The Gurnard's Head

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Ives

01736 796 928   The Gurnards Head, Near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3DE

  • 8 Guest Rooms

  • Contemporary Country Pub
Comfortable rooms above a perfectly placed dining pub overlooking the ocean in Northwest Cornwall not far from St Ives

A short walk inland from one of the most wild and rugged sections of the South West Coast Path, The Gurnard's Head is the sort of place where you can kick off your muddy boots by the roaring fire and sip a glass of world-class wine while the dog snoozes at your feet. A glance at the art hanging on the granite walls hints that, despite rustic appearances, this is the sort of place with an eye for the finer things in life. The same people run two other great properties which sing from essentially the same hymn sheet – the Old Coastguard on the south side of Cornwall near Penzance, and the  Felin Fach Griffin, near Hay-on-Wye on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, both of which are similarly cosy and comfortable places serving terrific food.

In the downstairs pub, there's a menu waving seasonal, innovative dishes from the likes of white rabbit and wood pigeon to pig's head and pollock. All this before you've even padded upstairs to find a Vi-spring bed draped with Welsh wool blankets, Roberts radio and shelves stacked with novels to distract you from the moorland views. The briny air, hearty food and comfort levels encourage such a deep sleep that you might not stir until the cows pass to be milked in the morning; but don't stress, breakfast is a lazy affair (home-baked breads, kippers, Full English, local apple juice) and you won't be in a hurry to leave. Dogs and children are welcome – cots and dog treats are provided at no extra cost.



Open all year except 24 and 25 December.


Double rooms with breakfast from £155 a night – £235 for Dinner B&B. No charge for dogs.

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Contact Website  01736 796 928  The Gurnard's Head, The Gurnards Head, Near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3DE

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Getting There

Take the M5 to Exeter and the A30 for Okehampton. Continue on the A30 all the way to Penzance. Take the first left at the Tesco roundabout, and then immediately right under the A30 flyover to Gulval. After a half mile, take the (straight) left to Newmill and the next right (also Newmill). Follow this for 4 miles until you come to a T junction. The hotel is ahead of you.


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  • Wifi
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