Muddy Reviews: The Alverton, Truro
Described as Truro's hidden secret, this 4 star hotel makes the most of traditional features alongside a modern restaurant and excellent wine list. But what did Muddy make of a midweek stay?
A grade II listed, 18th century Victorian-Gothic hotel, The Alverton has ivy-covered walls, arched windows and its own bell tower, set in impressively leafy grounds on the edge of Truro, Cornwall’s capital city. Inside, behind the old oak doors, the elegant original features have been combined with modern luxury and contemporary styling to create Truro’s only four star hotel.
With 51 bedrooms and a well-regarded restaurant with great wine list, the sweeping drive up from the road into the city centre is extremely inviting.
The Alverton feels grown up and comfortable, with discreet service should you wish. It wasn’t full on Downton-like, with butlers appearing at every elbow, but as you’d expect from a hotel with a four star rating, all details had been thought of and it was extremely pleasant.
The building itself has had an interesting history and only was converted into a hotel in the mid 1980s, following which it has undergone a series of renovations, the most recent in 2016 when the 15 newest rooms in the luxurious courtyard development were created. The rooms in the main building retain a more traditional feel; more urban chic is mixed into the newer rooms, including a freestanding copper bathtub under the high A-shaped roof and stained glass window with copper lights.
SCOFF AND QUAFF
Executive Chef Nick Hodges heads up the excellent restaurant which was formal but not stuffy and our fellow diners were a mixture of hotel guests (couples on a mini-break, older guests enjoying the delights of Cornwall) as well as those quite clearly on a date. The award-winning menu changes seasonally to showcase the best of the south west, and also to reflect dining trends.
I couldn’t help but order the fabulously retro classic prawn cocktail, which was followed by summer loin of lamb – which we paired with an excellent bottle of Bordeaux from a well-chosen wine list.
Puddings are seasonal and delicious and often inventive culinary creations, which I ate so fast I forgot to take a picture!
Afterwards we headed to the bar which although didn’t yet have the roaring log fire lit, was just the right place for an after dinner espresso and had it not been a Tuesday, just the place to enjoy a whisky or two, or a cocktail.
The 51 rooms at The Alverton are all individually designed. Our room, The Bishop Suite, was in the main house, so was more traditional in design and styling, and was a luxurious indulgence – check out the side by side freestanding bathtubs in the adjoining huge bathroom (definitely pack your fanciest bath salts).
White Company toiletries, white gowns, slippers, Nespresso machine – all the usual touches you’d expect from a luxury hotel room were present and correct, plus a massive and comfortable bed, loads of natural light from the huge bay windows, and an actual desk so my husband was able to work in the morning whilst I went off to a meeting.
OUT AND ABOUT
Truro is Cornwall’s capital city and one of our picks for the best places to live, so there’s plenty to recommend, and The Alverton makes a great base for exploring. The cathedral, in gothic revival style, was completed in 1910 and is visible from most of the town.
The newly revamped Hall for Cornwall re-opened in October 2021, bringing musicals and shows, and probably panto, and there’s plenty of excellent restaurants and galleries to while away time including Muddy Award winning deli, Sabzi, as well as the Truro Food Festival and various markets at Lemon Street (above). The Royal Cornwall Museum has a new space exhibition too.
Outside the city you’ll want to head over to the Roseland peninsular, with beaches and walking and other gems, like Simon Stallard’s Hidden Hut (he served up the beach BBQ at G7 if you’re wondering how you recognise the name).
There are also the National Trust gardens and house at Trelissick (below) and hop on the King Harry Ferry and onto St Mawes where you’ll find more beautiful beaches.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Grown up city breaks in a good location for the town, or exploring Cornwall further and for those who enjoy an excellent but not silver service restaurant.
Not for: Truro isn’t really coastal, despite being on a tidal river, so no sea views here. With an intriguing history and monastery feel, this is a real grown ups hotel, so if you’ve a young family you might prefer something else. Modernists might find the bedrooms a little traditional.
The damage: From £139 for bed and breakfast – stay in the Bishop Suite for £239 for dinner, bed and breakfast (new Cornish Winter Getaway offer)
The Alverton, Tregolls Rd, Truro TR1 1ZQ