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The Idle Rocks

4.5
4.5
194 Reviews
£41 and over
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 Dorian Janmaat 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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  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    English, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 08:00–10:30
    Daily 12:00–14:30
    Mon–Sat 19:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01326 270270

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Dorian Janmaat

  • Area

    Falmouth

  • Parking Details

    There is a public car park 100 yards from the hotel.

  • 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, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

From the Table

  • Juices

    freshly pressed from our juice bar

    • Idle Mary

      tomato juice and all the trimmings

      • Cheeses, Charcuterie and Sourdour

        artisan breads

        • Freshly Baked Pastries

          Croissant – pain au raisin – pain au chocolat

          • Selection of Artisan Breads

            • Fresh & Poached Fruits

              • Cereals – Granola – Nuts – Seeds

                • West Country Natural Yoghurt

                  • Preserves

                    jam – marmalade – spreads

                    From the Kitchen

                    • Full Cornish Breakfast

                      with your choice of egg – poached – fried – scrambled

                      • Eggs Florentine, Benedict or Royale

                        Poached with Spinach, Ham or Smoked Salmon on English Muffins

                        • English Pancakes

                          lemon and sugar

                          • Oat Porridge

                            clotted cream

                            • Chia Seed Porridge

                              coconut

                              • Grilled Cornish Kipper

                                • Freshly Cut Fruit Salad

                                  For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at 00 1 866 237-4564.

                                  What 194 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  4.5
                                  4.5 based on all time ratings
                                  • 4.6Food
                                  • 4.4Service
                                  • 4.6Ambience
                                  • 4.0Value

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                                  1. HC

                                    HelenC

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 9 August 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing food, service and beautiful food. Such friendly service and so well looked after, would definitely return

                                  2. GM

                                    GregorM

                                    Hertfordshire

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 7 August 2020

                                    overall4food5service3ambience5

                                    As ever, the food and setting of The Idle Rocks was as great as ever - this is now the sixth time we have eaten there. The service was not as great as ever and maybe that is due to the current challenges we are all experiencing. Our booking had been lost, there were no steak knives (three out of four of our party had steak), our drinks were spilt when being served and there was no bread. The main waiter was great and all the other staff were very good, but a lot of new faces and maybe still training. Table, drinks and food were great though and does not put us off going again, just not quite as polished as visits before - very high standard they've set. Would 100% still recommend as somewhere to eat and drink.

                                  3. d

                                    davidh

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 1 August 2020

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Superb food and wine at a reasonable price, we would definitely go again when in the area

                                  4. AM

                                    AnthonyM

                                    West Sussex

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 1 August 2020

                                    overall4food3service4ambience4

                                    Idyllic location with excellent service. We felt the menu was slightly limited, but the food was delicious. 10 out of 10 for decor!

                                  5. RD

                                    RussD

                                    Buckinghamshire

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 15 March 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    An outstanding venue for Sunday lunch. Great food, professional and friendly service and superb ambience. Always a good experience.

                                  6. KB

                                    KateB

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 27 February 2020

                                    overall3food4service3ambience2

                                    It was a very quiet evening ,although things did get a bit busier later on. The person on reception was lovely - welcoming, friendly and efficient. Wasn’t so sure about the gentleman who took our drinks order who maybe seemed a little offhand ... We were then served our drinks and meal by someone else who was, if anything, a little too solicitous! We were told that “the chef is ready for you now” and were moved to our table (with our drinks), only to have quite a wait in a very empty dining room before even the amuse-bouche was served. This was a shame as the lounge area had been cosy and comfortable! The smell of lilies near our table was rather overpowering but I really should have mentioned this at the time. All in all, I would return, but would also consider other places as well.

                                  7. RC

                                    RichardC

                                    London

                                    13 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    13 reviews

                                    Dined on 24 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Top quality food and great service in an excellent location at good value for money.

                                  8. m

                                    michealjroberts

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 14 February 2020

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    First class in every aspect of the word, I can not emphasise how great our experience was. The food was perfection. The attention to detail on the service was appreciated, serving ladies first. We’re young, but certainly appreciated the traditional approach to service. 5* and would recommend, and will be back in the summer.

                                  9. JC

                                    JennyC

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 14 February 2020

                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                    The Idle Rocks hotel and restaurant has just re opened with new chef Dorian Janmaat after a major refurb. We were there for dinner with friends just two days after they re opened and were VERY impressed with everything despite not running a full team in kitchen or out front yet. Really looking forward to coming back, Dorian if you produce delicious food like that when you don’t have a full team we are in for a real treat when you do!

                                  10. TW

                                    TimW

                                    Dorset

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 29 November 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Fabulous! What more is there to say? As I find I must write more than 50 characters I would add:- The food is fantastic, the atmosphere lovely and welcoming, and the service from start to finish absolutely first class. It is the best restaurant in St Mawes by a mile.

                                  11. BW

                                    BenW

                                    Newcastle

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 21 November 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing food and service again. This was our 4th or 5th visit and each time it gets better.

                                  12. MW

                                    MW10

                                    Gloucestershire

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on 16 November 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent service accompanied by outstanding food. The kitchen was very accommodating to my dietary requirements and the staff were very helpful in explaining the menu. We will definitely be returning!

                                  13. LW

                                    LisaW

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 30 October 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Perfect as always. Lovely setting, attentive staff and delicious food. Must give mention to the bread which was divine!

                                  14. NS

                                    NeilS

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 30 October 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Fabulous service, fabulous food, fantastic atmosphere, I would highly recommend Idle Rocks.

                                  15. MD

                                    MandD

                                    London

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 20 October 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This was a lovely lunch. Good food, excellent service in lovely surroundings. The food was good value, the wine rather overpriced.

                                  16. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    London

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on 20 October 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent service .

                                  17. B

                                    Benital

                                    Devon

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 11 October 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Booked for wife's birthday treat and it was quite a dining experience from the start. Food outstanding in a wonderful environment. Would say we were looked after by a great team from start to finish. Fine dining at it's best. Thank you. We will ensure we will return.

                                  18. AB

                                    AndrewB

                                    Devon

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 22 September 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great food, great ambiance, great location, great people

                                  19. RC

                                    RichardC

                                    Devon

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 18 September 2019

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    Great food, great service and a wonderful environment.

                                  20. m

                                    markw

                                    Hampshire

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 11 September 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    A great place that puts the word special in special occasion

                                  21. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 11 September 2019

                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                    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

                                  22. TR

                                    TomR

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 5 September 2019

                                    overall3food4service2ambience2

                                    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.

                                  23. HM

                                    HulmeM

                                    London

                                    8 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on 1 September 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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

                                  24. VM

                                    VMcM

                                    Devon

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 27 August 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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!

                                  25. L

                                    Lulu

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    2.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 11 August 2019

                                    overall2food2service1ambience3

                                    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.

                                  26. VS

                                    ValS

                                    London

                                    4 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on 10 August 2019

                                    overall3food4service5ambience4

                                    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.

                                  27. A

                                    Ali28

                                    Kent

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on 9 August 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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

                                  28. AC

                                    AlysonC

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 30 July 2019

                                    overall1food4service1ambience1

                                    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.

                                  29. JA

                                    JamesA

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 23 July 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  30. KT

                                    KateT

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 21 July 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  31. A

                                    Andreas

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 20 July 2019

                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

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

                                  32. j

                                    jacks

                                    London

                                    3 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on 20 July 2019

                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                    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.

                                  33. IP

                                    IanP

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    2.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 17 July 2019

                                    overall2food2service3ambience5

                                    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.

                                  34. A

                                    Andrew

                                    Devon

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 14 July 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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 🇧🇧

                                  35. T

                                    Tessa

                                    London

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 13 July 2019

                                    overall3food4service1ambience3

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

                                  36. BD

                                    BillDove

                                    Devon

                                    5 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on 10 July 2019

                                    overall3food4service1ambience3

                                    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.

                                  37. O

                                    Olive

                                    London

                                    3 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on 5 July 2019

                                    overall3food5service2ambience2

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

                                  38. PA

                                    PeterA

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 1 July 2019

                                    overall3food4service2ambience5

                                    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.

                                  39. ML

                                    MargaretL

                                    Devon

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 28 June 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                  40. LF

                                    LesleyF

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 27 June 2019

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    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!!

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                                  • Area

                                    Falmouth

                                  • Hours of Operation

                                    Daily 08:00–10:30
                                    Daily 12:00–14:30
                                    Mon–Sat 19:00–21:00

                                  • Cuisines

                                    English, Seafood

                                  • Dining style

                                    Fine Dining

                                  • Dress Code

                                    Smart Casual

                                  • Parking Details

                                    There is a public car park 100 yards from the hotel.

                                  • 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).

                                  • Payment Options

                                    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive Chef

                                    Dorian Janmaat

                                  • Additional

                                    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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