Gara Rock

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91 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas and dinner daily, all year round. Chef Lewis' seasonal dishes feature ingredients from local producers and his own kitchen garden.
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NP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

This is the most amazing location. Furnishing and ambience is just right. Service is generally good but weak in places. We ate here twice. My partner had 2 good meals. I had 2 poor fish meals. Dry tasteless swordfish and miniscule expensive plaice. The waitress on the first evening was unable to answer any questions about the menu and forgot to tell us about one of the specials.

D
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Whilst Gara Rock retains an ideal location in a beautiful area with limited options you have to say, even as a non-resident the overall experience could not be faulted, The staff were amazing, the location was gorgeous and it looks a very nice hotel and not just a restaurant. Recommended. Dave and Claire x

JB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Stayed the weekend at Gara Rock and had a fantastic time. Food was great and atmosphere and other guests were great! Service was a little chaotic as in bringing food to table which wasn’t ours but it didn’t detract from the occasion! We shall return!

EN
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely evening- great staff, outstanding food and an amazing location.

AG
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a beautiful setting. Staff are very attentive

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing we loved it. The only thing that was a bit frustrating was the amount of bloggers there, it seemed very obvious who they were & who the paying guests were. A little frustrating for the paying guests.

HQ
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning location with a beautiful vista. The whole way the building has been designed really does make the most of its unique vantage point. The decor is contemporary with traditional twists and very warm and the whole team friendly and welcoming.
We had both dinner and breakfast, both were of outstanding quality and extremely tasty. I would highly recommend and hopefully be back soon.

D
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Gara Rock is a beautiful restaurant perched above stunning coastline. The food is good. Would like more fish choices on the menu and some more vegetarian options though. They had an excellent sauvignon blanc from NZ Dogpoint.

HP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - every single thing was delicious! Best vegetarian breakfast we've ever had.

KC
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I’m am gluten free & the staff were more than helpful re choosing from menu etc

LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Yes rock is fantastic place to go for a coffee, glass of wine, cake or a full lunch or dinner. The outside space on a warm day is great but equally inside in now spacious and welcoming. They allow dogs everywhere. Great kids choices too.

m
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Every visit in the last couple of years has a most pleasant experience, whether for a special occasion or to find a haven for rest and fuel during a south-path walk. The staff are splendid. Food well cooked, well presented.

VV
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We really enjoyed our visit, loved the atmosphere and the fact that you could relax in the lounge area rather than just being focused on dining was a welcome addition.
We felt quite underwhelmed by the menu with its limited choice and considering the statement that the look and feel of Gara Rick presents, the menu was lacking inspiration to tempt those tastebuds.
Unfortunately the service didn’t overly impress either, it was slow and lacking in attentiveness and attention to detail - at one point the waitress was clearing the table while my husband was still eating!
This said it wouldn’t stop us returning as we did enjoy the location, atmosphere, ambience and lounge area.

RN
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Poor service, poor food, excellent location.
Had to wait an age to be served after which the food was both poor quality and cold. This was followed by coffees that were tepid and had to be sent back.

JS
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Lovely view and great food for Father's Day lunch, shame about the service though which let down the overall experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Anniversary meal

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

A stunning location in a very contemporary building. The food was very good. The service was just about ok but we were getting a bit edgy waiting, however the staff were very pleasant

c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food amazing, hot and tastes great but portions have suddenly halved in size but increased in price which is very disappointing. Manager was very friendly but there werent enough staff on duty.

LH
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

We’ve stayed before and loved the restaurant, however this time the service was very slow. Staff were lovely but seemed stressed. Delicious food.

SA
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service, excellent food and great wine!

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Amazing spot, beautiful views, lovely food. Only drawback is the service which isn’t up to the location and kitchen quality. Once that’s sorted, will be a force to be reckoned with for sure. Peter is amazing though. As is Roydon. Super friendly, helpful and pros

PR
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Beautiful location and fabulous rooms and facilities
Ambience of restaurant great
Service in restaurant extremely slow and at times totally disorganised which was a shame as food was very good. We did think it was short staffed and the three staff were extremely stretched at times

No cocktail list was shown to us at any time

BW
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect dining experience, food was excellent, table service was perfect, the view is stunning and cannot wait to go back.

C
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We had possibly the worst restaurant experience we’ve ever had at Gara Rock. We had booked a table there in hope that we may book to stay for our minimoon next year, but when we arrived we quickly realised that this was not the place for us. There was no one around to greet us as we walked into the restaurant, none of the waitresses made eye contact with us, I would go as far as to say that they were purposefully ignoring us, conveniently hidden by the queue of people at the bar ordering for outside. Bearing in mind the inside restaurant was not busy they keep us waiting a good 10 minutes, by which point we got fed up and had to walk over to one of them to specifically ask to be seated. We were met with a sigh and an eye roll and still no eye contact. We were shown to our table which was not near the window, arguably the only reason you would book to go to this restaurant, so we asked if we could move to one of the vacant tables near the window to which the answer was a simple no, with no explanation and no compromise. At this point in a usual restaurant I would’ve left, but as there are no other restaurants around Gara Rock we didn’t have much choice - this could be the reason for the lack of customer service, they do not compete with any other restaurants so feel they don’t have to try very hard! We were seated and chose what to order within a few minutes (it’s not an extensive menu) so again we looked round to be served but no one would give us eye contact...again, around 15 minutes later my partner got up and asked the waitress if she could take our order. The food came out relatively quickly and was very good, but the poor service we had experienced so far had just tainted the whole experience for us and we could not wait to leave. I won’t be recommending this place for anything other than the views, and even then there are better places to look out to sea. Very disappointing.

I
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

table of 6, ordered Porthilly oysters to start but then told it was unavailable so went for the Mussels which was very nice, ordered 2 portions of the Cote de boeuf, one Red mullet and one Halibut dish. The salad that came with the beef was so salty it was inedible and the leeks that came with the halibut was gritty so left them aside. We did tell the waiter who apologised and offered to replace the leeks but we were not bothered anymore. We still paid the full bill, overall average and inconsistent as I had the halibut the day before and it had no problems and delicious. I do recommend the beef as it was cooked perfectly.

S
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Beautifully decorated - food was excellent quality and delicious when it arrived- staff are lovely but service is generally a bit slow and you need to attract attention to get service but it’s a popular place so always busy. I have been several times and will continue to come as I always enjoy the atmosphere but service could be improved on

GT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic experience. Food was the best we had in Salcombe that weekend. Will be back for sure

C
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I went there with my daughter for her 18th birthday
Ordered two drinks but only one came out so had to ask for the other
Both had salmon but my daughters had a small caterpillar or grub crawling on it which obviously had to be changed by the young male waiter with not much apologies
Main course we had lamb but not much taste
Take it from me I’m certainly not a fussy eater
After all that I skipped desert and had coffee which was very good
I expected more as so many people told me it was good
Taking into account it wasn’t busy , probably about six tables be used

JM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal to celebrate an anniversary. The views over the sea are amazing and the food and service were faultless too. We enjoyed tasty starters - mushroom soup and chickpea fritters - followed by lamb chop and hare ragu. The chocolate brownie was soft and warm. Just right. The staff were friendly and looked after us well. I would definitely recommend.

LC
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The staff were attentive but the nearby table was left uncleared for 30 minutes. For the prices charged
- ie restaurant rather than pub- we felt it was too long to sit looking at someone's left over meal.

The food was good but we had really wanted a menu that was more good gastro pub than fine dining. We were not sure where the Garage Rock was trying to pitch itself.

It's a fantastic location so we hope it succeeds.

TJ
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent interesting food served to us at the end of a very busy sunny Easter sunday - we were very impressed! Delicious, fresh items on the menu. Stunning views where ever you sit. So refreshing to be in a contemporary seaside restaurant.

ET
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Not often this happens but I genuinely looked at the menu and not one thing jumped out as ‘delicious, ooh I’d like that!’. In fact it was a challenging read. I do live in London and dine out regularly and as a result am very spoilt! Chez Bruce is my local I’m no stranger to fine dining. It tasted good without being great.

Fabulous staff, Alice was ace.

JH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This is a great stop off for a long walk . The staff are very polite, the menu is interesting and the food tasty, the ambience is relaxed but still quite classy and the views are lovely . On this occasion ( Saturday in the Easter bank holiday) the service was slow, but normally it is better.

HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Visited on Easter weekend for lunch - the hotel itself is stunning, the views spectacular. If only the food and service could match the bare bones of this place, it would be incredibly special. It felt like the staff were young and inexperienced. It took us 20 minutes of standing at the bar to even be noticed by one of the 5 bar staff. The waiting staff were run off their feet and did not know how to react when I sent my crab sandwich back. One, because it had around one dessert spoon full of crab in it and two, because the bread was decidedly stale. I decided not to pick another hole in it (the fact the crab did not contain the herbs it was supposed to). Said crab sandwich arrived back 15 minutes later, when I had eaten all the accompanying chips but this time the bread was even more stale, I was told it had been toasted to make it less stale, but only one side had been toasted, the other side was still un-toasted and well, still very much stale. I have never heard of a toasted crab sandwich... I think the chef had probably just had enough at that point. The hotel was heaving with down from London types probably wanting a change of scene from Babington House or The Pig. I hope they could see past the errors of this newly re-launched hotel and will come back again, hopefully once the staff are a bit more invested and the chef has learnt what a £12.00 sandwich should look like. My partner's salad was better - but lacked a good dressing and any real flavour. The final view of the shimmering blue sea was marred by a pile of used dog-poo bags, melting in the hot sun... right by the hotel's main entrance. Nice. I don't envy the person whose job it will have been to clean up that particular bit of mess.... This hotel probably functions ok-ish on a quieter day when there are less demands on the staff and less demanding clients in town. I just hope this team will grow in experience and hopefully iron out some very large creases.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I've been to Gara Rock a few times and overall I generally enjoy the food and experience. The location and view really is amazing. The newly updated decor and refurb is good and I like the new layout and extra space including the more relaxed area's if just going for a drink. The service is also generally very good, although upon my last visit it lacked somewhat. My only slight moan is that being vegan the menu is really very limited, the food we received was very good but I would really like to see more plant based options and thought into these type of dishes rather than having to chose an already limited vegetarian dish without an ingredient included.

NB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The location and ambience are excellent, unfortunately the food and service are not as good, for the prices charged and the extra cost for vegetables the food quality does not justify the expense. Service was average at best which was a real pity.

PW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely spot and great food. Relaxed and friendly service and space for kids to play outside.

SG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food location, food and service. What more could you ask for?

JM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Excellent food. Let down by inattentive service and wine wrongly described in the menu.

N
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Recently opened, you get the feeling this hotel team is still bedding in. The location is fabulous and the hotel is beautiful, but until the food is of a matching quality we won't be back. The menu looks great but completely failed to deliver. Very little cooking skill on show (when a menu just lists the ingredients you expect some process involved), no imagination when it comes to plaiting up and the staff didn't manage those small things that make a diner feel well attended to. We cancelled our second night booking to go elsewhere and had a much better meal. A real shame because Gara Rock could be brilliant. Hopefully the kitchen will catch up with the rest.