October 29, 2020

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It’s Time to Fly

Extravagant new clifftop restaurant is the latest development to ‘revolutionise’ Cornwall resort Perranporth

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A new restaurant on cliffs overlooking Perranporth beach is set to revolutionise the Cornish resort, according to the family who are launching it.

The Summer House, which will open in the summer, is due to bring “extravagant fine dining” to Perranporth and will sit above another new venue for the town, a bistro called Alcatraz, which will be built into the cliff at the entrance of the beach.

Both developments have been created by the Job family, who run the popular Watering Hole beach bar.

Tommy Job said: “The Summer House will have views to die for with a bird’s eye view, peering down the glorious 2.5 mile-long beach from the cliffs, seating 80 inside and 80 outside for an extravagant fine dining experience.

The Summer House - with its grass-topped roof - sits between the new flats and the forthcoming bistro, Alcatraz
The Summer House – with its grass-topped roof – sits between the new flats and the forthcoming bistro, Alcatraz

“The restaurant will offer something completely different. With The Watering Hole in mind, it will offer almost a completely opposite package.”

Tommy, who is also behind the Tunes In The Dunes and Bands In The Sands music events, added: “Perranporth as a place is moving in a very exciting position in time and we feel that the Summer House will be at the forefront of this in 2018.

“With it complementing other venues on the beach, The Watering Hole and Alcatraz, it has set up a very exciting summer on the beach this year, offering a place to sit back, relax and enjoy gazing over the beautiful rugged coastline.

The view of the restaurant as you head on to Perranporth beach
The view of the restaurant as you head on to Perranporth beach

“It will be a great addition to the town and Cornwall, especially seeing as there is nothing like it already existing in Perranporth. With this in mind it should boost the flourishing tourist and local trade, adding more visitors all-year-round.

The restaurant gets its name from the former Ponsmere Hotel, which was originally a summer house built for a wealthy local mine owner, Captain John Oates. He was the owner of the Great Wheal Leisure Mine which at the time, in 1870, was the richest copper mine in the district.

The beach view looking towards Alcatraz with the Summer House above
The beach view looking towards Alcatraz with the Summer House above

Carl Harding, senior associate architect with Stride Treglown, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the jobs in the development of these two exciting projects, following on from our involvement with the Dunes development. The team, based locally in our Truro office, are looking forward to visiting in the completed venues in the summer. Personally, as someone who grew up in Perranporth and still lives locally, it is great to see the investment being made in the town.”

It sits below the new flats which replaced the Ponsmere.

The restaurant will make the most of the local produce with fishermen and farmers on the doorstep.

More details, including the head chef, will be revealed before The Summer House opens in the summer.

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