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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Spa hotel with a sense of history and creative regional cooking

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wheelchair access

Built in 1913 for a local brewing family, Merchants Manor, a white-fronted house on a hill, retains a pleasingly historic air, with its lofty-ceilinged interiors preserving much of their Edwardian splendour. Bright interiors create a cheery ambience and the Rastella dining room adds to an all-round feel of well-being with white linen and vintage candles. Local suppliers buttress the menus, as does the hard-working wood-fired oven – affectionately nicknamed Bertha – and what emerges is a roster of smartly presented, modern dishes full of precision and inspiration. To start, there could be confit Newlyn mackerel with Alexanders and apple, followed by locally landed monkfish with porcini and potato, or rare breed pork cheek teamed with marmalade and brassicas. Steaks from the grill are a good bet too, served with ale-pickled mushrooms, onion rings and smoked tomato BBQ sauce. Finish, perhaps, with Milk and Honey, an assemblage of milk sorbet, Cornish honey, lemon posset and caramelised white chocolate.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Hylton Espey

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8
  • Main course from £17
  • Dessert from: £8
  • 2-course lunch from: £15
  • 3-course lunch from: £20
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

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