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“Perfect spot for a sun downer”
Review of The Idle Rocks

The Idle Rocks
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Ranked #3 of 18 Restaurants in St Mawes
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$49 - US$86
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Idle Rocks has the most enviable location in St Mawes, overlooking the harbour with views across the River Fal to Falmouth. After a long day lazing on the beach, our south facing terrace is the perfect place to relax, have a long drink, and watch the world go by. You may even see your dinner being landed on the harbourside.The Idle Rock’s restaurant, run by our head chef, Guy Owen, is a celebration of Cornwall; showcasing a range of fabulous produce that has been sourced locally using only seasonal fresh ingredients. In many cases it will have been swimming right on our doorstep only a few hours earlier and while the food is of the very highest standard our setting is very relaxed.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely terrace to have a drink and soak up the stunning sea view. Service is great and prompt. As brief as the time we were there, it was simply perfect.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say, what a fantastic meal. 4 of us took the boat from Falmouth and booked lunch here. Lovely location, looking over the water. Starters were pork belly and teriyaki mackerel - beautifully presented and very tasty. Mains were catch of the day (bass) and roast herb chicken. 3 of us had the chicken and agreed it was one of the best chicken dishes we had had. Served with a giant Yorkshire, roast potatoes, plenty of veg, nice gravy and cauliflower cheese (stunning). Choice of wine was good too - Norte Sur Chardonnay from Spain - not expensive and a great match. Service was friendly and helpful. 2 courses for £27, 3 for £35 and well worth it. Thank you for a lovely afternoon Idle Rocks!!

Thank GrandJambon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Idle Rocks is magnificent in so many ways: a superb setting immediately overlooking the harbour and estuary across to Falmouth, subtle decor, tasteful artefacts and displays, and the ability to provide food to die for. We were booked in at 8.15pm on a stunning Saturday evening. Service started at 8.45, so not a great start. And, for £165 for two, one expects consistency and this was not delivered. So many waiters in existence for relatively few covers – we had 5 serve us over the evening – but after the main course they lost interest in us and our order and delays and a sense of "now we need to clear up and wind down" was apparent throughout. We were not able to leave until 10.45 and that is with us jollying them along. For starters we had a crab tortellini and smoked sea trout. Beautifully presented and off the Richter scale in terms of flavour, but such minuscule portions that one wonders if chef Guy Owen is on a bet with another Michelin chef about how little one can get away with with the punters! Main courses Silver Bream and local Hake. Again tiny portions but beautifully presented and stunning flavours. Then started the interminable waiting for service only to be presented with a very disappointing Lemon Parfait and an also disappointing Strawberry 'flan' dish. A basic rule was broken: the melting ice and strawberry topping soaked into the base and made it flabby and washed out. We wanted this to be great and it should and could have been. It could have been one of the best meals in our decades of fine dining ..... come on Guy! Consistency!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best hotel in St Mawes with the best views. Quality is everywhere in this hotel and the decor is outstanding. Staff are helpful and friendly. It’s nice to sit out on the terrace and have a cappuccino and watch the pleasure boats in and out of the small harbour. The food menu is not cheap or a massive selection but it is quality. Recommend

Thank pmorris99
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had been staying in St Mawes for a few days on our European holiday from Australia. Alighting from the Falmouth Ferry one afternoon we decided to go to The Idle Rocks for a pre dinner drink. I approached the bar but was ushered away and onto the outside deck where upon the European waiter attempted to sell my wife a 13 pound cocktail. His whole demeanour changed to disgust when we "merely" ordered a glass of wine and a beer. We waited for 15 minutes and were on the verge of walking out when the drinks arrived and I was asked for my name so "that an account can be opened". I said we would just be having the one drink but was told that is the system. On leaving, and approaching the bar to settle "our account", he saw us and ignored us, another member of staff finally taking our money. Great location, lovely building, arrogant staff. What they didn't know was that we were checking our the establishment as a possible dinner location. Needless to say, we dined elsewhere.

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Thank Len W
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