The Gurnard's Head

St Ives, Cornwall

This fine old inn stands in blissful peace, a field or two back from the coastal path – cosy rooms, tasty food and a rustic style wait


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


This quirky inn is one of the best, the sort of place you’d hope to find at the end of the road. Outside, the wild west coast weaves up to St Ives; secret beaches appear at low tide, cliffs tumble down to the water, wild flowers streak the land pink in summer. Inside, it’s earthy, warm, stylish and friendly, with rustic interiors, colour-washed walls, stripped wooden floors and fires at both ends of the bar. Logs are piled high in an alcove, maps and art hang on the walls, books fill every shelf; if you pick one up and don’t finish it, take it home and post it back. Cosy rooms have warm colours and the odd antique, then Vi-Spring mattresses, crisp white linen, colourful throws and Roberts radios. Downstairs, you can scoff delicious food in the bar, the restaurant or out in the garden in good weather. Tasty snacks wait – pork pies, crab claws, half a pint of Atlantic prawns – as does more substantial fare, maybe grilled sardines, Cornish lamb with root vegetables, roasted apples and pears. Picnics can be arranged, there’s bluegrass folk music in the bar most weeks. Dogs are very welcome.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Doggie biscuits, blanket, towels, advice on walks, black bags and dog bowls. Very friendly staff too.

Large back garden. Beautiful coastal path, and a sandy beach as well if you time the tides right.

Lunch from £12. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£35. Sunday lunch from £13.


Nightly price
from £125
Singles £105-£132. Dinner, B&B £180-£245 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per person per night.
4 Twin/doubles
From £190
3 Doubles
From £125


Amazing place to stay. Food faultless. Great walks. Loved the local Cornish band on Monday evening. Enjoyed cows walking past window on way to milking. Would definitely return as staff made us feel very welcome.

Jayne, Ely

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Charles & Edmund Inkin

  • Ask about seasonal offers!
  • Some of the world’s most awe-inspiring coastline is right on our doorstep. Wander out of the back door and be on top of the cliffs in little more than five minutes. Stirring stuff, we promise.
  • The Newlyn and St. Ives schools, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallace, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton. The names from yesteryear roll off the tongue but the inheritance remains in good hands.
  • From the more famous Tate St. Ives and Hepworth galleries, to independents such as Penlee in Penzance, Essex Tyler in Mousehole, Kurt Jackson in St. Just and Yew Tree Gallery in Morvah, there is enough to keep the art lover busy for days on end.
  • Just north of Land’s End, Sennen Cove is the best known beach in the area. Long, sandy and popular with surfers, it has a great café.
  • If you’d like to go mackerel fishing, we can try to organise it for you, although it will depend on the weather and the steadfastness of your collective tummies.


Charles & Edmund Inkin

Edmund and Charles Inkin also run the renowned Gurnard’s Head and the Felin Fach Griffin. An idyllic upbringing on the family farm in Wales, with its dairy herd and kitchen garden, was formative for the brothers, who later fell in love with West Cornwall. They value first class ingredients, with menus shaped by the seasons, served by likeable staff.