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About The Idle Rocks

Voted ‘Best Restaurant’ AND ‘Best Hotel Restaurant of the Year’ in the prestigious Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2017!

Head Chef Guy Owens’ culinary style is refined, imaginative cuisine with French and Asian influences. Flavour, texture and presentation all play an integral part in creating the perfect dish.

Whilst we are very serious about the sourcing and preparation of our menu, the setting is relaxed, and the hospitality is genuine and engaging.

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 great organic wine list to mull over and enjoy.

Harbourside
St. Mawes
Falmouth, Cornwall TR2 5AN
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
English, Southwest

Hours of Operation:

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

Sunday: 8am - 9pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01326 270771

Website:
http://www.idlerocks.co.uk/

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.

Public Transport:
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).

Executive Chef:
Guy Owen

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Idle Rocks Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.8

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4.2

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (14)
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Quiet Conversation (10)
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·Dined on 10 November 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

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Organic, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Waterfront, Cozy, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee
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 (London)·Dined on 28 October 2017

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

Tags: Vegan, Organic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, People Watching, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on 26 October 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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 (Manchester)·Dined on 24 October 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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 (London)·Dined on 10 October 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 7 October 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!!

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (London)·Dined on 21 September 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (London)·Dined on 19 September 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 17 September 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

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 9 September 2017

excellent food and service. Ideal place to look at the sea and boats when the weather Is good or not so good

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on 7 September 2017

Another very enjoyable evening, great food, ambience and service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 26 August 2017

Wonderful restaurant with stunning views, attentive staff and fabulous food. Exceeded our expectations and was the highlight of our trip. You can't get better than sitting at a table outside on the veranda watching the sun setting over St Mawes harbour. We would thoroughly recommend it for a special night out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 23 August 2017

We were looking for somewhere special for an end of holiday treat with friends ( but not children!)! And boy did we find it !! The service was utterly outstanding but at the same time not at all intrusive. They knew the dishes they were offering inside and out and were extremely friendly and courteous in their delivery without being overly friendly. The food was simply divine and full of the mist delicious flavours .... perhaps a bit on the small side if I had any criticism at all. Crab tortellini was amazing ... would have loved it as a main course! And I loved the fact they had a cheese menu too! The wine was fabulous- we treated ourselves to a bottle of camel valley brut Pinot noir .... out of this world and then enjoyed 2 bottles of picpol with our meal ... one of the best I've ever tasted . Just perfect 👌! Thank you idle rocks ... you certainly do rock ❤️

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 23 August 2017

Fantastic food of a standard and level of refinery I haven't experienced before in cornwall. The front of house have hospitality down to a fine art!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 20 August 2017

Despite a very wet day it was a joy to have such a wonderful lunch at The Idle Rocks.
The staff were excellent and very efficient without being stuffy.
The food and wine were divine.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on 17 August 2017

Excellent food the service was impeccable
Highly recommend to anyone who ventures to St.Mawes, beautiful place

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 13 August 2017

Fantastic as usual

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 (London)·Dined on 12 August 2017

Truly exceptional cooking by Guy, Head Chef. It was seafood Saturday and we ate a whole fresh John Dory, which was cooked to perfection. The starters of crab and scallops were sophisticated yet unfussy, allowing the ingredients to shine through. The setting is perfect, with commanding views of St Mawes harbour.

Superb.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on 7 August 2017

Beautiful setting, great food, fantastic service - couldn't recommend highly enough.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Waterfront, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Newcastle)·Dined on 6 August 2017

The place was spectacular. Delicious food and excellent service. We had a coeliac in our party and the staff were very attentive to that fact. Lovely experience. X

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on 6 August 2017

Perfection. The food, decor and service were sublime. My husband and I took our 4 very hard to please teenagers for Sunday lunch and the verdict was unanimous, it was glorious!

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 13 July 2017

We had a great experience there and went back the next evening. Again great experience. Very nice service, very friendly staff. Wine was also good and till reasonably priced.

Tags: Organic, Waterfront, Casual
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 10 July 2017

Visited many times. Always a pleasure to sit on a lazy summer afternoon overlooking the harbour and enjoy excellent food and a good bottle of wine. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 9 July 2017

A most fabulous place. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. Prices are high, but you know that before you go, so no excuses. We will definitely return again. Many thanks

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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 (Warwickshire)·Dined on 8 July 2017

We had the tasting menu accompanied by a 'flight' of matched wines. Absolutely superb in every way. Not cheap, but well worth it for a splash out. We would go back at the drop of a hat if in the area again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 18 June 2017

Absolutely fabulous from start to finish. Cannot wait to go back

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 18 June 2017

Wonderful food, great ambience, attentive but discreet service, fantastic view. Had a wonderful time celebrating Fathers Day with my Dad. Very special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on 6 June 2017

A very pleasurable evening and ideal for that special occasion.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 28 May 2017

Outstanding Food in a lovely atmosphere!

Very welcoming and being a younger couple, felt in no way out of place.

Sunday Lunch Sirloin Roast was exceptional!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 21 May 2017

Fabulous location on seafront at St Mawes, with option of eating outside or in the stylish but unfussy dining room. Staff were friendly attentive and efficient. Sunday lunch menu offers a limited, but adequate, choice. The vegetables which accompanied our roast beef were perfectly cooked and varied, while the beef was good quality and well cooked. Will try a la carts menu next time we are in Cornwall.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 21 May 2017

Lovely Sunday lunch great service and a fabulous view very recommended

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on 30 April 2017

Wonderful evening, excellent service, food superb, recommended by our hosts at Number One B & B in St Austell.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Gloucestershire)·Dined on 24 April 2017

Pricey but very good. Pity about the dreadful 'background' music.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Gloucestershire)·Dined on 9 April 2017

Lovely Sunday lunch.
I received vouchers for my birthday as my parents knew we were spending a week in Cornwall not far from St Mawes. We did a bit of research and decided to book in for Sunday lunch. The weather was lovely so we sat outside on the terrace with an aperitif while we looked sat the menu. Olives and nuts were a lovely touch as we did this. We were then taken inside to a lovely table with a fantastic view. Breads were served and the rosemary mini loaf was delicious. The staff were attentive but not intrusive, the food was of excellent quality with plenty of vegetables with super crispy roast potatoes to accompany the beef. The wine list was comprehensive although a little pricey. We then returned to the terrace to finish our drinks and make the most of the glorious view.
Definitely a Sunday lunch to remember.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 19 March 2017

We recently stayed at Idle Rocks for three nights and we had Sunday lunch there plus evening meal. The scenery is beautiful and the food was amazing. The service was perfect and we were well looked after. We also had our breakfast at this place and it was just bliss, calm and peaceful. Thank you for looking after us.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 22 January 2017

Excellent Sunday lunch, great service and wonderful views.
We come to Cornwall from Cheshire at least 3 times a year and lunch at The Idle Rocks has become a 'must'

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 17 December 2016

The best dining experience I've ever had in Cornwall. Ever aspect to a very high standard. Superb. Thank You

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on 9 December 2016

Absolutely fabulous meal, lots of amazing tastes
Decor stylish with the most amazing Christmas decorations

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 26 October 2016

We really enjoyed our lunch at The Idle Rocks. The location is fantastic, and the dining room was comfortable and well designed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 21 October 2016

Brilliant restaurant right on the water at St Mawes. Clever design means that all tables feel as though they are in prime position. Service of very good food is friendly, yet professional. Wine list is interesting and contains choices to satisfy most palates and wallets. We enjoyed the dinner so much that we were tempted to return the very next night. We resisted but we will surely return.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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