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The Ancient Mariner Bistro

Higher Market Street, Looe PL13 1BW, England
+44 1503 265825
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  • Excellent87%
  • Very good8%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Higher Market Street, Looe PL13 1BW, England
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Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Such a warm greeting by Melanie and Mark. We instantly felt welcome and the atmosphere seemed the same for everyone Great food. Lovely attention to detail. Your table is yours for the evening - no rush to eat in a certain time frame. Will definitely...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Christeys
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went here last night and the food is superb. They catered for all my dietary needs as I am gluten, dairy and also intolerant to other foods like onion. The scallops were fresh from the sea that day, the steak just...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Emma B
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Just eaten a fab meal here, travelled from west sussex for 4 days and decided this was a good place to try, we were not wrong, staff amazing especially Mel and the food was brilliant! will be back for sure, well worth a visit

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank maria16green
Reviewed 5 October 2018

The food, the service and the location were perfect. The hostess was so friendly and helpful. We weren't hurried and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Would definitely go again.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank sapphy63
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Booked before we arrived in Looe but very pleased with our choice.In fact we booked for the next day before we had a mouthful of food.The food was to die for,the service was excellent with both front staff very efficient and energetic.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank John R
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

This is a very smart looking restaurant, probably smartest in Looe. Lovely food and service was impeccable with front of house lady making it very clear they don’t like to rush folk. All in all very pleasant

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Graceygoo
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

A pleasant enough meal but food although good was nothing special. Had to have our third choice of wine from an extremely small wine list.(The suppliers fault,apparently?) Unfortunately, like much of our experience of Cornwall, overpriced for what you got.

Date of visit: September 2018
3  Thank Graham S
Reviewed 22 September 2018

We went to The Ancient Mariner based on a recommendation and were not disappointed. The food was very fresh and well prepared by Mark (the chef). The service was friendly but not overbearing and we were given plenty of time to rest between courses as...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank paulo-josie
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We visited this restaurant on the first night of our holiday, we could not have chosen a more perfect meal. The food was exceptional, the fish is certainly something that we would recommend. The service was also faultless and Mel and Mark, the owners, gave...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

After a long journey from Kent wanted somewhere nice to eat and we couldn’t have chosen better. Booked again for our last night. Food and service couldn’t have been better - loved it!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank McJayne
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Questions & Answers
8 October 2017|
Response from ancientmarinerslooe | Property representative |
Hi we can cater for you but what date are you looking for as we are away from 6th to 22nd of November Kind regards Mark
21 April 2017|
Response from ancientmarinerslooe | Property representative |
Hi Susie Unfortunately we are really small inside and don't have room for pushchairs/ prams Kind regards Mark
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Higher Market Street, Looe PL13 1BW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Looe
  • Phone Number: +44 1503 265825
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We are a family run Bistro located only 100 metres from the beach and have a great pride in the quality of our Local food, from the Freshest of Fish and shellfish direct from the Harbour on our doorstep, to the amazing meats supplied from farms nearby. We try to accommodate for every taste and are happy to adjust our dishes for you. We are able to cater for parties and special occasions for up-to 20 guests, including your Wedding Breakfasts, and Birthdays.
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