In last week’s blog post I mentioned that I recently stayed in a lovely hotel called The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. What I failed to mention is how gluten free friendly and aware they are. Due to this fact they deserve their own special post.

The Scarlet opened its doors in 2009 and we were lucky enough to spend three nights at the beginning of April to celebrate my 40th birthday. If you love Cornwall, love the sea, love a beautiful hotel, scrumptious food and relaxing spa time then you should definitely pay The Scarlet a visit. I would go back in a heartbeat (when the bank balance recovers!).

The hotel were aware before my arrival that I was a coeliac and I had a funny feeling that they were going to hit the mark. They did. Now, unfortunately I failed miserably on the food photo front so you will have to take my word for it when I say the food was fab. Aside from the vast choice of food on offer the staff were completely aware of what was and wasn’t gluten free – they didn’t have to dash off to the kitchen each and every time to ask the chef.  Their confidence put me at ease and I knew I could eat without fear of being glutened.

I especially loved the breakfasts at The Scarlet. You had a choice of two courses, the first being something like a smoothie or granola, and the second being a cooked breakfast or smoked salmon. Now obviously there were a few things on the menu that I couldn’t have but there was also always lots I could eat. I loved the fact that the menu changed on a daily basis so you could try something new each morning. There was one dish they did that was so simple but so good – cinnamon apple with creme fraiche – I have no idea what they mixed the creme fraiche with but it was utterly delicious. There was plenty of healthy options on the menu too and I opted for fish on two occasions – when by the sea. There was also lashings of gluten free toast!

We only had lunch there on one occasion but it was exciting as I was able to have a sandwich. I am fully aware that to some this is something that sounds boring and they would like something a little more exciting on their plate come lunch time. But as coeliacs know to be able to have a sandwich and not have to plump for a limp salad or the jacket potato (how many coeliacs are fed up with baked potatoes!?!) is an exciting prospect. The bread,  I believe, is made in house and I had a choice of several fillings. I went for the cheese and chutney. The sandwich was crammed full of mature grated cheddar and chutney – no skimping on the fillings and the bread was perfect. I wished I had asked them to make me a sandwich for our return journey home to London – would have been far superior to the Burger King fries I got stuck with!

We had dinner at The Scarlet on my actual birthday and again I was informed of what I could eat. I went for the chateaubriand with hand cut chips. The steak was cooked just perfectly and the chips were to die for. For pudding we went for the white chocolate mousse. I also did the wine flight whereby the wine waiter paired each course with an appropriate wine. Perfection from start to finish.

The Scarlet also offer afternoon tea and I know if I was back in the area I would love to try this – munching on cake whilst overlooking the Atlantic – you can’t go far wrong.

The Scarlet is an eco-friendly, luxury, adult only hotel and it really does allow you to retreat from the outside world and re-charge your batteries. The staff do everything in their power to make your stay special and the view when you step into the hotel really does take your breath away. Cornwall at its very best.

Thanks for making my 40th special Scarlet and I really do hope to be back one day xx

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