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Five of the best places to eat for new year

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

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Top 5 places to ring in the new year

New Year at Knightor

Ring-in in style at this working winery above St Austell Bay, combining relaxed fine dining with a party atmosphere and a complimentary glass of award-winning sparkling wine at midnight. With starters such as lobster ravioli, rack of lamb or rare tuna for main, and mojito cheesecake or chocolate tart with Bailey's foam to finish, their four-course menu is delightfully different. Dance the night away until 2am and Knightor will even contribute to your taxi ride home! £50 per person, call 01726 851101.

Alverton Manor, Truro

See in 2013 with this hotel's new year's eve dinner-dance. This enchanting evening includes a decadent four-course dinner, live music and dancing. Sing Auld Lang Syne as the bells chime midnight and make a wish for new year in this magical Cornish manor. Food-wise, there's Jerusalem artichoke and truffle oil soup or pan-fried pheasant breast, followed by roast beef with wood-smoked beetroot or poached salmon fillet with horseradish rosti and champagne sauce. For the revellers, late night mini-Cornish pasties will go down a storm. Tickets are £65 each, room rates are also available from £45pp, including New Year's Day breakfast. Book now on 01872 276633. reception@alvertonmanor.co.uk

Tides, Mariners Rock

If you don't want to brave the elements this new year, Tides has the solution. Jostle your way through the bustling bar at Mariners Rock and head upstairs to Tides Restaurant, where just a wall of glass separates you from a view of the Camel estuary. Head chef Tom Scade, formerly at The Ritz, makes fantastic use of ingredients on his doorstep with Porthilly oysters, mussels and Cornish cod all featuring on the menu. Work your way through his delicious six-course set taster menu, including canapés, coffee and petit fours. Menu £69, wine flight £35. To book call 01208 863679 or tides@marinersrock.com

The Point at Polzeath

For a more relaxed celebration, head to this New Year's Eve party (£30pp). Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, hot and cold buffet food, a glass of bubbly at midnight and dance the night away with their in-house DJ. Polzeath has a reputation for its vibrant scene on the closing day of December, but pubs and restaurants become extremely busy, so it's always best to book in advance. After the revelry of New Year's Eve there's no better way to welcome 2013 than with their delicious 'hangover brunch' (from 10pm to 3pm on New Year's Day). Call 01208 864602 or restaurant@thepointatpolzeath.co.uk

Tresanton, St Mawes

Make New Year's Eve extra-special with dinner at Tresanton. Guests are welcomed with a glass of champagne in front of the roaring log fire, followed by a sumptuous four-course meal, coffee and petit fours. The set menu includes: Scots quails' eggs, Squid Ceasar, with anchovies, avocado and romaine salad, beef fillet for main and elderberry fool to finish. After dinner there will be live music in the lower bar or if you're feeling lucky you can try your hand at their casino. Dress to impress – £110 per person, but be quick to book as spaces are filling up fast. Call 01326 270055 or e-mail reservations@tresanton.com

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