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The St Enodoc Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rock
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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“Understated Quality”
Reviewed 18 July 2012

Spent 4 nights at the St. Enodoc. Super, spacious and comfortable room with an amazing view over the Camel estuary. Excellent and relaxed service, understated quality in the facilities and attention of the friendly and helpful staff. As you would expect the food at Nathan Outlaw restaurant and the Seafood & Grill was outstanding. Not a bargain break but this level of quality and service does not come cheap, looking forward to going back next year.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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west country
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2012

Didn't actually stay at the hotel, although it does look quite nice. We booked and then cancelled, before I had seen all the booking correspondence, so had not seen that they have a 21 day cancellation policy! This in my opinion is excessive most hotels only demand 24 hours. When booking, we were told that the restaurant was fully booked, very disappointing considering that was the reason for going. Surely hotel residents should have priority. May or may not try again in the future, but there are plenty of other Michelin restaurants around.

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, UK
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124 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2012

The St Enadoc has two good tricks and the ace of spades, when playing against rival hotels.

The location is glorious, overlooking the Camel Estuary, so that one wakes up to a fine view of sand, sea, boats and – if lucky – blue sky. Secondly, the food is outstanding. The resident chef, Mr. Nathan Outlaw, receives star billing in pretty much everything to do with the hotel. Whether this is an attempt to trump Rick Stein of Padstow (‘Padstein’ to a disgruntled local) across the bay, I cannot say. However, Outlaw and his team can cook. We ate at the Grill rather than the ‘posh’ restaurant, because your reviewer has never finished a ‘tasting menu’ without a deep consciousness of misplaced effort in the kitchen. Dinner was fish soup, sea bass and ray’s wing, all perfectly executed. The breakfasts were up to the same high standard. To get the morning scrambled egg cooked to ‘dinner’ level is quite something.

The ace, in my pack, is the pervading atmosphere of peace and calm. There was almost no noise, although the hotel was about three-quarters full, Calm does not manifest itself in hotels unless the staff are working well, and happy in their work. They are quiet, affable, professional and proactive.

The lounges, grill room and terrace all face out to the garden, a pleasure in itself. There is a sauna and a small outdoor swimming pool.

Our room was furnished with (cliché warning!) elegant simplicity. The bed was the most comfortable I’ve enjoyed for ages. One would have liked a blind that excluded more light and a bidet in the otherwise excellent bathroom.

If the rest of life had so little downside, how happy we would be. Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Northumberland
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2012

We decided to go here for lunch after looking on Tripadvisor and checking that they had an all day menu. Arriving about 2.30 assuming the lunch time rush would over we were met by a very disinterested lady at the desk who informed us they were too busy to serve us. After noticing our reaction she said she could go and ask the chef if he would make us a sandwich but couldn't be sure !! The place wasn't exactly jumping. Very disappointing. What a welcome !

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2012

Booked at the last minute we didnt know much about this hotel. As we came up the drive we were a little nervous as it looks quite old fashioned but the phrase dont judge a book by its cover certainly applies. This hotel is gorgeous feels 5 star from furnishing, grounds, food and the service is incredible. The heated pool was a welcome surprise and the short walk to Rock and its beach was a definate bonus. It felt 5 star but definately not 5 star prices so all in all a great place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Somerset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2012

Returning to St Enodoc we found the hotel as lovely as ever, friendly staff, beautifully clean room and super breakfast. The location speaks for itself - clear and unspoiled and just a short ferry ride from bustling Padstow. Shame that its getting more popular and some guests were a touch louder than we had previously noticed but thats not the hotel's fault:)

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We spent three nights at the St Enodoc, but wished we were staying much longer. Our room (superior double) had wonderful views over the estuary and hills. It was very large and lovely - one of the nicest rooms we've ever had (perhaps pipped by Baslow Hall, near Chatsworth). All the staff (including housekeeping and maintenance) were friendly, helpful and efficient, smiling and saying hello even when passing us in corridors. The area is gorgeous - plenty of walks along the coast, foot passenger ferry to Padstow, Camel Trail to walk. But we chose the St Enodoc hotel for one reason only: Nathan Outlaw. His name appears on two hotel restaurants. The Seafood & Grill restaurant has a simple menu: choice of four fish, changing with what is available, each cooked differently (e.g. roast, pan fried, grilled), or choice of four meats, plus your choice of 5 or 6 sauces, plus several dishes of vegetables to choose from. Dress is casual. Service is not. We really enjoyed the food. We booked one evening in the Nathan Outlaw restaurant at the time of booking the hotel. We were telephoned a week before our visit to ask about any allergies or food preferences we might have had (none!). As much as we liked the "other", the crowning event was Nathan's restaurant. Hard to describe how much we enjoyed the tasting menu (all fish). It was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was great, too, with wonderful service. The sommelier, Damon, was really helpful and friendly, as was his lovely wife Stephi, who managed the front of house part. The entire evening was wonderful, capped by being invited into the kitchen to meet Nathan and his team at the end. It was expensive, but as a special treat, we were happy to pay and can't wait to go back again.
I noticed an earlier reviewer was very unhappy about the breakfasts. We loved them - great choice and excellent ingredients made them very tasty.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The St Enodoc Hotel
Address: Rock PL27 6LA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Rock
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The St Enodoc Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A classic seaside hotel re-invented. That's the ethos behind St. Enodoc Hotel in Rock with its emphasis on comfort, design and great food. Positioned above the Camel estuary with sweeping views across the water, it is the perfect place to relax by the sea. Leave the car and walk the few minutes to surrounding sandy beaches and the foot-ferry to Padstow. With an endless supply of quality produce in the local area, former Masterchef winner James Nathan and his team will be focusing on fresh, healthy, modern European recipes. ... more   less 
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