Meet Charles Inkin who runs the Gurnards Head, a gorgeous dining pub on the beautiful, unspoilt West Penwith coastline. And across the moor The Old Coastguard a cosy seaside hotel overlooking St Michael’s Mount in the quaint fishing village of Mousehole.
Charles, describe your average day?
Wake up to the dawn chorus in Cot Valley, the finest view in Cornwall. Breakfast with Otto (my 2 year old); drop him off to school ASAP. On to The Gurnards Head for 9am, where I tend to see those guests who have stayed the previous evening. A quick round of ‘Good Mornings’ to the team in the kitchen & FOH, then to my desk and a catch up with Belinda who looks after our bookings and daily figures. Strong shot of coffee at 10 and time for a few phone calls, usually a catch up with Edmund, who runs the business. By lunchtime I’m heading over to our other site in Mousehole. The Old Coastguard to see how things are there. Sometimes a quick lunch with a guest or up to my desk where I get on with the afternoon business. A catch up with all the teams there, kitchen, marketing & FOH. By 1800hrs it’s time for a pint with a one of our regulars. Home by 1930 to see Otto to bed & read him a story or two. Then to the stoves to get supper on, the wife can’t/won’t cook. To bed after the news.
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home?
It really depends on the season. When there’s game available, then I could live of it……pheasant, red cabbage etc. In the Spring I adore asparagus and am a child in toy shop when it first becomes available. We are so fortunate to have a tip top butcher in St Just, McFadden’s; their lamb is sublime, so at least once a week we have different cuts. Obviously fish is part of our staple diet; I will often swing by Trelawney’s in Newlyn and pick something up.
What inspires you about living in Cornwall?
The communities, the produce, the views, the history & the lack of traffic.
The rugged and stunning West Penwith coastline. Photo: Mike Searle
What do you think about the Poldark influence good or bad?
Can do nothing but good for the county.
What’s your favourite season?
Spring and autumn.
Where’s your favourite beach?
When you’re not working where do you like to hang out?
At home or in Wales (my real home).
Who would be on your dinner party wish list?
Keith Floyd, John Le Carre, Darina Allen, Alice Walters, Marco Pierre White, Augustus Escoffier.