Food and drink
In the morning, the light-flooded dining room has tables facing the waves. Baskets filled with freshly baked pastries and a bowl of homemade granola and yogurt are ready and waiting for you. A cooked breakfast is also available, with choices including Egg Benedict, mashed avocado and sourdough poached eggs, grilled Cornish herring, and Scottish smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. Enjoy lunch on the south-facing terrace – order twice-cooked Cornish crab and Gouda soufflé; wild sea bass with citrus fruits with blood orange and Exmoor caviar; and local lamb with asparagus, parmesan and anchovy gnocchi. In the afternoon, soak up the views of the harbor and the Percuil River over a cocktail – try one of the versions of The Idle Rocks on a classic G&T, a St Mawes gin with Cornish samphire and lemon with Creamy Cinnamon Strawberry Wrecking Coast Clotted Gin.
In the evening, reserve a table at The Idle Rocks or stay at the sister hotel St Mawes for a change of scenery. Shelves of mismatched jars, model ships, seashells, sculptures and stacks of books create an endearing eclectic style inside, but set up a table on the balcony to watch the rose-tinted sunset over the harbor . Start with a tangy chilli-cilantro sea bass ceviche or lamb chops with polenta and pea salsa before trying a hand-cut squid ink linguine main course with datterini tomatoes, clams and pangrattato or perfectly pink flank steak slices with grilled onions and smoked cascabel beans.
As wild and wonderful as Cornwall is during the colder months, The Idle Rocks really makes sense in the summer. Steps from the hotel lead to waves fringed with white horses for a refreshing morning swim, with rewards in the form of cinnamon buns and steaming cups of coffee at the nearby Da Bara bakery. Naturally, coastal walks are the best way to explore the Cornish landscape, especially across Roseland. Take the ferry to Place Creek to stumble upon vine-covered churches, cliffs tumbling down to secluded beaches with no noise except the sound of waves and the distant echoes of a lighthouse horn. Walk across the peninsula to The Hidden Hut to enjoy pots of spicy lentil dal, creamy tomato soup, or veggie chili with stunning beach views. For a lively meal, take the ferry to Falmouth for dinner at Restaurant Mine, one of our favorite restaurants in Cornwall. Choose between a lively open kitchen atmosphere inside or dining in the courtyard outside, where the city’s young crowds gather for cocktails and dancing at the Chintz Symposium.