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For 2
10:00 PM

The Idle Rocks

94 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Recently voted as ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ & 'Best Chef' in the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards, as well as 'Best Restaurant' in the prestigious Trencherman's Awards.

Join us for lunch in our multi-award winning restaurant for our ‘Catch of The Day’ and a glass of outstanding Cornish wine, from now until Easter for just £19.50!

Head Chef Guy Owen and his team have designed a menu around stories brought to fruition through carefully developed relationships with local suppliers, fishermen and farmers. It's a true celebration of Cornwall and offers an unforgettable culinary journey, with strong emphasis on seasonal flavours, keeping true to our sustainability ethos.

The Restaurant is open 7 days a week, with dining on the terrace when the sun shines. We offer a welcoming and lively atmosphere, with music playing, guests chattering, cocktails being created and a fantastic wine list to mull over and enjoy.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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English, Seafood
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday:8am - 10:30am; 12pm - 2:30pm; 7pm - 9pm

Sunday: 8am - 9pm
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Phone number
01326 270270
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Guy Owen
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Parking Details
We have 2 car parks. They are initially for hotel residents however if we have spaces available then we can use them for restaurant diners. One is situated opposite the hotel which is ideal for guests that need easy access. The second is slightly further in the main St Mawes car park but we do have a concierge who will happily park it for you.
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Public Transit
There are regular train services from London and the Midlands to St Austell Station from where we can arrange for guests to be collected (approx. 35 mins).
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 94 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7  based on recent ratings
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AdamB (London)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We ate at the Idle Rocks for a late valentines night with my wife and I. Generally we enjoyed the food and the waiting staff tried hard. But our evening was spoiled by rudeness from one of the waitresses who having asked for bread without any response interrupted us asking a second waiter five minutes later and subsequently made a sarcastic comment when clearing plates. We eat out a lot and I have never seen a member of front of house staff with such a bad attitude.

Rocksalt (Kent)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

The most beautifully presented, tantalising, fine cuisine, set in a relaxing waterfront location .... with spectacular views. We are never disappointed. Thank you to the team.

OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Outstanding food, service, views & location. What more can I say?

Damon (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was of an exceptional quality, the service and their knowledge was so in depth and made to feel at ease throughout the whole night. Guy and his kitchen are smashing it here, the front of house staff are just as incredible, Will be back soon guys thanks!x

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

My favourite restaurant. Can’t fault it.
Guy & his team are superb. Never fail to be impressed.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

Just the perfect evening from the minute we arrived, attentive staff, great setting, fabulous food, we couldn't have wanted for more.

OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent dinner. Started with a couple of cocktails served in the lounge which had a lovely ambience to it. We chose the Goats Cheese Ravioli and the Pork Belly to start and we both had the curried cod for mains - all fabulous ! Service and the dining area was excellent . Highly recommended.

Champers (London)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

Attentive service but star of the show was the delicious food. Top quality gourmet food at its best. Can't wait to return.

OpenTable Diner (Cornwall)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful meal at the Idle Rocks, staff friendly and efficient, food was amazing and the decor was just lovely. Fantastic views of the harbour... superb evening, can't wait to come back!!

OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

Our waiter did not know how to make an appropriate spritz. On bringing an aperol & soda he consulted a colleague who brought an aperol spritz but it was far too water, mainly due to the abundance of ice. We thought the wine was over-priced.