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The Chapel Restaurant at The Bodmin Jail Hotel, Bodmin, Cornwall

The Chapel Restaurant at The Bodmin Jail Hotel

4.6
4.6
70 Reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary British
Located in the jail’s Old Chapel, The Chapel combines gothic elegance with a unique sense of history to bring you an exquisite dining experience.

Delve into our seasonal à la carte or table d’hôte menus that have been carefully curated by our talented Head Chef and inspired by local ingredients, fresh flavours and classical cuisine.

We also serve a decadent Cornish breakfast menu in The Chapel Restaurant, offering a variety of options to set you up for a day of adventure, right from the hotel’s doorstep.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bodmin

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Bodmin Jail Hotel

    £30.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Sep 9 - Dec 19, 2022
    This December, Father Christmas will be making a special visit to the Chapel restaurant at Bodmin Jail. Our traditional Afternoon Tea will be given a festive theme; nostalgic, enchanting and magical, your family will enjoy mouth-watering cakes, freshly made scones and delicate finger sandwiches. All children will get the chance to meet Father Christmas for a picture and a special present. Christmas is a time for memories and wonder: this year let us make it extra special for your family.
  • Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Bodmin Jail Hotel

    £30.00 per person

    Dec 4 - Dec 19, 2022
    This December, Father Christmas will be making a special visit to the Chapel restaurant at Bodmin Jail. Our traditional Afternoon Tea will be given a festive theme; nostalgic, enchanting and magical, your family will enjoy mouth-watering cakes, freshly made scones and delicate finger sandwiches. All children will get the chance to meet Father Christmas for a picture and a special present. Christmas is a time for memories and wonder: this year let us make it extra special for your family.
  • Afternoon tea at The Bodmin Jail Hotel

    £27.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in a slice of Britain’s finest tradition and head to The Bodmin Jail Hotel for the best Afternoon Tea in Bodmin. Whilst dining at The Bodmin Jail Hotel, savour a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with lashings of Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam – remember, jam first! (The Cornish way). All accompanied by a selection of mouth-watering cakes including delicate macarons and decadent cheesecakes – presented to you in the unique Bodmin Jail Hotel way. Your Afternoon Tea includes a pot of Cornish tea, infusions or coffee. And you can even upgrade with a chilled glass of Champagne for a truly sumptuous experience.

What 70 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • Cornwall

    Romantic

  • Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

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  1. DE

    DianeE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Lovely restaurant had sunday roast starter ok roast not great had beef chewy and dry veg to hard dessert basic
  2. EG

    EmmaG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Lovely setting but the food unfortunately let it down, the starter was nice but for main I had the pheasant which was as tough as leather, I couldn’t actually get a knife through some of it. For £48 for 2 courses I was expecting a lot better.
  3. VD

    VillaDee

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best Sunday lunch experience we have had. The food was absolutely amazing and very well priced for such quality. Just wish it was closer so that we could repeat the experience on a regular basis. Loved the whole hotel, restaurant and how it had been converted ..
  4. r

    rheac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our whole visit to Bodmin jail ,the food was excellent and the service 5 star.Thankyou
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends 50th birthday
  6. JS

    JasonS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    From the moment you enter the prison you know it'll be a special evening. Starting with a great cocktail in the Champagne Bar before dinner, you then head into the Chapel for a fantastic meal. Food was excellent, and the service just as good. Priced really well too. Can't wait to go back.
  7. KC

    KatieC

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our time at the Jail was amazing. There was a warm welcome at the reception where we were directed up to the Champagne Bar before going into the Chapel. The bartender in the Champagne room was great and the cocktails tasted amazing every time. The room of the Chapel was stunning. You could still see a lot of the old architecture and the projector/light show on the ceiling was great and really added to the ambience. The waitress we had was excellent, explaining everything as she went and even giving her recommendation. The food was absolutely 10/10. We were worried that the small portions wouldn’t be filling but we all left fat and full. Yes it is a bit pricey, but for the level of food and service you get it’s absolutely worth it.
  8. SP

    SarahP

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning restaurant, the food was amazing and so beautifully presented. The staff were very friendly, attentive and knew all about the menu and ingredients. Highly recommended
  9. SP

    ShaunP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    The food was not good the cost was way to much for the quality served the hotel is superb but needs more places to eat

    The Chapel Restaurant at The Bodmin Jail HotelResponded on November 5, 2022Thankyou for your input, and we are sorry you felt this way about your experience in the Chapel, The food we create here is using the best ingredients from our local suppliers, this does come with a price implication. however we do believe these suppliers quality is unmatched. We do have an alternative, The Courtyard Restaurant, which gives our guests the choice of two very different options where to dine. apologies if this wasn't explained to you. Kind Regards Dane Watkins Executive Chef

  10. FR

    FRANK

    Cornwall

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An enjoyable evening for our 25th wedding anniversary. The location was wonderful as was the service & food.
  11. BH

    BillH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Love this place and the food is excellent, my favourite restaurant in Cornwall … the home made bread is the best! … Scallops superb and my pheasant was tasty and the best pheasant I’ve eaten ….
  12. F

    Fiona

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous restaurant in a fabulous place, couldn’t ask for more!
  13. LH

    LeonardH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely 'chatty staff' excellent food will certainly visit again.
  14. PT

    PamelaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect experience. A fantastic place to eat. The food was absolutely delicious, including the amuse bouche and pre-dessert. The choice of actual dessert wasn't to my taste but that wasn't a problem, I certainly wasn't left feeling hungry! We were particularly impressed by all the service staff who were friendly, efficient and professional.
  15. m

    moas19

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The service was good and attentive. Had a cocktail in the Champagne bar before dinner. I did feel that £15 for a cocktail was a bit high. I think £12 max is a fairer price. Having said that the cocktails were excellent quality. The Chapel seating was spacious so you didnt feel like you were sat too close to people. The menu was small but varied and I would say something for everyone. They have a set price for 2 or 3 courses , at £48 or £55 each. Sides were an extra £6 each which I feel is too expensive. There were lots of small additions to the meal, palette cleanser, amuse bouche, homemade bread etc. All this added to the experience. As a special treat it was a lovely night out.
  16. SE

    SarahE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully refurbished Bodmin Jail. A unique experience! Extremely attentive staff. Very enjoyable throughout. Thank you.
  17. TM

    TinaM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I had read bad reviews and was a bit worried but for no reason the food and service was excellent, the choices weren't great for dessert for someone who doesn't like nuts but a minor concern and easily fixed.
  18. AP

    AllieP

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    One meal was served cold - quickly replaced but then one guest was eating their main course when other had finished Service was very average, served a larger instead of small beer prior to meal (staff did not understand the difference) asked about wines staff did not have experience/advice. Staffing levels were too low for the number of people in the restaurant and staff were not well trained unlikely to return
  19. FW

    FaithW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team where superb, everyone was so friendly and made our stay very special. The food was beautiful and nothing was too much for everyone. I have a string of allergies and they were so careful with what I had to eat, but made sure I enjoyed the experience and food by making it as close to the original dish as possible. We are already planning our next trip.
  20. CH

    ColinH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We had to wait for a long time before being taken up to the restaurant, my wife's fish wasn't cooked in the middle, but the problem was rectified straight away and we didn't have to pay for one of the sides as an apology, the serving staff were brilliant
  21. J

    Julianya

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The staff were extremely friendly and attentive. The food was beautifully presented, tasted gorgeous and the building itself is a-mazing! However, it needs a dress code as baseball caps and trainers do not match the high-end experience. It was uncomfortable with people looking down on us from the mezzanine carrying takeaway coffee cups. The babies’ high chair needs to be out of sight. There needs to be the option for a glass of dessert wine, not a half bottle. These points are important if you are trying to attain exceptional dining experiences for your guests.
  22. JH

    JamieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, venue was totally different and don’t forget the ceiling projection
  23. PG

    PGGB

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I’m coeliac and the menu catered for me very well, great choices. Have returned for the second time in a week!! Great cocktails too!
  24. KE

    KEVINB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Great food. The Chef and cook line team obviously know what they are doing. I have worked around the Restaurant trade all my life and found the overall service to be poor. Barman sat us down in bar without offering us a drink before going to our table. He would also benefit from a shirt that is tucked in and a jacket. There were two waiting staff who were very good but Restaurant manager was not so good. Could not offer me a non alcoholic beer as they don’t stock it and my wife’s wine was very late to the table for her main course of beef which she had almost finished. Restaurant Manager said that they had temporarily run out. What does that mean! Upon leaving my wife said good bye to the Barman who did not reply as he was too busy playing on his mobile phone while leaning against the edge of the bar. Perhaps the Bar was not fixed correctly and needed propping up. Obviously texting takes priority over recognition of the customers. Really good food and very well cooked meat dishes (compliments to the Chef who was on duty that evening) but some Staff obviously need additional training. I would recommend the food if you can get passed the bad service.
  25. AP

    AmandaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. We both enjoyed our evening very much.
  26. SL

    StevenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit for my girlfriends birthday and we absolutely loved it. The food was impeccable, the service flawless, and the setting remarkable. We will be returning for sure. Recommend to anyone who would like a touch of class. Steve & Tori.
  27. AD

    AbiD

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and service. The building was magnificent.
  28. LL

    LisaL

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What can I say!!! It was a wonderful experience. The staff were charming funny and put you at ease instantly especially the young man in the champagne bar (Will Ferrall lookalike). The food was beautiful, presentation was spot on. The little extras like the bread, amuse bouche and the pre pudding were delightful. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be back
  29. DA

    DAH148

    Surrey

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and marvellous food. Cannot fault at all
  30. F

    Foodie

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was impeccable, beautifully presented and tasted gorgeous . I would thoroughly recommend the restaurant .
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment you walk in , look up snd see the walkways snd cell doors you are encapsulated by this place Walking from reception to restaurant you feel almost as if there are guards watching you , yet you take in the class and finish of the place Pre-Dinner drinks let you drink in the atmosphere and then you’ll be gob smacked to enter the firmer prison chapel Food snd drink are top drawer as is the service I’d gladly do another “stretch “ here
  32. SW

    SusanW

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the staff were very courteous. The restaurant was exceptional.
  33. SL

    StephenL

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    £55 each for a three course meal, food was well good probably the best place to eat in Bodmin, staff were attentive
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Visited on Saturday with family to celebrate a birthday. Booking was very easy and the restaurant has been renovated to a very high standard. Food was superb and the wine waitress and waiter were lovely and friendly. The overall setting and experience was amazing. Only negative, and I’m sure the drinks waiter in the champagne bar was under pressure, but when we asked to sit in the bar to drink our cocktail he said we have a schedule to keep. Our reservation was 6.30 and we were on time and encouraged to go and have a cocktail before going into the chapel restaurant. I thought it odd that after the drinks arrived we were shepherded along to our table in the restaurant. Ours was an early seating so there were only a few tables occupied.
  35. CM

    CatherineM

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff were amazing at the restaurant and the bar! Very chatty and friendly absolutely made our experience! The risotto was beautiful too!
  36. AP

    AgneP

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you wanna luxury dinner it is the place where you should to go! Everything superb !
  37. MS

    MaryS

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Our table was booked for 7.30 but it was 8.15 before we were seated. Service was so slow we left the table at 1015. It was virtually empty so no idea what the problem was and no apology for the delay.
  38. J

    Jonathan

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the third time we'd been to the Chapel whilst staying at the jail on two separate occasions. I was pleased to see that a year later the food quality and service had remained excellent. The dishes were really nicely cooked, with the beef and lamb we ordered perfectly pink for the order. The sides and flavours were all excellent with a great selection of wines. The staff remain friendly, attentive but not over bearing and the ambience of the restaurant is fantastic using projections and background music to set a really distinct mood. I'd happily go back and also think the set price is excellent value for money.
  39. SM

    SimonM

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate on a Sunday evening when it was quiet. We particularly appreciated the delightful background music that evoked the chapel atmosphere and was so subtle that it was almost not there. (my brother has difficulty hearing and if there is loud music then conversation is impossible for him. We were welcomed warmly and our server, Nina was exceptionally helpful and attentive yet not intrusive. The food was exceptionally good, delicious, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. We were disappointed not to see local wines represented on the wine list but I'm assured that they will soon be making an appearance.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is absolutely incredible, the staff were outstanding, they go above and beyond for you. I cannot wait to go back.

FAQs

The Chapel Restaurant at The Bodmin Jail Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Chapel Restaurant at The Bodmin Jail Hotel

Scarlett's Well Rd, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bodmin

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dane Watkins

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

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