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The Watermill

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary
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The Watermill Old Coach Road | Lelant St.Ives, St Ives TR27 6LQ, England
+44 1736 757912
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went just before Christmas with my girlfriend, and we have lovely roast dinner, went back again, a few months later and it was fantastic again, the food was great, the beef was cooked fantastically, the staff were efficient, and friendly, would go again and would certainly recommend it to people.

Thank fredricksaturn
Lifton, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pub grub - we had mixed grill & an Indian spiced falafel burger. The steak was not great quality & the spices not very evident. However portions are generous & the chips are excellent - crisp on the outside soft in the middle really hot & no excess fat. Things looked up a bit with desserts - good chocolate &... More 

Thank Gerry P
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Back to the area for the summer season, a visit to the Watermill is a must. This time, with friends we had a table near the bar and enjoyed a hearty meal of liver and bacon, lush. Good service and a friendly welcome always had.

Thank OntheLash
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good, honest pub grub. Can you ask for anything more on a cold wet February night? My sister lives a couple miles away and we usually eat here when we're visiting. Never lets us down. Caters for my veggie gluten free requirements with ease and no fuss.

Thank Jo B
Porthtowan, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

A group of about 20 of us went for lunch. The pub was clean and they had reserved a large table for us. We had a variety of meals. I enjoyed my jacket potato with tuna and mayo, but some people found their meals not as good as they could be - a bit dry. The portions were good and... More 

Thank Skippyhumbug
Exeter, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

We stopped for a drink, but ended up booking a table for Dinner that evening as it looked so nice. Such a warm, friendly welcome - you instantly feel at home (even after we said we were from Devon) So glad we decided to book for a meal in the evening. Really good menu, offering a great selection of food... More 

Thank Tamlyn F
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Although the decor was nice, the service was ok and the meals ok I had two pints of Betty Stobbs, felt unwell and had to go outside and vomit, not a great experience, I am convinced that the lines had not been properly cleaned / flushed out. A very unpleasant end to the evening, I won't be returning.

3 Thank Matt R
TheWatermill2014, Owner at The Watermill, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you were unwell. We can assure you that in no way could it be connected with our beer lines. We have a strict cleaning programme and all cask ale lines are cleaned after each cask is exhausted. This means that the lines are cleaned at least twice a week and often more. If the... More 

Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We came here 5 years ago a party of six on holiday and the food and service was very good. So we decided to come again, just 2 of us staying in St Ives. We had a very good meal and my Husband loved his dessert. The fish and chips were great, light crispy batter, very fresh white cod. A... More 

Thank jacqueline_lucas
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

We pre-booked our Christmas meal and none of us were disappointed we all thoroughly enjoyed it, superb! All presented very nicely and excellent service, great atmosphere upstairs. Made an excellent night out.

Thank flexible
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Last evening at around 19-30 twelve of us arrived at the Watermill for A prearranged meal,we were greeted by the very friendly staff and shown to our table we were then given time to get any drinks that we wanted at the bar,whilst getting our drinks we could see a cosy fire that was giving out a lovely comfortable heat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Watermill Old Coach Road | Lelant St.Ives, St Ives TR27 6LQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  St Ives
  • Phone Number: +44 1736 757912

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?