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“A Sad Decline”
Review of The Rising Sun

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The Rising Sun
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in St Mawes
Reviewed November 3, 2008

Having visited the Rising Sun for a number of years it is a shame to see it now. The previous reviews were accurate, the place was a gem, the food was great but a year ago it changed hands and the old chef left. The small cosy bar was closed in a bid to get more covers. A lot of nautical fixtures & fittings went with the previous owners and the basic rooms are hotel rates for what is essentially a pub. Our latest visit will be our last. The food was dire. Fish (obviously frozen) was uncooked in the middle, the other meals were dried out having been reheated in the microwave. The attitiude of the management was the worst thing. Refused to apologise and openly said that takings were up so they didn't care. The previous review was right - sack the chef. Avoid the Rising Sun till it changes hands again.

Stayed: October 2008
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Reviewed August 5, 2008

Pleasant room, though with kitchen smells. Housekeeping good, but poor front-of house with no regular reception or sense of management. Very poor food poorly served - very overcooked steak and soggy chips, fried bread instead of toast with scrambled egg, terrible greasy and tough bacon (microwaved?) inedible haddock.
Seems completely lacking in management, and the chef needs sacking.

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed July 26, 2008

I stayed in this property in June 08. The room I had was quite spacious, well appointed, and very comfortable.

Breakfast was excellent. Great variety for a B&B, and a well served cooked meal was on offer.

The location was second to none, right on the water, next to the biggest car park.

St Mawes is a truly beautiful spot and this property is good enough to serve as a base.

I would recommend it.

One problem: when I stayed there was an issue with the water board, and one morning hot water was not available until noon. It was soon restored, and management offered as a free lunch or dinner for 2 in compensation.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed November 13, 2007

If I had gone by some of the reviews on this page, I would have had my reservations about staying at this hotel. So I am even more happy to provide an "unbiased" opinion on this place after staying there this past weekend to celebrate a wedding of a close friend. In one word - absolutely delightful!!. Excellent location in the centre of town, a wonderful, friendly, very accommodating and hard-working staff, clean and spacious rooms and, to top it all, high quality and delicious food. Absolutely to die for! We arrived on a Friday night and ordered the fish 'n chips from the menu. I am not exaggerating if I told you that it was perhaps the best fish and chips I've eaten in my life. Not one of us left any scraps on our plates... My husband and I were given the Heligan room which was well laid out, fitted with a plasma TV as well as copious amounts of tea and coffee to make at your discretion, comfortable beds, and a seating area to relax. The website provides a pretty accurate depiction of what to expect, so you will have no surprises there. Facing the estuary, we could indeed see the "rising sun" from our bed in the morning as well as savour the breathtaking views. We were fortunate enough to be blessed with sunny and mild weather despite this being November. Breakfast is cooked and served a la carte (you have about 5 different options) along with a buffet of bread, juices and fresh food. We had a fantastic three-course dinner for the wedding reception menu, which again was of the same high quality as everything else you will get served there. Let's put it this way, Gordon Ramsay would find it very difficult to fault the chef as the food is prepared to a really high standard. To sum up, this place ticks all the right boxes as it not only provides real added value for your money, but also a fantastic base to explore and enjoy the Cornish lifestyle. I would highly recommend this place and will no doubt stay there again.

  • Stayed: November 2007
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Reviewed June 29, 2007

We stayed at the Rising Sun in June 2007. We had stayed there years ago and loved it. We found it delightful, our room was spacious, light and airy with two settees etc and a comfortable roomy bed. Breakfast was ex apart from having to make your own toast with a toaster that you couldn't leave or your toast burnt or was removed by someone else! The choice was superb and the fresh fruit good. The waitress was a joy, so cheerful, helpful and pleasant. We were however so disappointed to hear that the chef Mrs Lang had moved on and the bar meals def. could have been much better and certainly were not the ones on line that we read before deciding to stay at the Rising Sun. It was too late for us to eat in the restaurant not being as young as we were!
We had a small problem while we were there and it was handled with courtesy and good humour by the management even though it turned out that it had been entirely my own fault.
Everywhere seemed clean and the nice touch of the bowl of fruit , plates etc on the landing i really thought was ex.
We had a lovely relaxing few days with beautiful weather and we hope to return one day. We know Cornwall well and St Maws is a favourite spot, we recomend it and the Rising Sun too.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2006

OK, stop #3 on our south-west break.

After the Tresanton up the road, this was basically a dump. The room was 80s decor, tired curtains, carpets, lights, bed etc. The bathroom had CARPET down, and needless to say reeked.

OK, so the room was dire. But the food was great!

Having steadied ourselves for the worst, we had the best hotel food of our trip here - good starters (salmon trio / good quality sirloin strips) plus some tasty if unrecallable mains. Also had an excellent pint or two of bitter (HSD - ---), and the staff were v friendly.

Room sucked, everything else was great. Oh, we had to park in the public car park since other patrons had nabbed all the hotel parking before we got there, but was only £3 for a day and night.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with family
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3  Thank jabbasoft
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Reviewed September 2, 2006

This is not so much a hotel as a pub with rooms above.
Our room had a beautiful view but this is no reason for the hotelier to charge such high prices-not value for money.
The bathroom was cramped and dated with an electric shower which woke the dead (the next door one went off early in the morning sounding like a fire alarm). The bedroom was adequate but in need of refurbishment.
Downstairs the pub and restaurant were popular and deservedly so.
We spent 2 nights there and have yet to be acknowledged by the management. although ataff were pleasant.
We will not stay there again.

Stayed: August 2006
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Additional Information about The Rising Sun

Address: The Square, St Mawes TR2 5DJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Truro District > Roseland Peninsula > St Mawes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in St Mawes
Price Range: $138 - $232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Rising Sun 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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