Last rated: 14/09/2012
The View certainly lives up to its name. From the cliffs over Whitsand Bay, you can see as far as Goonhilly on the Lizard on a clear day. It is simply spectacular. Once you get your breath back and turn your attention to Matt Corner’s menu, the prospect is as exciting as the great land and seascapes.
The restaurant itself is understated and clean-cut, with white walls, pine and crisp cloths and forms a quietly stylish back drop for a repertoire that changes throughout the year: spring and summer features more fish and seafood, and as the weather gets colder, more meat dishes make an appearance. Corner has great confidence and talent and his sample menus read enticingly well - we can’t imagine who would not be tempted by the thought of roast wood pigeon, black grape puree and hazelnuts (£6.50), roast monkfish, Portobello mushroom, caramelised red onion (£18.00), and warm almond cake with citrus ice cream (£6.00).
Lunches are equally seductive and should be taken at a leisurely pace: we would be hard pressed to choose, for example, between Gressingham duck breast, spiced red cabbage and pomegranate (£15.00) or local hake, crispy ham, capers and parsley (£14.50). Both plum clafoutis and nutmeg ice cream and pannacotta with golden sultanas sound like winners.