The Idle Rocks and St Mawes Hotel in the top 30 Best Places to Work in Hospitality 2018

Congratulations to our team who not only provide an award-winning service to our guests but, thanks to their continued dedication, The Idle Rocks and St Mawes Hotel have just been acknowledged as one of the top 30 Best Places to...

Laura’s Passionfruit Caipirinha cocktail recipe

  Ingredients: 30ml Passionfruit puree 30ml Abelha Cachaca 20ml Passionfruit Liqueur Limes White sugar Method: Muddle 6 lime wedges and 2 bar spoons of white sugar in a short glass with the passionfruit puree and the abelha cachaça.  Add crushed...

A Romantic Winter Getaway

We all know that summer in Cornwall is a perfect location for a holiday, well known for its beaches, sailing and wonderful food. The winter season here in south Cornwall offers the chance to feel the real romance of the...

Laura’s Valentine Cupid’s Kiss Cocktail

Looking to impress your special someone with a Valentine cocktail next week.  Bar Manager, Laura, has created this recipe, that's sure to evoke romance. Ingredients: 15ml Cariel Vanilla Vodka 15ml Lychee Liqueur Dash Grenadine Knightor Brut Raspberry Sugar Powder Method:...

Guy’s Chocolate Parfait

Although this dish may look a little complicated, it can be easily achieved and leave you looking pretty good in front of your guests, and lets be honest, who doesn't love a bit of chocolate. Lets start off with the...

St Just in Roseland Circular Walk

One of our most favourite walks from the hotel, and St Mawes is the circular walk to St Just in Roseland, which can be enjoyed through the seasons.  It is 3 and half miles and takes about 2-3 hours to...

Guy’s Best Christmas Turkey Recipe

Head Chef, Guy Owen shares his best Christmas Turkey recipe.... Personally for me, to get the best result from a roast turkey is to brine it for 48 hours, in a brine containing all of the flavours that we would...

St Anthony’s Head Coastal Walk

  We are so lucky to have the amazing South West Coast Path on our doorstep. One of our favourite walks is a circular walk from Place, taking in the beautiful St Anthony's Head and  lighthouse. During the peak season...


This February, the Idle Rock’s Head Chef Guy Owen takes inspiration from a commonly used, highly nutritious, but often underrated vegetable- the humble cabbage. Serves 4 Butter poached cabbage Ingredients: 1 January king cabbage 175g melted butter Sea salt Method:...

Mashua – A Pre-Incan Relic to Satisfy Your Taste Buds!

This month saw Head Chef, Guy Owen taking one of Heligan’s and indeed one of the worlds, lesser-known tuberous vegetables to London for an exclusive fine dining evening, at the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Headquarters in London. Mashua - Tropaeolum...

Mushroom Tortellini with Heligan Black Salsify (Scorzonera) Recipe

In the second of our collaborations with the Lost Garden of Heligan, we share our Junior Sous Chef, Lawrence Snowden’s special Mushroom Tortellini Recipe with Black Salsify (Scorzonera). Serves 4 Ingredients for Duxelle mix: 250g chestnut mushrooms 250g button mushrooms...

Scorzonera (Black Salsify) Should be better known and grown!

This winter sees The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Idle Rocks celebrate heritage produce in the most fitting way possible, by incorporating one of the world’s lesser-known vegetables within the hotel’s exclusive winter menu. Scorzonera is a root vegetable...

Medlar Jelly Recipe

In the first of our collaborations with the Lost Garden of Heligan, we share Head Chef, Guy Owen's Medlar Jelly Recipe.  Totally simple and totally delicious. Ingredients 750g Medlars (It is important to note that the medlars should be well...

The Forgotten Fruit: Medlar

As you may have read, we have teamed up with The Lost Gardens of Heligan, home to the Finest Productive Gardens in Britain, to celebrate Great Cornish food. This collaboration sees the best horticultural practises and heritage produce being showcased...

Storm in our Tea-Cups

  At 06.20am on Monday 3rd April, 2016, we had a nasty shock as the Atlantic crashed over the terrace, through our restaurant windows and doors and swept through the hotel. No-one was hurt, and although spirits were somewhat dampened,...

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