The Idle Rocks

4.6
121 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
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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Cuisines
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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Neighbourhood
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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).
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 121 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

As good as ever, with charming staff and one of the best views in the country

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Lovely evening - a special birthday made even more special. Michelin star food and exceptional service

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Lovely food. Slightly inconsistent service - some amazing staff mixed amongst those who appeared to be going through the motions. Overall though really worth visiting and I admit I’m Benchmarking against london restaurants

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1.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Appalling service and the tiniest portions of food I’ve ever been served. We had to ask for more bread and still left hungry after two courses. Service was a shambles, everything that could have gone wrong did. Not what was expected for the price and it ruined a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Excellent food deserving of a Michelin star. More trading of front of house staff would complete the experience. Front of house manager attentive and in the case! Tasting menu and wine pairing was up there with the best.....

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We enjoyed the relaxed ambience of Idle Rocks. We had pre drinks on the terrace that provided lovely views to St Mawes and the distant coastline. The starter and main courses were flavoursome however they all needed to be served MUCH warmer. The Pork Belly with Black Garlic, Parsley and Anchovy starter is to be recommended as was the Moroccan lamb that came with an excellent side dish of vegetables, herbs and spices.

In addition to the food not being hot enough, the main course was served much TOO SOON after the starter courses. These two observations were reported and we trust were taken on board because they let down the chef / kitchen and an imaginative well executed menu.

The serving staff were attentive but one lacked some knowledge about each course; this was understandable because they were fairly new.

Overall enjoyable evening; so when we return at some point in the future we would like to award 5 stars across all aspects of the dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

A lovely meal on a warm summers evening overlooking the St Mawes harbour. Service was excellent

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Service, Food, Location - Just Perfect

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This was our second visit to the idle rocks this time to celebrate our anniversary.the food was faultless and service exceptional,will be visiting again.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The service and food was fantastic,if you are in Cornwall this is a must!!

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2.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We found the service quite slow. I was disappointed with the smoked trout starter. It did not taste very good at all. The portions of food for the main dishes were very small with no vegetables included in the price. Nobody checked in with us throughout our meal. We thought if was overpriced for what we ate. Overall a disappointing experience.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

What an excellent find. On arrival for our reservation, we decided to eat on the terrace as it was a sunny and warm evening. All the staff were very friendly and smartly dressed. The drinks list is extensive with enough to keep any non-alcoholic drinkers happy. The food was excellent. It was very well presented as well as tasting delicious. I would definitely eat here again.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Having held our daughters wedding reception, attended relatives anniversary parties and dined at the Idle Rocks previously it was my obvious venue for my husband's special birthday. The staff were extremly discreet regarding our daughter's gift of wine (letting us order then suprising us with the card and wine). The food was excellent as was the service. A most enjoyable evening - we will return again.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent lunch overlooking the harbour. Attentive staff and a quality experience.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

If we didn't live in Cornwall I could move in here . This is a location that anyone visiting should not miss . The hospitality of the Idle Rocks team is spot on and the food from a very talented chef is as good as anywhere in London that is rated . We have been here twice this year and will be back again.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Excellent atmosphere, casual and laid back. Or server was engaging and the food very good. The patio on the water had great views. The hotel is also very nice.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food was amazing, the ambiance of the room was lovely , the little note left on the table wishing us a happy anniversary was so thoughtful, and the service was great. Many thanks.
We will be back !.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Up there with one of the best dining experiences I've had, if not the best. We were very fortunate with the weather, meaning it was glorious sunshine so we could sit outside and relax in the sun on the terrace, gazing at the stunning sea view. The staff were very knowledgeable about both the dishes and wine and couldn't do enough to make sure you had a top experience. Every plate (we went for the taster menu) was delicious, varied and beautifully presented. highly recommended. I'll be back.

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Description of my crab starter was very misleading and the dish itself very frugal with not a lot of flavour
Again my brill main course did not have a lot of flavour all rather bland.

Certainly not worth the cost of the meal.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Probably one of the best locations in Cornwall
Lovely service and very tasty food, prices is very steep..
But looking forward to our next visit..

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The total experience from the service to the food was outstanding. Myself and my partner both had the tasting menu and felt every course was put together perfectly. We are hoping to return for our next special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Booked this from home as we were travelling to stay at St Mawes and needed a nice meal after a long, long journey. We were absolutely blown away, the staff were exceptionally friendly and attentive and the food was simply amazing, every dish was a work of art. Fantastic restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We live on the continent where the myth is perpetuated that you cannot eat well in the British Isles. Well, a visit to The Idle Rocks should convince the most critical eaters and get them to enthusiastically report about the dining experience there. The chef knows what (s)he is doing. The food is cooked to perfection, presented very attractively and served professionally by friendly and motivated staff who manage to make you feel really welcome.

On top of that the location is stunning. The prices are not for the faint-hearted, but they represent the value of what you get for your money.

The Idle Rocks is a restaurant pearl tucked away in an unexpected corner. The star team provided us with an unforgettable experience for which we thank them very, very much.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Top level food and service in a contemporary yet very comfortable restaurant

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

For a special occasion this would be ideal particularly for people who love to know what's in a dish and all the ingredients etc. Lovely waterside location.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Lovely setting, fantastic greeting and pre dinner drink. Lovely food! Excellent service. A wonderful evening for our anniversary.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Had the set lunch menu. One of the nicest meals I’ve had - the flavours were amazing. Superb service and of course the view of St Mawes and the sea. Just a shame that we were the only couple in the restaurant! Definitely recommend it for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent as usual. Food service and wine exceptional with an amazing view

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

The idle rocks restaurant area has been revamped since our last visit and is now a stunning piece of interior design with food and service to match. Relaxed and welcoming and the Dyson hand washer/driers in the gents are the icing on the cake!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent Sunday lunch. Quality of the food and wine was extremely good even down to the olives and fresh warm bread served prior to the meal Great views and friendly staff. Would definitely return

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