Thursday, 22 November 2012
Breakfast included: St Moritz Hotel, Cornwall
Surroundings The hotel was built in the 1930s and a sensitive restoration has maintained the striking Art Deco design of the exterior - a stepped white facade with elegant symmetry, metal framed windows and cruise liner railings on the balconies. The interior is more up-to-date, though with a 1930s accent. Design furniture, chairs with low backs, muted colours, and along one wall a display of 30s crockery, enamel tins and hardback novels. The room doesn't overlook the sea, owing to the block of hotels rooms on the coast side but it is light and attractive with an open kitchen for entertainment.
Buffet The spread was succinct, but appealing, a multi-layered presentation of cereals, including the usual supermarket brands, and a tasty muesli/granola hybrid of crunchy oats with apricots and nuts. There were fresh juices, a good fruit salad, and a fruit bowl of peaches, oranges and apples. The muffins, croissant and pain au chocolate didn't provoke a battle of will power, but I applaud offering mini versions of pastries because often you just want a bite of indulgence, rather than a whole plate.
Hot stuff The a la carte menu had an inviting selection including granola with glazed banana and natural yoghurt and a choice of porridge topped with honey, strawberry jam or Drambuie - just the ticket before heading out onto the windy coastal path. There were healthy options such as pumpernickel with cream cheese, tomato and cucumber, half a glazed pink grapefruit, and a 'spa breakfast' of lean bacon, poached eggs, wholemeal bread and tomato.
I opted for the soft boiled eggs with soldiers which included one egg that was slightly underdone for me, but the other perfect, and stubby little soldiers that were well up dunking. Mr Muesli Lover had the Tregida oak smoked kippers with butter and lemon. He deemed it moist, not too boney or oily, and delicately smoked.
Details St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6SD; tel. 01208 869800 ; www.stmoritzhotel.co.uk. If its not included in your rate, continental breakfast costs £10 and cooked, £15.