Perched on the Pentire headland in Newquay, Lewinnick Lodge will always be one of my favourite restaurants!
We were lucky enough to stay in one of their stunning rooms last Summer during a the Blue Flag press trip I went on with Sharps, and I explained in my post then why this place is so special to us. Alex and I went here for one of our first ever dates, where he’d secretly asked to sit in their window seat for our lunch and we ended up pretty much having the restaurant to ourselves.
What’s funny is that I’ve never taken the time to explore around Lewinnick’s spectacular location atop the cliffs on Newquay’s Pentire headland.
Sandwiched between Fistral beach and Crantock beach, the headland sticks out far enough that you can see all the way up the coastline past Newquay and Trevose head, to even further to Tintagel on a clear day apparently!
On the other side, you can look across the expanse of Crantock beach, or continue the headland walk around and down beside the Gannel estuary, which I’ve heard looks gorgeous at sunset.
The Council car park at Pentire Headland is free up until 31st March, and it’s a great wide open space for the dogs to walk around while you take in the views. Or alternatively, if you combine your walk with a lunch or dinner at Lewinnick, you can park in their car park and find the coast path from there.
Lewinnick Lodge is dog friendly too (you can choose to eat your meal in their lounge/bar area with the pooches, and they have some dog friendly rooms as well), although we didn’t bring them with us on this particular evening meal.
We laughed when we arrived because we were seated in their window seat once again; not for the second, but for the third time! I think next time we go we’ll have to make sure it becomes a tradition… it would feel strange sitting anywhere else now.
What I love about Lewinnick is the cosy atmosphere, but also how I always want pretty much everything on the menu! Yes, it makes choosing a bit harder, but there’s nothing worse than seeing a menu that only has one or two options you’d actually fancy on it… I always have the opposite problem here.
We eventually decided on Alex having the Moroccan lamb starter (I had a bite and it was delicious!), and I had the blue cheese & pear salad.
We shared a bottle of wine, and Alex went for the roast lamb shank (look at the size of it!) for his main course while I chose the mushroom risotto.
Both times we’ve been before we’ve both had the seafood linguine (yes, both of us, both times!) so we decided this time it was high time we tried something else from the menu. Lewinnick’s linguine is our favourite linguine from anywhere ever (and we have tried a LOT), but our other menu choices didn’t disappoint either. It was definitely one of the best risottos I’ve had!
By the time dessert came around we were both suitably stuffed, but I couldn’t say no to their cherry chocolate torte, served with almond & cherry ice cream from Moomaids of Zennor and crumbled honeycomb. Yum!
Thank you so much to Lewinnick for having us again, and it’s so nice that I’ve now had the opportunity to explore Pentire headland a bit too, as I can imagine it being the perfect way to spend an afternoon after lunch or before dinner booked at Lewinnick. Sounds like a perfect day!
* We were kindly hosted for free in exchange for review, but all opinions are my own. It really is one of our faves!