The Idle Rocks

4.6
126 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Fit for Foodies
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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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 126 People Are Saying
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Hertfordshire
84 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First visit to the Idle Rocks restaurant whilst on holiday in St Mawes. Food good, but rather pricey. Appreciated the Trevibban Mill sparkling wine. Atmosphere was somewhat lacking to start with, but we did dine early.

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Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The location is very nice by the harbour side and the staff is pleasant and earnest. Unfortunately the service is frenetic and disorganized, with apparently no one in charge of the dining room. For example, our amuse-bouche arrived at the same time as our starters and even before water was poured. What should have been a quiet diner in an attractive restaurant with upscale aspirations turned out to be an uncomfortable evening out distracted by a staff rushing back and forth. Thank goodness we were not seated by the kitchen door! With the exception of the raw oysters, the food was undistinguished and way too salty. This may have reflected the fact that the chef was on holiday, but was unfortunate none the less. Hopefully leadership in the dining room and kitchen will improve in the future.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. Never disappoints with a great menu and a fantastic sommelier.

A special place in our world.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food with a creative flair, for people who value well thought out dishes and flavour combinations who don’t mind paying for quality and enjoy an eating experience not just lunch or dinner.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic waterside location attentive service and lovely food with fresh seafood options

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SP
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DR
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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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l
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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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GH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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NW
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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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CI
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, Food, Location - Just Perfect

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m
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DS
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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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KM
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JG
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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IL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RK
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

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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M
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KW
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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DR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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FV
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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N
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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ST
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

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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R
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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HH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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