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Review of The Idle Rocks

The Idle Rocks
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Ranked #3 of 18 Restaurants in St Mawes
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $49 - $86
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Idle Rocks has the most enviable location in St Mawes, overlooking the harbour with views across the River Fal to Falmouth. After a long day lazing on the beach, our south facing terrace is the perfect place to relax, have a long drink, and watch the world go by. You may even see your dinner being landed on the harbourside.The Idle Rock’s restaurant, run by our head chef, Guy Owen, is a celebration of Cornwall; showcasing a range of fabulous produce that has been sourced locally using only seasonal fresh ingredients. In many cases it will have been swimming right on our doorstep only a few hours earlier and while the food is of the very highest standard our setting is very relaxed.
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Visited a couple of times. Excellent location, pleasant ambiance and good service. Noticed a distinct thawing in their manner when we asked for the wine list. Food of limited choice but excellently cooked and presented. Delicious lamb came with a green sauce and a brown jus - one day both were too sweet and had to be avoided, but on the next occasion neither were at all sweet. (Interesting that a request for "tap water" resulted in something that looked like a cross between fruit cocktail and a green salad - had to send it back to get plain old water!) Pity the "catch of the day" was mackerel each time. Some things were in generous portions (eg whitebait) whilst others (lamb or mackerel) were less than generous. Will we go back? Probably...

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We visited for coffee, which was ok, if expensive. It took ages to get the bill, which listed two teas. Failing to attract the waitress we queried it at the bar and were told they'd mixed up the tables (only four were occupied). It was then we spotted the waitress's absolutely filthy, stained apron. No duty manager so we chalked it up to experience.
On the next visit, service was again dreadful - slow and unprofessional - drinks menu arrived stained and worn. Once more we had to seek out someone in order to get the bill. And once more, no duty manager. I told Reception about the filthy apron and was assured it would be dealt with.
So many issues put down to teething problems - but no acknowledgement of that through "soft opening prices" and no changes evident. Such a shame. We really wanted to like it and have another local option for dinner, but we won't be returning, even for coffee.

5  Thank bestcornishcat
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We had been told this restaurant had been refurbished earlier in the year and thought we would give it a try with some local friends. The décor and ambience are excellent. The staff were very good and provided good service. The menu is fairly limited in choice but with some interesting items. The food presentation and flavour of our meals was generally excellent; the plates could have been warmer. We would have liked slightly larger portions for some of the items. The cost is high and although the food and service was excellent the cost was perhaps a tad too expensive, but all restaurants in St Mawes are very expensive.

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1  Thank DaiBell
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Nice cafe/bar/restaurant with a few rooms to hire. Fantastic viws across the bay.

Very smartly decorated throughout and staff very courteous and professional.

I stopped for a drink and a cream tea and had no complaints about anything really.

Only downside is the that the outside areas were heaving with wasps, this is due to them having lavender bushes out there which are wasp-magnets!

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1  Thank Andrew R
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Took my girlfriend here for valentines day (not on the exact day) and we were very impressed.
The service was outstanding. We felt like royals. Nothing was too much effort. The food was to die for. Ive been to very few place that compaire.
Stunning inside as well. A real must visit place.
Dont know what else to say. The pork was amazing.
Enjoy.

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1  Thank fezzypower
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