20th December 2018

Meet The Royal Duchy Hotel Head Chef | John Mijatovic

Head Chef John Mijatovic has taken The Royal Duchy Hotel, Pendennis Restaurant from strength to strength over almost a decade of service, flying the flag for fine dining in Falmouth. The Pendennis Restaurant has won AA Rosettes for its creative menu which combines classic British cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian flavours. Taking inspiration from the fresh Cornish produce in and around Falmouth and Cornwall.

"The Royal Duchy Hotel is perfectly positioned to enjoy fresh Cornish produce that is renowned for its quality and taste yet with minimal impact on the marine environment around us. Each day over 50 different varieties of fish are landed by local boats here in Cornwall, we are extremely lucky to be able to offer local, sustainable fish using sustainable fishing methods, along with meat and vegetables from Cornish farms" says John. 

With glorious sweeping sea views across the bay, Pendennis Restaurant is the perfect getaway for top quality relaxed dining; whether guests are celebrating a special occasion, indulging in a top quality dinner,  or simply enjoying a Cornish breakfast with a tranquil view.

Guests can also enjoy delicious food in the relaxed surroundings of the Terrace Lounge, the ideal choice for those evenings when you would prefer a light meal or informal dining. In the warmer months, residents and non-residents can also choose to dine al fresco on the beautiful Sun Terrace overlooking the manicured lawn over to the bay and up to Pendennis Castle.

Comfortable and relaxed, the menu is extensive and includes popular Cornish seafood dishes such as local crab and fresh mussels, possibly caught just a stone’s throw from the hotel in Falmouth Bay.

The Royal Duchy Hotel is part of the Brend Hotels group, which has steadily built up a collection of fabulous hotels and top quality, award-winning restaurants across Devon and Cornwall that now features 11 luxury hotels and 18 restaurants.

The Royal Duchy Hotel prides itself on superb fine dining with a contemporary twist. The award-winning AA Rosette Pendennis Restaurant headed up by Head Chef John and a team of 4 super chefs and 6 super chefs in training, continue to delight guests with their flair and imagination through dining, with freshly made to order cuisine, using only the finest local ingredients.

As a family run business, The Brend Group have always taken great pride in training and developing staff from within. This is vital to maintaining the values and high standards that the Brend Family is known for. The Brend Training Academy provides paid training places to young people local to each hotel that are keen to pursue a career in the hospitality industry, so that they can earn an income while also acquiring valuable new skills, working within our expert team of 1,300 staff. They have the opportunity to learn their trade and also gain accredited qualifications, all under the close guidance of our managers.

There are now over 50 young people in Devon and Cornwall who are undertaking traineeships, apprenticeships or national vocational courses under the banner of the Brend Training Academy. The Royal Duchy Hotel has a 12 strong kitchen team with legendary Breakfast Chef Pete Hirst soon to reach 30 years service in 2019, 3 Commis Chef apprenticeship and 3 Chef De Partie apprenticeship currently in training under the wings of John. With exciting plans for the year ahead, John and The Royal Duchy Hotel Kitchen team are proud to be a part of the Brend family.

The Duchy Elves have been hard at work for months, creating a fabulous Christmas cake for guests, almost too good to eat! Head Chef John Mijatovic continues to bring spontaneity, new ideas and creative flair to the table, take a peek at John's previous spectacular Christmas cake creations here. You will not be disappointed with this year's masterpiece!...

Experience Cornish cuisine at its best!

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