us up a gastronomic treat of a Sunday Lunch, with mouth-wateringly great flavours, the kind of dishes that surpass every expectation, even under the 30 degree heat.
We started out with aperitifs all round; pink mojitos, Mount ’75 – Curio gin infused with Rock Samphire, paired with prosecco and Hawn Fizz, Cornish Tarquin’s Gin, cucumber and fresh mint, crushed over elderflower wine – the signature cocktail, alongside a Mount Haven cheese board, hand-baked walnut loaf and olives. This was followed by the main event, where choices included; Roast shoulder of Pork, stuffing roll, with applesauce, Roast topside of beef, homemade horseradish sauce & Yorkshire pudding, Roast Nut Wellington & bread sauce or Hake, celeriac puree with mussel fritters.
We followed this up with some divine sorbets, iced teas and lattes.
Where we walked
After a roast lunch, there is nothing better than walk and a sweet breath of sea air. The Mount Haven is ideally positioned to wander the South West coastal path, so we took the route to Prussia Cove, once home to the famous smuggling family, the Carters; today Prussia Cove is a secluded and serene tidal cove, where seals and dolphin often frolic. The walk from Mount Haven to Prussia Cove weaves along through the seaside village of Perranuthnoe, across little inlets, including the mystically named Piskies Cove. At just 3.2 miles, it was the perfect length to walk off a sumptuous roast lunch.
An alternative walk, just four miles of Mount Haven Hotel, is the seaside town of Penzance. The coastal path offers a flat and leisurely walk along Marazion and Long Rock beaches, with expansive views of Mounts Bay from Easterly Cudden Point to Westerly Mousehole. Once at Penzance, the town is home to a plethora of sites including the Jubilee Pool; Cornwall’s celebrated Art Deco lido as well as historic streets and delicious foodie spots.
All the ingredients for a restorative stay are found in a boutique hotel that is aptly named, honing in on its elevated position; The Mount Haven is designed as a tranquil and secluded haven with show-stopping views for the ultimate Cornish escape.
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