Surroundings: The top picture says it all... a seaside hotel that genuinely is a stone's throw from the surf, the cliff-lined bay of Mawgan Porth. Breakfast in the airy and bright Wild Cafe restaurant or on the terrace with a serving of sea air. The restaurant maintains an air of 1960s rebellion, with bright chairs and geometric print mugs, harking back to its 1960 opening, when it ruffled a few feathers with its modernist style. The hotel is family friendly, but outside of school holidays is a good bet for grown-up breaks, with a stunning spa, surf hut offering lessons and kit, and an indoor and outdoor pool.
Buffet: Extensive... starting with a vast selection of locally or homemade produce including jams, pastries (chocolate croissant to die for), bread, charcuterie, and a killer granola, with a crunchy and generous mix of seeds, nuts and oats. There was also yoghurt, fruit juices, fresh and stewed fruits and a DIY Full English laid under hot lamps (but frequently replaced to avoid withering under the heat).
Hot stuff: There was really noe xcuse to order from the menu, with such a superb selection of hot, fresh and local food on the buffet, but the really indulgent could choose from selections such as smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, french toast and pancakes, all for an extra charge. A note too about the coffees - often a let-down in hotels, but on this occasion my capuccino was hot, with thick froth and smooth tasting, nutty coffee served in a generous mug - there was really no excuse but to hit the surf to work it all off.
Details: Bedruthan Steps Hotel & Spa, Trenance, Mawgan Porth, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4BU; tel. 01637 860860; www.bedruthan.com; it’s a 10-minute drive to Newquay airport and the Padstow-Newquay bus stops next to the hotel. Two-night breaks start at around £335, with the best offers outside school holidays.