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“Strolling through Newquay looking”

The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #49 of 233 Restaurants in Newquay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $19
Cuisines: British, Grill, Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: We purchase food locally and cook fresh in our kitchens each day. We have a popular Sunday Roast each Sunday, as it is freshly cooked roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, green vegetables and melt in the mouth meat, plus vegetarian and vegan options, it's usually very busy. We also offer a takeaway Sunday roast, call and collect. Friday night is Burger Night where we serve the Dolphin Gourmet Burgers, that too has become extremely popular, the menus are on our website and we offer online booking. The restaurant itself is a 75 seater restaurant with a nice friendly bar and lots of sofas dotted around the bar. It's been under new ownership since November 2016 and has been receiving rave reviews and sometimes sold out on Sundays with over 160 meals served. The Dolphin is the oldest trading restaurant in the beautiful Cornish town of Newquay and is a traditional yet vibrant venue, with friendly staff and a strong focus on sustainable and ethical practice. All produce is fresh and is locally and responsibly sourced, allowing for an exciting and dynamic food menu that appeals to people of all tastes. The lounge bar provides a relaxing area to enjoy well maintained draught lagers, ales and ciders, a carefully chosen range of wines and spirits. Serving from our Main Menu items such as Tapas, Seafood and Grill as well as our hugely popular Sunday Roasts, where we offer a takeaway roast on Sunday (from 26 November 2016) to meet the overbooked demand. The Dolphin is situated near to the Harbour in the centre of the town, just a minute from the beach and is surrounded by absolutely gorgeous beaches famous for their golden sands and world-class surf conditions on the North Cornwall coast. Adjacent to the restaurant is a pay and display car park whilst street parking is also available within a few minutes walk. Sainsburys also operate a time limited (1.5 hours at the time of writing) car parking facility, it is an automated time register driving in and driving out so allow a few extra minutes to get back to your car and exit their car park.
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Strolling through Newquay looking”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Wow top class food, much like other reviews stumbled upon this beauty. Really friendly staff and fish dishes to die for look out Rick Stein, this place is about to put Newquay on the map. Lovely cocktails too.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank paul g
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Rebecca H, Owner at The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Thank you so much for your review, we really do appreciate feedback. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and your dishes and hope you will return if you're ever in the neighbourhood. Bex
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“A great place”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Spent quite a bit of time here while staying in Newquay. It's a lovely place - through a doorway and up a little staircase off Fore Street - when you get to the top the bar is right in front of you - it really makes an impression - the bar area is a collection of comfy squashy sofas and coffee tables - there's a little snug area with a pile of books - once you sit down you could sit there for hours! The staff are chatty and friendly. I had two meals there - both really great - steak that tasted like REAL steak - seriously you can believe it's local - it tasted like it had just come off an animal somewhere nearby! - beautifully presented - and the second night scallops wrapped in bacon with honey - they were massive! It was easily the best plate of scallops I've ever had - really sweet and tender. The menu was really appetizing and it was hard to choose what to have - makes me want to go back again soon for more of it! It's quite a big restaurant but feels cosy as most of the seating's arranged in booths - but saying that there was a big table down the middle full of about 10 people celebrating something one night. The food portions are really generous - and when my friend couldn't eat all her lamb shank they just popped it in a box for her to take home! A lot of places wouldn't do that. The new owners Dan and Bex only opened the place a month ago - but it feels really established and they're obviously well-known and well-liked local people who clearly love their business and their customers. Good luck to them! It's nice when you go somewhere and feel genuinely 'hosted' by the owners - makes you want to go back!

  • Visited June 2013
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Rebecca H, Owner at The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words, it really is lovely to read that you enjoyed yourself at our place. Thank you for your feedback, we look forward to feeding you again! :) Bex
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“Fantastic hidden gem”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Found this place by accident. So glad we did. The atmosphere is amazing you feel more like old friends than brand new customers. Had a selection of the beers all of which are lovely and very reasonably priced. Haven't tried the food yet, but looked and smelled beautiful. Very much looking forward to trying when we come back next month. The bar staff are brilliant had a great chat with them do friendly and welcoming. Only been under new management 4 weeks but you would never guess. Dan and Bex are doing a fantastic job. Cannot wait to return. You'll be definitely seeing us again. Cheers guys.

  • Visited June 2013
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Rebecca H, Owner at The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it. It was entirely our pleasure. We are glad you enjoyed yourself and can't wait to see you again soon. Bex
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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“Great potential”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Under new management. Dan and Bex have done a sterling job so far and I wish them every success in the future. Good food in a great atmosphere. I will make it my 1st stop next time I'm in Newquay.

  • Visited June 2013
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Rebecca H, Owner at The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thank you for your review, it is greatly appreciated. And thank you for your kind words please drop by when you're next in town! :) Bex
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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“Birthday present”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Just went for a meal at The Dolphin to celebrate my friend's bday and we werent sure about it as the management has changed and looked different than last year but, as we arrived the very friendly staff welcome us and had a nice and "like" private table. The food was really tasty. Cant wait to go again when it will be at full service as they just opened 3 weeks ago and not all the equipment were available. Over all, very nice experience.

  • Visited June 2013
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Rebecca H, Owner at The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Hi there!
So glad you all had a nice time! Our new menu has now launched. It was great meeting you all, hope to see you again in the future :)
Bex
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