Stately, dog-friendly, splendour in Truro

The Alverton Aerial View

Hidden away, but only minutes from the town’s centre, the 34 bedroom Alverton Hotel in Truro is impressive to say the least. The east wing was built as Alverton Manor in 1830, and later became a nunnery. A chapel, now known as the Great Hall, and designed by the same architect as Truro Cathedral, was added. In 2012 the building was converted to a dog friendly luxury hotel, the city’s only 4 star hotel, which recently won the best wedding venue award in Cornwall at the South West Wedding Awards 2015.
We were given an executive suite. Spacious with its own small lounge area, it was stylishly decorated in shades of green and fawn, with mullioned windows, that was typical of the rest of the building. Near the billiard room, there was easy access to beautifully maintained gardens for Poppy, my dog.
The restaurant is designed in a way that doesn’t make it look empty if there are only a small number of diners. Their new head chef Simon George is talented. The menu is small with beautifully presented food. I wasn’t sure what to eat, but was pleasantly surprised as my meal tasted better than the menu description. The kitchen were also happy to alter my starter of pan-fried scallops to exclude cream, creating a delicate white wine reduction flavoured with grain mustard. For the mains, I had lamp rump that came pink as requested. Dessert, chocolate orange fondant, chocolate sponge cake oozing with dark chocolate, was served warm, Sadly their wine list is limited as is the choice of wine by the glass.
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The hotel presents well and is stylishly decorated with courteous and helpful staff.IMG_0781_2 What is so surprising is the lack of detail. We stayed in an executive suite and yet for a 4 star hotel there was no towelling dressing gown or slippers. There was a good selection of toiletries by the upmarket brand Gilchrist & Soames, and yet there was only one shower gel to share between the two of us. While I appreciated the tea and coffee making facilities in the room, I had to ask for herb teas. The big plus, however, was that Poppy was welcome everywhere except in the restaurant, and had we chosen to, we could have eaten in the bar and had her with us.
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About natashablair1

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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