The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian

4.5
90 reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Boho beach cafe and wedding venue. Famous for good food and its sandy back garden. A relaxed, contemporary beach bar, ideal for the whole family and dogs.

The Rockpool is the perfect stop off after a beach walk or surf. The Rockpool provides consistent excellent customer service and innovative and inspiring, locally sourced dishes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 90 People Are Saying
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ross
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was serving a reduced menu because COVID so there wasn't a huge selection, but the food was delicious. We had four dishes, each was flavourful, a good size, and arrived quickly. The cocktails were ambrosial, and the service on form.

The restaurant is currently at reduced capacity, so tables are widely spaced apart. In addition, waiters wore facemasks and disinfected tables between seatings.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Short staffed but still did a decent job. Food and location lovely

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LynseyC
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Reduced menu due to staffing shortages across the region but the pizzas were fab and the service very good.

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BekiT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Lovely food. Staff were very attentive and explained the reduced menu well. Great service during these tricky times

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FH12345
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Popped in for lunch after walk round Godfrey Point. Limited menu of pizza and sides due to being a bit short on staff but service and food was good And it was busy.

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SimonW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service.
A relaxed evening out

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LocalR
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Beautiful setting, varied menu, friendly staff but slow service and although the food was fine it was lacking in finesse.

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ZOFIAS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice and clean , service polite, food good and hot however very very slow, it took nearly two hours for main courses to come out. Great place to go if you have time

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OliviaB
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such tasty food with a big specials board as well! Atmosphere was perfect, lovely decor, highly recommended.

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vipJana
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Great location and pretty good food. However, service was absolutely appalling. Staff were rude and just did not care about their job or customers, resulting in multiple mistakes.
I specifically booked the restaurant and made a day trip out of it, totally to a disappointment. Saving grace was the wonderful beach.

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JPWrio
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our lunch here, lovely atmosphere and good staff.

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Kinkin
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Very disappointing breakfast. They only do pastries and pancakes on the breakfast menu. Pancakes were cold, dry and tasted days old. When we commented we were told the kitchen no longer prepares breakfasts as they are too busy getting ready for lunch. They should take the pancakes off the menu if they can’t make them fresh.

The place looked good and staff were nice. The food for lunch did look delicious but definitely give this place a miss for breakfast.

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AnnabelleB
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal post surfing - good choice, staff helpful, nice ambiance and food was superb

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WendyB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff went above and beyond during our time at The Rock Pool. They had minimum staff due to three chefs not showing for work (covid times causing havoc) so had to scale down the menu. We were initially disappointed due to it being a celebratory meal but the staff really did do everything to make sure it didn’t effect us. The food was amazing! I would certainly highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Although the menu was reduced due to staff shortages. Still an amazing choice.

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RajeshR
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Limited menu. Specials dishes were not clear in terms of type of dish and what are you ordering. Some dishes are Over priced. Tables too close to each other. Tables too close the main bar therefore too noisy when making cocktails. Also, can’t find the reason why they don’t serve food with drinks in the outside terrace. In addition to that waiting staff bringing dishes and drinks not all together rather bringing one by one. This lead to other people on the table waiting for others to join, makes it awkward situation. Also, noticed bar staff making mistakes with billing where by food and drinks were added for the wrong table until I have to point it out to correct the bill. Overall service was poor. Needs lots of improvement in terms of someone experienced supervising the inexperienced waiting staff.

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AidanS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location amazing food but most importantly awesome staff and service

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julese
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely quirky place . Friendly and very attentive staff

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CarolynP
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal but worrying to have to keep an eye on the car park in case time expired.

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MarieF
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful location and good decor. Good food choice and specials board.
Toilets require cleaning attention and toilet paper and hand towels replenishing.

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EntelaM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my Husband had a lovely time
Service and Food was excellent at the Rockpool Beach Cafe
Thank you Guys
Definitely will come again
🤗

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We so look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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SamT
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great lunch at the Rockpool cafe. Really friendly staff and great food. Also had a sea view. Would go there again.
Great spot on the beach

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Gia7
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and the food was sooo good
I would return

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your great review!

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MillieL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere. Really enjoyed our meal.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you - we look forward to seeing you again!

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Gary
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Really enjoyed the food but took ages to be seated and picked up a parking fine of £100 because I was 15 minutes late back to my car. I would not recommend The Rockpool to anyone due to the parking charge. You’d hope to be reimbursed for parking in the car park outside the restaurant but the fact it cost be £100 plus the annoying wait by the door for ten minutes because they couldn’t find the work iPad, has left a sour taste

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We are really sorry that you had this experience. The car park is managed by a separate company and we are fortunate that it is conveniently located in front of our restaurant. The signs are clear around the car park and unfortunately the company that manage it are very strict, especially in peak season. Please know there is a National trust car park just 2 mins walk away which is free for members or less for a day than the one in front. We hope this helps and we really hope to see you again.

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vipGnome
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Rockpool, went expecting their delicious Sunday lunch but, it was not offered. But, we were not disappointed- the food was delicious. The new area looks lovely but, the new benches are the wrong height to the table, as a result really uncomfortable after an hour so, decided not to stay for pudding. Still the best coffee in Cornwall!

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We're so pleased you enjoyed your time and food with us! We have taken your comments on board about the benches, we're so sorry about that! We hope to see you again soon.

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PaulineWhyte
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table on line very straight forward. The food was amazing very quick service we have been in the past & it had been dun up so looks lovely & we shall be back again very soon x

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We really look forward to seeing you again soon :-)

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SophieT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, great customer service from all the staff. Very welcoming atmosphere and for our 2 dogs too.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your great review!

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful location. Great food. Quick service. A really young team and actually much better service than many restaurants.

Definitely would recommend this as location to visit for a walk relax and wonderful food ! *

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We're so pleased you had a fantastic time and enjoyed The Rockpool!

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TomG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely spot for lunch after a walk - just make sure you book so you can get the full menu inside.

Food was tasty and high-quality, although part of our order (side of fries) was forgotten, had to be asked for, and arrived pretty late into our meal.

Good veggie options, as well a fine selection of meaty dishes. Pea and Mint fritta were excellent.

Generally recommended.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your great review! We're so glad you like the variety on the menu too.

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StageyDinners
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a stunning location!

The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding.

We had the mussels and it was absolutely divine, paired with a lovely recommended wine.

A relaxed boho beach vibe with class and style.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We're so pleased that you enjoyed our venue and your wine pairing, a new item to our menu this season. Thank you for taking the time to review.

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HelenC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The staff were all friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxed.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

Wonderful - thank you for your review.

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TRACYD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great little spot and vibe for a chilled out lunch in the sunshine - crab sandwiches were gorgeous

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous lunch at The Rockpool, which we’d booked at the last minute. The food was very good and the service excellent. Would highly recommend.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for this fantastic review. We hope to see you again soon.

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KatyL
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, very quickly served. For covid times this place has definitely mastered how to do it will definitely return

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We really look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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SamanthaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was lovely. From start to finish was so good. The staff were helpful and attentive to us. The food was very tasty and we all loved it. Thank you so much!

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We will pass on your comments - thanks so much!

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SaraM
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fabulous food, our waiter was exceptional
Lent, very charming

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for this great review!

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KarenG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The cod fillet was perfectly cooked and the nduja hollandaise worked really well. I asked for an extra side after our mains had been set down and it arrived very promptly.
Very friendly waiting staff who spared a moment to talk about the history of Rockpol. Nice relaxed buzzy atmosphere.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

We will pass on these comments to the chef and team -thank you.

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VictoriaW
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! We started with salt and pepper squid and then I was debating between the pork cutlets and cod. Our waiter recommended the pork and I’m so pleased I went with it. The flavours were phenomenal and the pork so tender! I also had the passionfruit and yuzu cocktail and am going to have to try recreating it at home.

This was our second visit to Rockpool. We visited a couple of years ago and were blown away by the food and staff back then. I’m so pleased that both food and staff have maintained the same high standards and I hope to be able to visit again one day.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

What great news! We absolutely love our new cocktails and we're so thrilled to offer these. We really look forward to seeing you again.

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RachelH
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty good quality food.
Great waiter service.
Right by the sea, what more do you need?!

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded 6 days ago

Absolutely! Nothing more is needed in our opinion either :-)

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The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian is rated 4.5 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.