Cornwall LivingIssue #66

Winter indulgence

Make the most of winter with a foodie break at Retallack Resort & Spa.

If you’re looking for Cornish cooking at its finest this winter, Retallack Resort & Spa might just be for you. Nestled in the rolling Cornish countryside near Padstow, just a few miles from Newquay, The Lookout Restaurant & Lounge – Retallack Resort’s very own onsite restaurant – makes for an idyllic winter break. Even for locals, it’s a great spot for a tasty bite on a day spent exploring the country.

“… you can plan a foodie-themed break that’s tailored to you.”

Led by Head Chef Nick Osborne, The Lookout stands out from the crowd thanks to the team’s use of only the finest local, seasonal produce. Nick, who’s been Head Chef for just over a year, is a proud Cornishman with more than 23 years’ experience in the trade, having previously worked at Headland, St Moritz and Watergate Bay Hotels. Now, he leads a team of 15, striving to ensure that The Lookout remains a family friendly environment while highlighting the exceptional ingredients Cornwall has to offer.

To coincide with the launch of its recently revamped restaurant, Retallack is offering special accommodation packages over the festive season. This means that, whether you’re in need of a long-weekend escape or a full week’s retreat; a luxury lodge with a hot tub or just a base from which to explore the Duchy, you can plan a foodie-themed break that’s tailored to you.
Take the team up on one of these fantastic offers between 24th November and 19th December and in return, you can get your hands on the Festive Feast package, a real treat for foodies! Begin your break with a bang with complimentary Prosecco – awaiting you in your accommodation – before tucking into a festive afternoon tea.

In the evening, enjoy a tasty three-course meal from the festive menu, before waking up the next day and venturing out into the stunning Cornish countryside and nearby coastline. Perhaps you’d rather spend the day onsite spoiling yourself, or getting the blood pumping on Retallack’s unique FlowRider? If so, Pamper Packages and Festive Flowrider Deals are both great choices for your winter escape.

For a truly memorable Cornish Christmas, why not stay between 20th and 27th December and enjoy everything Retallack has to offer? Dine from fantastic festive menus, meet Santa and enter the Enchanted Den, Retallack’s Narnia-inspired children’s attraction. You’ll even get a hamper packed with everything you need to prepare the perfect Christmas dinner!

This all sounds fantastic, but don’t be fooled into thinking that Retallack is just a holiday resort. Locals too can come along and enjoy Retallack’s fun-filled calendar. Why not get the whole gang together and enjoy a Christmas Party Night? Hosted in the resort’s spectacular Festive Tipis, these fun-filled evenings offer revellers the chance to dine, drink and dance the night away in true festive style. Available for exclusive hire, or for table purchase on communal party nights, these are a great
way to get the gang together in the run up
to Christmas.

And then there’s New Year. As 2017 comes to an end, attention at Retallack will turn to celebrating the New Year in style, with two amazing break and party options available. Choose between a four and seven-night stay, and get cosy in your own private hot tub, where you can enjoy the beautiful, frost-covered landscape over a flute of bubbles.

When it comes to entertainment, Retallack understands that everyone is different. With this in mind, you’ll find a variety of entertainment scheduled to suit everybody. The tipis will play host to an exclusive black tie celebration, during which Nick Osborne will spoil guests with a five-course taster menu before making way for the after-dinner programme.

Meanwhile, in The Lookout Restaurant, a special New Year curry will be on offer, following a spectacular fireworks display. For the little ones, there’ll be plenty of fun in The Lounge, including a pizza party, a movie and other festive entertainment.

So there you have it. Whether you need a well-earned Christmas break, or are looking for something new to try on Cornwall’s excellent foodie scene, pencil a visit to Retallack Resort & Spa into your festive diary.

"... you can plan a foodie-themed break that's tailored to you."

Sample Menu


Today's soup, Chough Bakery bread - £5.00
Pressed ham hock terrine, pickled onion rings & apple chutney - £7.00
Ballotine of slow-cooked duck & prunes, deep fried yolk & pickled mushroom - £7.00
Whitebait, lemon & dill mayonnaise - £7.00
Smoked mackerel paté, apple jelly, pickles & toasted sourdough - £7.00
Goats cheese tartlet, beetroot, caramelised red onion & chilli jam - £6.00


‘The Lookout’ cheeseburger & chips - £11.00
Grilled 8oz rib eye steak from our local farmer in Redruth, mushrooms, tomato & peppercorn sauce - £19.00
Roast chicken breast, pancetta, pearl barley risotto & hazelnuts - £14.00
Pan fried local hake fillet, clams, celeriac & kale - £14.00
Newlyn beer battered fish & chips, mushy peas & tartare sauce - £12.00
Indian spiced butternut squash & lentil curry - £10.00
Add tofu, chicken or prawns - £4.00

Mozzarella, tomato & oregano - £7.00
Mushrooms, artichokes, spinach, chilli & pine nuts - £9.00
Spicy sausage, chorizo, jalapenos & rocket - £9.00
Pollo Ad Astra
Cajun chicken, peppers, red onion & garlic oil - £9.00
Tomato, mozzarella, capers & anchovies - £8.00
La Reine
Proscuitto, mushroom & black olives - £8.00


Dark chocolate, hazelnut torte, mascarpone & poached pear - £7.00
Apple and ginger cake, toffee sauce & Cornish clotted cream - £6.00
Cinnamon brûlée, blackberries, lemon curd & crumble - £6.00