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Quality in simplicity

Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa’s new dining spaces shake off the shackles of formality with a no-fuss, AA Rosette award-winning approach to fine dining.

Words by Dan Warden

After a recent refurbishment, the food and drink spaces at Newquay’s Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa now provide a calm, coastal environment in which to relax and enjoy the views. Neutral hues, comfortable seating and rustic woven lampshades set the tone for the wider restaurant ethos – quality through simplicity – and those who have an eye for the epicurean will undoubtedly spot the AA Rosette that proudly adorns the wall. Awarded in 2020, it is the result of the hard work of Head Chef, Daniel Kerr.

Drawing on the best local and seasonal produce that he can lay his hands on and presenting it simply, he allows the flavours to sing for themselves, which they do. Coming aboard in 2019, Daniel’s approach to food has really enlivened the Dune Restaurant experience. “Choosing quality meat, fish, dairy and vegetable products is key to my menu,” he says. “The more that we can shout about the quality of the food and where it has come from, the better for our guests’ understanding of what they are choosing to eat when dining at Dune Restaurant.

“I want guests to experience flavours and dishes that they’ll remember,” he elaborates, which is why he draws on influences from around the world in order to capitalise on Cornwall’s natural, seasonal larder. Teriyaki Mackerel and Oyster Cream is a good example, as is Monkfish and Lentil Dahl, both of which feature on the current tasting menu. And for those who share the belief that variety is the spice of life, Daniel explains that “whilst we do have a great selection of small plates on the menu to allow for a more relaxed, tapas-style of dining, we also offer a traditional three-course option.”

Changing from season to season and thereby always offering something new to sample, the award-winning menus are, themselves, worth booking a table for. The same can be said for Bay Bar. Awarded ‘Best Bar List’ at the prestigious Trencherman’s Awards 2022, Bay Bar’s menu of creative tipples has been carefully curated to leave a lasting impression. The team are as passionate about the contents of your glass as Daniel is about what appears on your plate, and as with the food, there is a feeling of worldly inspiration, driving a different level of creativity when it comes to capitalising on Cornwall’s burgeoning scene of brewers and distillers.

To accomplish all of this is undeniably impressive, but to do so in such a beautiful location is nothing short of a triumph. By removing the pomp and fuss from fine dining, and by taking a simpler approach to hospitality – one that does away with formality and welcomes you to relax – the team have produced an experience that’s so much more than a meal out. It’s chemistry in its purest form – a tonic for an increasingly frantic world that allows our stresses, woes and anxieties to melt in the sun and disappear with the tide.


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