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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: Breakfast, After-hours, 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 21 August 2014

On visiting St Mawes I decided with my friend to pop for coffee. We looked over and said lets be ladies for the day. Even though we were dressed for a walking trip. On entering we were greeted really well. We asked if we could stay for coffee and no problem at all. The waiter came over and said make yourselves comfortable!!!!! Which of course we did. We were given the lunch menus and decided to opt for lunch not just coffee.
The menu was sooooo tempting. We opted for the fixed menu of 3 courses for £25.
We were shown to our table. The service and food we received were absolutely amazing. From starters to main, we were bowled over; portions and first impressions were well worth it, the taste was so fantastic. We decided to eat our dessert on the outside decking. We asked the waitress if we could move, its certainly was no problem at all. She said you just make your way Ill bring everything else for you. We sat outside with wine and dessert and then had a lovely coffee.
The weather was lovely. Everything you could wish for. In fact we both would have paid more for what we received. On leaving we asked if there was a room we could see as we would both like to bring our partners for the evening AGAIN we were amazed brilliant room and fantastic view. We couldn't afford to stay here but believe me we will definitely be coming back for the meal!!!!!!!!!

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

we stayed at the hotel for 4 nights during a rather cold and rainy part of August. But the weather did not stop us getting a wonderful break.

The hotel was very relaxed but the service was precise. When we asked for the duvet to be changed in favour of blankets it was done. When we left the room for meals the room was serviced upon our return both in the morning and evening. The staff were very friendly but also very precise in the execution of our reuqests. It is hard to be relaxed and unstuffy as well as very precise in service yet this is what the front-desk and resturant staff achieved.

We had a room at the front of the hotel overlooking the harbour and regard it as very much worth the money as we had one wall that was an ever changing scene of tides and harbour life. Not all rooms at the hotel have as good views.

The room was a little on the small side although very pretty and well furnished (it had the same Nespresso machine we use at home).

It is expensive for sure. But our room had one of the best views going and the restaurant serves very accomplished cooking. Our teenage children felt that the desserts were too "deconstucted" for their liking and so the blueberry meringue tart dessert should actually look like a tart - but maybe that is just a couple of foodie children talking! Other than that, we had high quality London-standard meals there - albeit paying London-style prices as well.

If you are not too bothered about the bill but want to relax in a very beatiful spot in a lovely village then this hotel fits the bill.

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We called in on the off chance of getting a table and were not disappointed. After being made to feel welcome we were shown to an outside area overlooking the harbour for a pre-dinner drink. Lovely views and the restaurant was visually stunning as well. Both my wife and myself opted for going straight into mains and there were a wide variety of options on the menu. I opted for the fire barbecued fish whilst my wife went for rib eye steak, both served with chips.
They both tasted amazing and my wife said it was the best steak she had ever had.
So often the desserts can let a restaurant down, not here! I had a chocolate and cherry pudding with cherry sorbet whilst my wife had a deconstructed lemon meringue pie. Wow, some of the nicest desserts we have had the pleasure of tasting.
I would definitely recommend eating at this great restaurant. However, unlike us I would book in advance to save the possible disappointment of not getting a table.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

I had been relishing the chance of returning to the Idle Rocks since it reopened after a major refurbishment, and had heard mixed reviews of superb food but "hit and miss" service, and was therefore intrigued to see what we would find. The initial signs were OK (despite being ignored by the front of house staff inside the main entrance, who barely looked up) and we were shown onto a terrace table, and given dinner menus (two between three, strangely) and a drinks order was taken. However, for the next 20 minutes, well after our drinks had finished, we were ignored and it was a real chore to actually order the food; all of us ordered the special. When challenged, a succession of pleasant, but not exactly clued-up, waitresses came by to make excuses, and when the sommelier was requested, a haughty and obviously bored waiter came and made patronising comments about the ability of the party to pay for the wine before recommending a bog standard claret.

Finally, we were showed to our table, but when we arrived there, it was laid for the wrong number of people, and we stood around while they relaid the table. As the wine arrived, the waiter mentioned that actually there was only one of the special dishes remaining (15 minutes after all three of us had ordered) so we would have to re-choose - why on Earth didn't they ask the kitchen before, or why didn't the waiter tell us the moment the order was submitted? We rapidly re-ordered, but as they poured the wine, and left the unused wine glasses on the table (we had to ask them to be removed) it became clear that the reputation of the place (good food, dodgy service) was true. To their credit, the manager came over, made copious apologies for the mistakes made thus far (which went a long way towards ameliorating the issues) and offered the round of drinks to be removed from the bill; however, this dealt with the symptom not the cause. On the other hand, the food was simply fantastic - if somewhat light on portion size relative to cost - and the universal opinion was that the chef was at the top of his game. Whether it was crab, steak, or fish, the dishes were succulent. perfectly cooked, and beautifully presented, and there is clearly real skill in the Idle Rocks kitchen. This is the tragedy of the place.

The final straw for the experience of the Idle Rocks was the cheese board - presented as a selection of 5 local cheeses, it was unceremoniously plonked on the table and the waitress walked away. When recalled to explain what the cheeses were, they were described as a "Cornish Brie, erm ... goat cheese, hard cheese and white cheese" (note 4 only of the 5). When asked for more details. we were met with blank looks and confusion - "it's all cheese - whatever the kitchen sent out, isn't it?".

I really pity the chefs, who are clearly very talented, as they are let down by the waiting staff. I was very impressed with the manager, who clearly knows what should have been the standard applied (especially given the prices), but if the Idle Rocks desires a reputation for Tresanton-level quality at London prices, then he (and his boss) need to impose some urgent training for the junior waiting staff, and lessons in courtesy and customer relations for his senior staff. 5* food, 1.5* service.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

One of the nicest lunches that I had on holiday - roasted vegetables with goats cheese - simple, yet delicious.

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