Cornwall LivingIssue #146

The tastiest of traditions

Immerse yourself in the magic of Tintagel with Camelot Castle, where Arthurian legend meets one of Britain’s great foodie traditions.

Camelot Castle offers guests the chance to stay and relax in accommodation of scale usually reserved for the likes of Downton Abbey. Visitors here can soak up the period charm and enjoy the staggering coastal views that the castle’s clifftop location affords. They can also spend their days exploring the local area, immersing themselves in Arthurian legend by visiting the famed Tintagel Castle, widely believed to be the King Arthur’s place of birth. 

But it’s not only for those in search of a magical place to stay for the night. Far from it! In fact, it’s also the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat, with no fewer than three venues in which to enjoy refreshment. There’s Irina’s Restaurant, where superb, freshly cooked food is prepared using local produce. With formal dining inside, there is also the chance to eat and drink al fresco on the Camelot Castle Hotel terrace. For pre or post-dinner drinks, guests can retire to The Golden Age Bar, and if only stopping by in the day time, why not enjoy Afternoon Tea in The Explorer’s Tea Room?

Here you can enjoy one of, if not the most luxurious afternoon tea in Cornwall, all in one of the county’s most beautiful, dramatic and romantic locations. Available every day between 12pm and 6pm, there are three afternoon tea options to choose from. The first is the Camelot Afternoon Tea. Available for just £24.50 per person, expect a selection of sumptuous finger sandwiches, Russian honey cake, brownie, macarons, cupcakes, scones, Cornish strawberry preserve, Cornish clotted cream and, of course, tea. The second – the Prosecco Afternoon Tea – is great for when you’ve earned a long-lunch treat. Inclusive of everything in the Camelot Afternoon tea, with the addition of a large glass of pink prosecco, this treat is just £29.50 per person.

The one that catches our eye, however, is the Royal Afternoon Tea. Also featuring the same tasty treats as the signature Camelot Afternoon Tea, the ‘royal’ touch comes via the addition of salmon caviar, along with a glass of pink Champagne from Dom Perignon Grapes.

Whichever of the above options tickles your taste buds, there are few better places to enjoy afternoon tea than the clifftops of Tintagel, and the tea menu from the renowned Tregothnan Tea Estate will make it difficult to choose just one. Replete with history, and with the period charm of Camelot Castle beckoning you to take a trip back in time, it’s unsurprising that the Camelot Castle website has been inundated with great reviews.

Camelot Castle Hotel
Tintagel PL34 0DQ
01840 770202