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Seafood, British, Healthy
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After visiting the restaurant in Newlyn I would like to make this point that I thoroughly enjoyed the monkfish. I had no problem at all with the environment and the staff were lovely. I do feel that the social gratuity was swiftly balanced with an...extortionate service charge which wasn’t explained. I understand the staff are working under very difficult conditions. I also understand that it is important to give great customer service which they gave. No one wants to feel hustled, but after seeing the next family arrive, it is a beautifully rehearsed front of house. The Fawlty Towers reference is genuine in that it was comical the way that the complaint was reversed upon us, ‘yes it is quite an unusual taste’. The tomato ketchup however was definitely more vinegar than anything else. 7/10 TedMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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James Maclean, Owner at Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello I will post the same response to you and your partner who have both posted about the same experience with the ketchup. This is a free condiment that is offered to accompany the chips. I apologise that it was not to your liking but...More

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited for lunch. Half way along our cycle. Always somewhere that I fancied trying. I had the mackerel which was lovely with a side salad. The food is tapas style. My son had the crab sandwich, he said he enjoyed it. My other half...had the monkfish burger, he felt it could have been better snd felt the bread was rubbery. Busy , small cafe. I liked it. But my other half asked for tomato ketchup. We assumed it would be home made. It wasn’t, which wouldn’t have been a problem. It was to go with my son’s chips. But my other half thought it tasted very strange. It made us laugh when the waitress said, it should be ok we only opened the bottle yesterday, it made us think of faulty towers. The service charge added automatically to the bill wasn’t brill either. I know many restaurants do this. But I prefer either to be told this to make you aware or have it as an option when you pay. Also an extra £1 for the fisherman’s mission, which I thought was a nice touch. But I think customers should be alternated to this. The staff were friendly.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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James Maclean, Owner at Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello I will post the same response to you and your partner who have both posted about the same experience with the ketchup. This is a free condiment that is offered to accompany the chips. I apologise that it was not to your liking but...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s got a nice vibe, staff are really nice And the venues are pretty cool. Loved the Mackerel. But the nachos needed to be a bit more loaded . In this time of economic pressures why not adapt and use brown crab and give it...more ‘character’ Obviously the fish ( from the specials) is lovely and it’s difficult to guild a lily but could it be more interesting? I’m sure in the summer with more scope to use table outside the experience would be better. I get the confines of the place but unless you are group who can occupy a large table you may feel rushed and it’s not for those on a budget I’m a bit intimidate ,looking at other less favourable reviews how the proprietor responds but my honest feeling is I love food , I really enjoy great service but I also want to be uplifted and this wasn’t it. The cost outweigh the benefitsMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was taken here by an old friend of mine who recommended it for a casual no fuss ladies lunch and all I can say it was perfect. The food, rose wine atmosphere and service was fantastic. I really enjoyed to experience and enjoy the...real life in Newlyn and made my visit from Sydney, Australia well worth it.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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James Maclean, Owner at Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Sue, Thank you for your review, we lived in Sydney for a while when we were young and not as decrepit as we are now. We worked in a little seafood restaurant on Circular Quay called ‘The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar’ we loved it...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you like queuing , sharing cramped tables, a very limited wine list, a very hurried experience with ok food, decent service and a Basil Fawlty tribute act you will love this place If, like me, you don’t You won’tMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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James Maclean, Owner at Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Andrew S Slightly disingenuous that either yourself or perhaps partner (Partoow) have been double reviewing local businesses. Please see above. Smacks of being a, slightly, too interested party…. Or perhaps, you both really want that ‘local guide’ badge off Trip Advisor. I’m sorry our...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Phenomenal seafood dishes that will live long in the memory! Possibly the best meal I have ever eaten! Will definitely be back!

Date of visit: April 2024
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James Maclean, Owner at Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and experience with us All the best Nina & Jamie

Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely amazing, best food ever. Came with Barents and we alll loved. Food was incredible and staff were lovely. Will be recommending to everyone

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food, and brilliant service. We ate weaver fish, crab nachos and scallops. The waiting staff were so helpful and friendly. A really special meal. Thank you 🙏

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There was amazing food and an even better atmosphere. There was great calm music and an amazing wait time. There were amazing pictures. The staff were so kind so you could talk to them and they would happily reply and continue the conversation. If you...go there I hope you enjoy itMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little restaurant with delicious food! We shared different plates and everything was incredible! The location is very nice too!

Date of visit: March 2024
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James Maclean, Owner at Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your feedback, we are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Kindest regards, James MacLean

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You have to queue as they don’t take bookings and you have to share tables as it’s very small So is it worth it ? The staff are lovely and the servce is great The seafood is fresh and very well cooked But A few...dishes (from the tapas menu) and a bottle of wine is £100 for two and it’s over very quickly as everything comes together The wine list is two whites and two reds and like many Cornish restaurants they seem to have an obsession with Sauvignon Blanc - the wine for people who hate wine Whilst the food is exquisitely cooked it’s really dull and so for me the whole thing doesn’t workMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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James Maclean, Owner at Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Dawkinsrocks, Dear reader, let me start by introducing myself…. I’m a hardworking, degree educated (red brick, Russel group) entrepreneur with 20 years plus in the hospitality industry. You may wonder why I need to explain this? Well I’ve read Dawkinsrocks extensive biopic on his...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was recommended this place by a friend several months ago so was looking forward to coming here on my next trip to Cornwall. Located in a lovely back street next to a stream just behind the promenade in Newlyn. Small restaurant but perfectly formed. It...was full on arrival, but staff were very welcoming and found us a space. Menu was short but very good choices. We tried the mackerel, white fish, potatoes, chips and wine/beer. Was absolutely blown away. My tummy sang with happiness all the way back to the hotel. Would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic simple food. Fresh. Well cooked. Good price. Varied specials. Friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit if you are I. The area.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fresh, good ingredients, well cooked. Friendly service: this is a must visit if you are in Cornwall. Afterwards wlk down the road to buy some fish at the market and try a bit of DIY when you get home. One of the cheeriest restaurants I...have ever been to.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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James Maclean, Owner at Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It was a pleasure to meet you. I’m so glad that you enjoyed Mackerel Sky. Kindest regards, Jamie and Nina

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in Newlyn or visiting this is an absolute must. Supported by locals. Good for people watching. Bright and cheerful. Don't expect white tablecloths and obsequious waiters. An unpretentious and cosy seafood tapas restaurant serving delicious food by a delightful crew. Welcomed by proactive...Ruth. An excellent Aotearoa New Zealand sav. Doggy friendly. No booking. Just turn up. Open kitchen for your entertainment. Outside seating with heating. 🇬🇧🇳🇿More

Date of visit: March 2024
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I would have thought so. The owners seem very accommodating
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They seat everyone in turn. A minibus of people arrived while I was there and they were sat as tables became available in 2s, 3s and 4s. Hope that helps
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Yes we do have an outside area and we welcome well behaved dogs.
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Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5