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The Idle Rocks

Harbourside, St Mawes, Cornwall, TR2 5AN
Trencherman's Award Winner
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The Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall

Idyllic retreat in St Mawes

The Idle Rocks’ stunning waterfront location is the perfect setting from which to enjoy exceptional food and exemplary hospitality.

In 2020, owners David and Karen Richards appointed Dorian Janmaat as executive head chef at the hotel, marking his return to his home county.

The experienced chef combines classic French culinary techniques with Asian influence from his travels to create exceptional dishes that celebrate local ingredients such as Primrose Herd pork belly.

Community is at the heart of The Idle Rocks, which the restaurant reflects by championing Cornish produce. The food is local and fresh, with daily deliveries procured from nearby MSC-certified fishermen.

The innovative menus cater for all dietary requirements, and signature dishes include the likes of crab soufflé with peas and broad beans, and miso-glazed aubergine with bulgur wheat salad. Desserts are simple and elegant – think Cornish strawberries and tonka bean brûlée.

Be sure to start any visit with a cocktail on the restaurant’s terrace and soak up the tranquil views across the harbour. If you find it’s just too relaxing to want to head home afterwards, take advantage of the hotel’s portfolio of 18 bedrooms – each individually designed by Karen to fuse traditional coastal culture with contemporary design. New to the hotel in 2021 is The Reef Knot Retreat – the perfect escape where guests can reset mind, body and spirit via a range of therapeutic treatments.

Trencherman’s tip: request a Sea View Room with window-side tub so you can soak while sipping a cool drink and watching the goings on in the bay.

Winner of Best Trencherman’s Hotel 2021 – sponsored by Trencherman’s Guide

Sample menu

Starter: Charred mackerel glazed with dashi, radish, avocado

Main: Cornish rump of lamb, ragout stuffed tomato, goats’ cheese, herb bulgur wheat, rosemary jus

Dessert: Coconut cheesecake, white chocolate ganache, lemongrass ice cream

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Chef(s): Dorian Janmaat
course lunch from: £38
3 course dinner from: £75
Seats: 50
Bedrooms:  18
Room rate from: £310
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