Toby Ashworth Nare Hotel
Toby Ashworth

To mark the arrival of spring in Cornwall, The Nare revived its Cornwall Spring Story drinks reception this week- the first in-person, non-resident event hosted at the hotel for almost two years.

The spring celebration follows a declaration of the new season by the five-star hotel and six of the Great Gardens of Cornwall – Trewithen, Heligan, Caerhays, Trebah, Trewidden and Tregothnan.

They officially announced the arrival of spring on February 22, as signified by the bloom of 50 Magnolia Campbellii in each of the gardens. Known as Cornwall’s Spring Story, the bloom count has become an annual calendar moment and proof that thanks to warmer temperatures, spring often comes early in Cornwall.

The exclusive drinks reception was hosted at the hotel’s Quarterdeck Restaurant with views over Gerrans Bay on Tuesday (Mar 1). As well as being a homage to spring, the occasion also marked the hotel reopening to non-residents for dining following recent restrictions.

Toby Ashworth, owner of The Nare and founder of the Cornwall Spring Story, said: “Spring often arrives in Cornwall an entire month before the remainder of the UK, and this year was no different. We were incredibly delighted to see the blooms flourishing in the beautiful gardens across the Duchy and to welcome many friends to The Nare to celebrate Cornwall at its best.

“This is the first in-person event that we have hosted at The Nare for some time; we have dearly missed bringing people together to share our passion for Cornwall. Here’s to the changing of the seasons and to reopening our doors to non-residents.”