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The Waterwheel Restaurant

Bodmin Road | Trethowel, St Austell Pl25 5RR, England
+44 1726 67435
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Ranked #17 of 103 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.
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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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English first
Oxford
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I remember this Restaurant from many years ago when it was Trethowel House in its heyday having a good name and meals then being sold on to numerous new owners when it was a disaster. We came here tonight to go down memory lane and what a pleasant surprise it was. The owner / barmaid / waitress ( sorry forgot... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

There was plenty of choice at reasonable prices and the restaurant is modern and comfortable. There is a lovely outside space and small lounge where you can enjoy a pre or post dinner drink

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Birmingham
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

we stayed at the waterwheel and ate there 4 nights out of 5. Good food and price, very attentive staff

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This meal wouldnt have been out of place in a London restaurant. Lovely lounge to have a pre dinner drink.

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Essex
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

The waterwheel was only a short walk from where we were staying but we didn't eat here until our last night, which was a shame as we would like to have returned. We had a warm welcome from both the resident dog and the owners. We were invited to take a look around the gardens which are currently being renovated.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

A really excellent restaurant, serving good, local sourced food, in a beautifully situated and restored 17th century watermill. We were so impressed, we ate there every night of our visit to St Austell.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Found The Waterwheel Inn on the net after English food and found photos of the food on offered . Decided to have the 2 course set menu found on their website, no problem booking, arrived as they opened at 18.30 very well received by Rachel behind the bar , Rachel said please find yourself a table and there were a... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Varied menu with good wholesome food, presented beautifully and reasonably priced. We ate there twice as we enjoyed it so much.

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england
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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