The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian

4.4
118 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Boho beach cafe and wedding venue. Famous for good food and its sandy back garden. A relaxed, contemporary beach bar, ideal for the whole family and dogs.

The Rockpool is the perfect stop off after a beach walk or surf. The Rockpool provides consistent excellent customer service and innovative and inspiring, locally sourced dishes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 118 people are saying
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RosieB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Had to wait longer than normal but that was because the head chef was on his own! Not a normal situation we were told. The only negative was the noise level, the echo round the room was hard to relax in. I’d still recommend and go back.

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AilsaD
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic post surf lesson lunch! Love the new menu guys!
Fab waiting staff so polite and happy. Thank you

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Jules
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful setting, friendly atmosphere and always dog friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and such friendly staff! All the food was well-known dishes just done better with a twist - it was superb! Unassuming place by day, and the menu doesn’t look anything out of the ordinary. But Ryan’s attention to detail on everything from batters to side salads shows he cares about his food. The service was also excellent, and it’s very dog-friendly too! We’re looking forward to our next visit.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely lunch, will definitely recommend you to friends and family.

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CarolL
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming. Table set out for us with water waiting. More limited menu as off season but still plenty of choice. Food faultless.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Pub needs some ventilation, the waiters wore masks but the masks were never over their nose and mouth.

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Helensplaces
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easy parking BUT expensive as it’s not owned by restaurant! Food not cheap but good and nice atmosphere. Staff attentive but not over fussy. Overall a good experience and good for locals to impress visitors.

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RaymondP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food served by friendly staff in a spotless environment, hats off to them for getting everything right.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and for the kind words :) We hope to see you soon!

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Bert009
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Great choice of beers wines and cocktails. Recommend the espresso martini! Great service

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We're glad you enjoyed out cocktails! We look forward to seeing you again!

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alexg
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, simple food and friendly staff. We had a lovely and relaxing lunch with our two small children

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you for the kind words, we enjoying having you all. We hope to see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

delicious food great service and fab location

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for the kind review! We hope to see you again!

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ElizabethH
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and drinks here, staff were very helpful and attentive and fab views!

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for the kind words, We're glad you enjoyed your food. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Asked to post my review.....Wasn't contacted ahead of turning up to say they are no longer seating people indoors, outside benches only, despite booking 3 months ago ....plus only pizzas only are on offer. Turned up on a windy evening, not dressed to eat outside and spent £79 on 4 pizzas, 3 chips and 3 drinks (only one alcoholic). I know we could have left but was late and we were hungry. I know there is a shortage of hospitality staff currently but other restaurants have notified me if they are running a reduced menu or had to cancel a booking. Nice setting but the above put a dampner on the evening. Shame.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for leaving a review! It was a very hard decision to cancel our booking especially this time of year, you would have received a text message or an email in regards to your booking (as long as the information you provided us with your online booking was correct) as is the same with the rest of our customers that we had to cancel reservations for. We hope to see you again!

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Robyn
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to eat, lovely location and decor and super friendly staff. The vegan pizza was amazing!!

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

We're so glad you enjoyed your vegan pizza! we spent a lot of time coming up with the correct flavours for the vegan pizza! We hope to see you soon!

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Marg
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great to come back to a beautifully revamped Rockpool. Only draw back was due to scarcity of chefs in Cornwall post-Covid the menu was limited. Still great good though just didn’t suit all tastes of the family. Love the place nonetheless 🥰

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for coming back to us! We're super proud of our revamped restaurant and we're glad you like it too! We hope to see you soon!

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DebbieT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a delightful atmosphere. Slightly noisy but it’s holiday season. Ryan the chickpea Dali was amazing.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed the Dahl its our favourite too! Ryan really knows how to make a decent Dahl! We hope to see you soon!

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KeithP
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, courteous service and most importantly the food is good. Overall a lovely experience.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us we hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are on holiday but was celebrating a birthday. We loved our meal, was lovely to be out and about. Just wish the menu was a little more extensive - good job we like pizza!

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us, We're glad you enjoyed your pizza! It was a hard decision for us to reduce our menu but in the current state of the industry we're having a hard time finding chefs! We're hoping to be back to normal very soon!

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LizzieB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good enjoyed the dhal. Staff very attentive.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

We're happy you enjoyed the Dahl! We'll see you soon!

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite limited menu at lunchtime but what we had was gorgeous and incredible value- one of our favourite meals whilst in Cornwall! Thank you 😊

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us we're really happy that you enjoyed your food, we'll see you again soon!

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DaniMcc
Surrey
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & friendly staff. Lovely food and you can’t beat the location . Have been coming here for 3 years and always look forward to returning ! Keep up the great work guys !

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for returning to us! We can't wait to see you again!

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Mich
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Absolutely fab food - looked great and tasted amazing.

Great, friendly staff. Reasonably priced meals.

Will definitely be going back!!!
Highly recommended.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

We're happy that you enjoyed your food! We can't wait to see you again!

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MattS
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Kids running around, menu was only pizza and sides. Booked 4wks in advance no mention of the such poor menu. Service was good but I suppose it would be with five different pizza toppings. Great birthday dinner I had😢

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

We're sorry to hear about your experience, we had called and left messages/emails with all of our customers that had booked in advance our apologies this message did not get through to you.

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Binanki
London
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere, the restaurant is spacious, clean, friendly and overlooking the sea. I had a vegan pizza that was exceptional.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for eating with us! We love our vegan pizza too! We hope to see you again very soon!

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Lella
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Website was misleading. Should be updated that all you can eat is burgers and pizza.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for leaving a review, every time we change a menu we update the website at the same time, unfortunately these changes can take an hour or so to refresh on the website. We apologise for any confusion.

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Seaside
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately we didn’t have a good experience.
Our pizzas looked beautiful, but were very, very bland pizza.
They forgot my drink order , gave my husband the wrong drink .
We waited along time for food , around 45 minutes.
Very noisy , but that’s not the restaurants fault . Will not return.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We're sorry to hear your pizzas were not up to our standards, all of our ingredients are prepared fresh daily and we pride ourselves on good looking and great tasing pizzas! We apologise for the wait on the food, due to our location we can get very busy very fast as all of our food is prepared fresh sometimes there will be a wait.

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HeidiR
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant - clean and nice atmosphere. Great location. Menu is limited to just pizzas which was disappointing. My pizza was particularly bland - Hawaiian.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank for you dining with us! Our menu is currently limited due to the industry staff shortages, we hope to back up and running full speed very soon!

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Ross
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was serving a reduced menu because COVID so there wasn't a huge selection, but the food was delicious. We had four dishes, each was flavourful, a good size, and arrived quickly. The cocktails were ambrosial, and the service on form.

The restaurant is currently at reduced capacity, so tables are widely spaced apart. In addition, waiters wore facemasks and disinfected tables between seatings.

Edit: I previously gave this restaurant 5 stars because the food and service were excellent, but subsequently received a £100 parking fine. This was completely unfair because the meter was out of order and there was no mobile signal, so it was impossible to have paid. The parking is independently operated, but since there is nowhere else to park for this restaurant and all patrons will park there, the two are inextricably linked.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We're so happy that you enjoyed our food and cocktails! We're sorry to hear about the parking fine, unfortunately the carpark is not operated by us and thus out of our control. We hope this doesn't put you off visiting us again!

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Short staffed but still did a decent job. Food and location lovely

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for the 5* review, we hope to see you again soon!

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LynseyC
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Reduced menu due to staffing shortages across the region but the pizzas were fab and the service very good.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for enjoying our pizzas! We hope to see you again soon!

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FH12345
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Popped in for lunch after walk round Godfrey Point. Limited menu of pizza and sides due to being a bit short on staff but service and food was good And it was busy.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We're so happy you enjoyed our pizza! We'll see you soon!

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BekiT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Lovely food. Staff were very attentive and explained the reduced menu well. Great service during these tricky times

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for joining us through these tricky times, We're trying our very best!

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SimonW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service.
A relaxed evening out

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We're so happy you enjoyed your evening! We hope to see you again soon!

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LocalR
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Beautiful setting, varied menu, friendly staff but slow service and although the food was fine it was lacking in finesse.

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ZOFIAS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice and clean , service polite, food good and hot however very very slow, it took nearly two hours for main courses to come out. Great place to go if you have time

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We're glad you enjoyed the food, we apologise for the slow service, we pride ourselves on everything being fresh to order and sometimes this will mean there is a wait on food! We hope to see you again!

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OliviaB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such tasty food with a big specials board as well! Atmosphere was perfect, lovely decor, highly recommended.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We pride ourselves on our local source specials, We hope to see you again soon!

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vipJana
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Great location and pretty good food. However, service was absolutely appalling. Staff were rude and just did not care about their job or customers, resulting in multiple mistakes.
I specifically booked the restaurant and made a day trip out of it, totally to a disappointment. Saving grace was the wonderful beach.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are sorry that your experience wasn't up to our standards. We hope you can visit again soon!

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JPWrio
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our lunch here, lovely atmosphere and good staff.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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Kinkin
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Very disappointing breakfast. They only do pastries and pancakes on the breakfast menu. Pancakes were cold, dry and tasted days old. When we commented we were told the kitchen no longer prepares breakfasts as they are too busy getting ready for lunch. They should take the pancakes off the menu if they can’t make them fresh.

The place looked good and staff were nice. The food for lunch did look delicious but definitely give this place a miss for breakfast.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian
Responded on August 28, 2021

We're sorry to hear our pancakes did not impress! unfortunately we had to severely reduce our offering as the industry is very short staffed at the moment, our pancakes are made fresh every morning. We hope to see you again soon!

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FAQs

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01736 449990.

The Rockpool - Beach Cafe Gwithian is rated 4.4 stars by 118 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.