It is not by accident that Mary Berry has seen a renaissance in her popularity in recent years, or that MasterChef has such an avid following, we are a nation in love with our food. As such epicurean innovators across the land are rising to the fore and proving their creative flair when it comes to both traditional and contemporary food. And so it is at Bespoke Restaurants.
So on the dramatic coast of Cornwall, surrounded by cliffs and headlands it is therefore fitting that The Lugger Hotel holds a dear place in our food-loving hearts because of Bespoke Restaurants’ Lugger Hotel Head Chef Jonathan Dome’s flair when it comes to fish.
Situated almost in the water, you can half imagine your dinner’s protagonists jumping out of the water and straight onto the plate. What makes it a step above the rest is Dome’s personal touch, and that’s not just when it comes to fish. The French chef (with a pedigree encompassing stints at Le Gavroche and The Dorchester) has some serious je ne sais quoi when it comes to dealing with a duck leg, gurnard madras, or beetroot dauphinoise.
We don’t want to be too leading on what you should choose if you are lucky enough to tuck-in here, but just to say we had a particularly enjoyable experience with the scallop, citrus fruit and pistachio praline starter. That said, we were seriously tempted by the crab soufflé as well, so if you happen to try that on your next visit then perhaps you would give Bespoke Restaurants a shout with your thoughts in the comments section or on Twitter.
It’s always nice to have a little formal accreditation to prove one’s expertise and as such the restaurant has two AA Rosettes and (fingers and toes crossed) another one on the way. To be frank though, we would head back even if it didn’t have awards to its name.
The Lugger features one of the Bespoke restaurants that are available at all our hotels in the UK