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The Waterwheel Restaurant

Bodmin Road | Trethowel, St Austell Pl25 5RR, England
+44 1726 67435
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Ranked #27 of 97 restaurants in St Austell
Price range: $12 - $29
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Waterwheel Inn was built in the late 1700s. It is steeped in the industrial history of Cornwall as it was once a tin smelting house and then involved in clay drying. It is set in a beautiful wooded valley next to St Austell's White River and just 10 minutes walk from the town. The restaurant has been recently refurbished and is elegant but informal with exposed granite walls, oak floor and a log fire for cold winter evenings. We serve unpretentious, plentiful, freshly prepared meals including a 2 and 3 course menu for £13.95/£15.95, main meals from £9.50 and an a la carte menu with fresh local fish and seafood specials, plus extra mature chargrilled steaks.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Waterwheel Inn was built in the late 1700s. It is steeped in the industrial history of Cornwall as it was once a tin smelting house and then involved in clay drying. It is set in a beautiful wooded valley next to St Austell's White River and just 10 minutes walk from the town. The restaurant has been recently refurbished and is elegant but informal with exposed granite walls, oak floor and a log fire for cold winter evenings. We serve unpretentious, plentiful, freshly prepared meals including a 2 and 3 course menu for £13.95/£15.95, main meals from £9.50 and an a la carte menu with fresh local fish and seafood specials, plus extra mature chargrilled steaks.
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england
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

went to this restuarant with friends while on holiday down here welcomed by attentive staff seated and then ordered we did have to wait a little but as everything is cooked to order that was no problem the meal was really nice so would not hesitate to come again when down this way

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Roche, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We returned to the Waterwheel after some years and were met by our hosts Penny and Geof. The meal was excellent with generous portions and the service 1st class. The restaurant was busy but the staff had time for conversation and banter. It was not until we were in the bar with other diners and residents that learnt our hosts... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We returned to the Waterwheel for another meal just before Christmas. Again the food was delicious, we went for the set price menu and had 3 courses which is very reasonably prices and well worth the money. The food was fresh and delicious and the portions generous. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, the service was great and the hosts... More

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

We came here in August for my brothers wedding reception. Everything was lovely. The menu that they chose was great and had a great selection to choose from. Very good food and very good wine. The service was excellent even though there were alot to cater for at the same time. Lovely place for a intimate reception. Everyone said how... More

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Nothing is too much trouble for the owners Francesca and Mark. Good menu with a balanced offering to suit most tastes, cooked to order.

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

We came here in August for my brothers wedding reception. Everything was lovely. The menu that they chose was great and had a great selection to choose from. Very good food and very good wine. The service was excellent even though there were alot to cater for at the same time. Lovely place for a intimate reception. Everyone said how... More

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Lanivet
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Said it all in the title really. We will definatly return. Scallops and steak were tender always a good indication the chef knows what they are doing. The biggest thing to remember is to leave room for pudding, I nearly passed but the raspberry and white choc cheesecake was superb

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We didn't quite know what to expect from the outside of this restaurant but were really pleased we tried it. It is very attractively decorated and has a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The owner is very welcoming and our meal was very enjoyable. Both the food and wine were reasonably priced.

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

A lovely restaurant offering a great choice of food including interesting vegetarian options. Very reasonably priced- a two or three course menu available- fantastic food and plenty of it. Four of us eating different things- and every meal was delicious.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Oh dear. As a devout foodie, I have to say the new owners of this restaurant clearly aren’t. All the investment has been put into the rather pretentious refurbishment and decor with little effort being bestowed on menu choice, food quality or execution. The atmosphere was non-existence. I’m not normally in favour of piped music but as the place was... More

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frithsoken, Owner at The Waterwheel Restaurant, responded to this review

An honest and reasonably priced eatery is exactly what we are, serving good quality, freshly prepared meals in a beautiful dining room. We do not sculpt vegetables or serve nibbles, sea salt can be provided if requested and a concert pianist recently played the baby grand. More

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