The Idle Rocks

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£26 to £40
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English
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.

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.
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AB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great location, great people

RC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great service and a wonderful environment.

m
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place that puts the word special in special occasion

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We asked a friend to join us for dinner who lived in Truro.we were so embarrassed as the dinner was not good we waited an hour for main course and our guest sent hers back and my dinner cold .really not good for what we paid not worth the price we did complain to a lovely receptionist to no avail.we have travelled the world and stayed at many Relais chateaux hotel and never had a bad meal .We will not return or recommend The Idle Rocks

TR
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Arrived for lunch and sat on the terrace outside, welcomed by Simone from the hotel who was lovely but unfortunately the restaurant staff who waited on us were not up to par. The music volume jumped up as we sat down and was playing a range of house music, firstly too loud and more akin to an Ibiza bar at sunset than a relaxed up market restaurant in st mawes, so I politely asked for it to be turned down to which the manager gasped and seemed pretty miffed. Maybe he was reminiscing his youth on the white isle. In any case it was turned down thankfully and we then had to wait for menus, then the napkins with starters we had to ask twice for, then the cocktail drinks weren’t cleared until after lunch... it just all seemed a bit laboured and like we a hassle to the staff. Maybe the end of season blues were setting in... but the food was great albeit slightly small portions, the setting is lovey and the view fantastic. One waiter we had for a short while was good, engaging and seemed to care but unfortunately some were not.

Overall It was a good experience that was applied by a few instances, it has the potential to be fantastic is they can tighten up the service.

HM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the fourth time we have eaten at Idle Rocks whilst staying locally and the food is truly superb.
The biggest improvement has been the staff, when the hotel first opened the staff were quite stand offish - not anymore! Such a great visit and can’t wait to return

VM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food and brilliant service.

We were away on our honeymoon and received a voucher for here as a wedding present. We enjoyed it so much that we rebooked for our final night!
The food was delicious, fantastic flavours and well executed. We particularly enjoyed the pretzel bread and were gifted some to take home with us.
Thank you so much for such a lovely end to our holiday!

L
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Felt the service was very slow and the food not as nice as it used to be. Staff in the restaurant need to be re-educated on what service means.

VS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We have enjoyed several fabulous lunches at Idle Rocks, this was the first time for dinner. One of the main courses, a beef dish, our guest was unable to eat, although we weren't charged for that meal , they were left hungry. I also object to charging extra for side dishes, £5.50 for 4 new potatoes, given that the cost of the main course itself is fairly pricely, side dishes should accompany the meal without extra charge in my opinion.

A
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous food
Gorgeous location
Attentive staff
Beautiful and stylish
Am gluten and dairy intolerant diabetic and I felt spoilt not deprived
Will become regulars am sure

AC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Having enjoyed fabulous meals and hotel stays at the Idle Rocks it gives me no pleasure to report that our recent visit for dinner was dire. Ambiance was strange ,all staff new . Our guests felt uncomfortable .One member of staff was particularly dismissive of us and purposely ignored our table whilst marching up and down the restaurant doing nothing but looking around. We overheard two other tables complaining about how it had changed . At just short of £600 for 4 people for dinner, never again. Such a shame it was our go to place.

JA
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Idle Rocks for our wedding anniversary, staff were excellent, really friendly, food outstanding and everything done at just the right pace.

KT
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food and lovely, unpretentious service. Would highly recommend.

A
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very Nice location, great view over the Harbour and even greater food to eat.

j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wonderful lunch on the terrace marred only slightly by a faintly non capisco and disengaged manner of some of the serving staff. A lovely venue, great kitchen but possibly a few seasonal members of waiting staff? One responded to a question about the menu by saying flatly " I don't know; I would have to ask. " Then stood rooted to the spot clearly not intending to go anywhere. Um ... Please do ask then! But great venue and the food is delicious.

IP
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The meal got off to a great start with excellent and unusual cocktails which we enjoyed from our window table which had an amazing view over St Mawes harbour. But the food was very disappointing - and poor value at £60 for 3 courses. For our first course, we had ...
- the Heritage Tomato salad which was covered with what I can only describe as bright green slime - I think it was meant to be a 'basil foam' but it was much to heavy and it swamped the rest of the dish without tasting of much.
- the Cured Mackerel which was quite tasty but a very small portion.
For the main course, we both had the special of Haddock which was also a very small portion of fish and it was accompanied by black rice which was too salty.
We enjoyed our desserts - Baked Alaska with rhubarb and Ice Cream Sandwich with Strawberries - but in both cases the fruit element was in short supply.
Service was generally friendly and efficient, except for when we asked for the wine list and the waitress took away our wine glasses and didn't bring the wine list!
We left wondering why a restaurant which charges £60 for 3 courses has to be so mean with the portions of its key ingredient - fresh fish! A visit the next evening to another restaurant just down the road confirmed that it is still possible to get generous portions of equally good fresh fish for half the price.

A
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having travelled all over the world we love coming back to the Idle Rocks every summer! Fantastic setting and great food.

See you next year.

Andrew,Betty
Barbados 🇧🇧

T
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Lovely setting, good food but poor service! Such a shame that the chef was let down by the front of house.

BD
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was very good as always and the terrace was blessed with sunshine which is always a bonus. Sadly the service was unusually off this time, waited over half an hour for a pre meal drink and generally felt disappointed with the poor service throughout our meal. It’s the touches of service quality that make a memorable experience and that was sadly missing which offset what was otherwise excellent food.

I
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Great food, and amazing quality but expensive. Also service experienced during the afternoon was poor. I do not recommend afternoon tea there.

PA
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We were recommended this restaurant by family to visit. The food was amazing as was the setting and the ambience of the restaurant however the service was very slow and brought down the overall experience. We arrived 30 minutes early as the website suggested for pre-lunch drinks and to read the menu however after waiting some considerable time were asked what we would like to drink but hadn’t been shown the drinks/wine list which was then retrieved with the lunch menu. Having ordered a glass of wine each we were then asked what we would like to order for lunch ahead of actually receiving the wine and were then asked to go to our table literally 30 seconds into receiving our pre-lunch drink. There were no less than 7 staff counted on duty and including us (a couple) one other family of 4 adults with two children and an elderly couple for lunch - we elected to sit inside and were shown to a table by the window in front of the family who were seated outside which seemed odd given the emptiness of the restaurant for a full view? The water ordered at the table didn’t arrive until after the starters and it took until main course to receive a second glass of wine and the list again after prompting. Some of the staff seemed to be preoccupied with being taught how to lay a table than serve the few customers there, others, even when prompted, didn’t seem to have permission to serve us only to go and get someone else to help us. Such a shame as the food was great as was the venue but the service really let down the whole experience and we left not having dessert and seeking it elsewhere in St Mawes.

ML
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal very good service.staff very helpful and friendly.gorgeous setting

LF
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous venue with beautiful view over harbour! Relaxed and friendly yet professional service! Our Portuguese waiter made sure we had memorable experience! The food was not only delicious and beautifully presented - it was a work of art! Compliments to the chef!! We will be back!!

J
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited The Idle Rocks for Father’s Day lunch. From the moment we arrived we had a fantastic experience. All the staff were excellent. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The wine choice great too with spot on recommendations from the sommelier.

PS
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was as ever brilliant as was the dining room but the service was way less than expected, we were put onto a corner table and left to fend for ourselves.
We put our taxi back three times as we were kept waiting for over a hour for the first course to arrive which was a shame as it was a very special dinner for us and the management was aware of its significance.
This, I have to admit is the first occasion on our many visits to the restaurant that we have had anything other than brilliant food and good service.
But all was not lost as a generous gesture on behalf of the hotel means that Idle Rocks still remains one of our destination restaurant when we are in our house in Cornwall.

MD
London
32 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always dine here on our annual trip to the Roseland peninsula. Service is impeccable but unobtrusive. Food fabulous. Very pleased to see my favourite dessert ever, anywhere, still on menu. A baked alaska of rhubarb parfait, on a wafer thin ginger biscuit, sitting on rhubarb jelly, surrounded by italian meringue.... And with rhubarb gin poured over at the table!

JG
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a fabulous evening at The Idle Rocks to celebrate my husbands 70th birthday, it was absolutely perfect from the perfect setting with the lovely views over St Mawes bay, the excellent food presented beautifully and the extremely friendly , professional staff who set just the right ambience, well done to all xx
PS the afternoon tea is also to be recommended!

m
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fine dining experience. Superb food in a great location, with friendly and efficient service. One of the best restaurants we have visited in Cornwall.

TP
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We last went to The Idle Rocks in 2007 when we had our Wedding Breakfast for 9 people. The food and service were excellent. Our experience this time was rather disappointing; one particular member of staff literally 'hussled' us in from the terrace when we had not even finished our drinks and it was still nearly 10 minutes until our actual table booking time. After we were seated, we then waited 20 minutes for the food to be served, thankfully by different waiting staff that were very attentive and considerate. The food was frankly rather uninteresting and expensive for what it was. It was my wife's birthday treat, but I regret we won't repeat the experience again.

GN
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Cornwall - everything about this hotel and restaurant is great - been many times and in my opinion, the food is getting better and better every year!

f
London
103 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable evening albeit a bit pricey.

EB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Much improved service - food generally good although lamb unimpressive as fat unrederred and although not undercooked. It was gelatinous and small.

WD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing setting to go with the delicious food. This is our second outing to this lovely restaurant. The weather wasn't anywhere near as perfect this time but that didn't detract from a lovely time and the views are still stunning. We look forward to a third trip...hopefully.

OT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful warm welcome, sparkling wine and nibbles in front of the fire, followed by an excellent lunch. Thanks for a special afternoon.

SF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course a delight. Sensational food at a sensible price in a lovely, relaxed setting. A well deserved 5 stars from us!

BD
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always - great food and outstanding service

F
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting. Excellent food beautifully presented. We had the set lunch 3 courses £35. Top class meal would recommend.

AP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch at the Idle Rocks: outstanding starters and beautifully done Sunday roast. Faultless service. All the restaurant tables have outstanding sea and harbour views. Would recommend and go again.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the faster menu. Fantastic. Wine choice was also great.

PH
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always excellent - always a pleasure to spend time here at any time of year

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