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Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall

A romantic meal paired with outstanding food and attentive service.  The Dining Room is a hidden gem in Cornwall!

With our trips, we do like to spoil ourselves when it comes to food.  The last two times we stayed in Padstow, we visited The Dining Room located in the nearby coastal village of Rock.  Only a short 10 minute drive away from Padstow, why not treat yourself with a date night at The Dining Room.  The Dining Room is a family run, fine dining restaurant, offering British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting.

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

The Dining Room


Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Lamb with smoked prosciutto, goat’s curd, rocket pesto


Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Beautiful duck dish


Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Cherry, mascarpone, pistachio, elderflower and cherry sorbet

On entering the Dining Room, we noticed how lovely and bright it was with a soothing and calm ambiance.  Each table was evenly spaced out with crisp white table cloths laid perfectly over each table – not a crease in sight.  The restaurant was furnished with muted colours in a contemporary style, simple yet elegant.  There were a couple of larger tables in the centre and towards the back, with the smaller tables placed on each side of the restaurant.  There is also a small bar area tucked away at the rear of the restaurant.  It was fairly quiet when we arrived and we were promptly seated at a table on the side.  

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Inside the Dining Room

Whilst perusing the menu we ordered a bottle of wine and a carafe of water.  Each dish sounded amazing which only made it even more difficult for me to decide what to order.  First thing first, canapés were served.   A small plate with a selection of nibbles to start, to get our taste buds going.  The beetroot meringue with horse radish sandwiched in between was a delight to eat.  With a sweetness from the meringue contrasting beautifully to the creamy hot horse radish.  Next to pop into our mouths was the ham terrine with mustard mayo.  And finally the creamy goats cheese panna cotta with tomato jam.  All three were divine and out of this world!

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Lovely selection of canapes

After nibbling on the canapés, out came our amuse bouche.  Since our dietary requirements were taken during our booking, the watermelon was omitted from my amuse bouche.  A little dish of marinated fennel with fennel seed cream and cubes of spiced apple for myself and Ian had the watermelon with his.  Ian did mention that my dish with the spiced apple was a better combination compared to the watermelon.  The fennel had a slight crunch and the spiced apple was the perfect accompaniment.  A lovely and refreshing bite to start with and perfect for summer.

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Amuse bouche of fennel seed cream with marinated fennel and watermelon


Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Marinated fennel with fennel seed cream and spiced apple

Waiting patiently for the starters, we dived into the homemade bread and butter; a selection of homemade white rolls with black sesame and brown rolls. I could have eaten a few more of these!  Lovely warm rolls with the slightly salted homemade butter melting on the oh so soft bread … mmmmm.  You just can’t beat homemade bread.

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Homemade white rolls with black sesame seeds and brown rolls

I chose a light starter of smoked salmon, beetroot, cucumber and spiced yogurt, sprinkled with bright yellow edible flower petals.  The spiced yogurt complemented the delicate flavours from the beautiful fillet of smoked salmon.  I could have eaten this tasty dish time and time again!

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Light summery salmon starter


Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Cured fillet, golden beetroot, smoked salmonm cucumber, spiced yogurt

Ian’s starter of lamb with smoked prosciutto, goats curd and rocket pesto was delish … an explosion of flavours in the mouth.  What a colourful starter!  Both of our starters were beautifully presented and we just couldn’t fault them.

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Beautifully presented lamb starter

For the main course, I opted for a fish dish again.  Seeing as we were close to the coast, I definitely had to sample the fresh fish here.  The fillet of turbot was cooked just the way I like, with the flakes falling apart as I cut through it with the knife.  The bouillabaisse was wonderful, very full flavoured and well seasoned.  The pink grapefruit I was unsure of, however it went perfectly well with the dish.  This was just the right portion size with plenty of smashed potato placed under the turbot.  This dish was heavenly!

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Fillet of turbot, bouillabaisse sauce, pink grapefruit

Ian’s main was decadent!  Beautifully cooked pink glazed duck breast, served with a confit leg, bacon, shallots and peas.  Now, if you love duck then you have to choose this dish.  This dish makes you want to keep eating!  

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Duck with bacon, shallots, peas

Did we have room for dessert?  Of course we did.  As we glanced at the dessert menu, both of us immediately knew which dessert to choose.  The cherry one!  Creamy mascarpone with fresh cherries, pistachio crumb, elderflower accompanied with refreshing cherry sorbet.  No sharing here as we both devoured our desserts.  The plates were left almost sparkly clean!  A luscious dessert indeed.

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Both of us ordered the cherry dessert

To end the meal, a selection of petit fours were served.  Our favourite was the small morsels of coconut marshmellow, coated with almond flakes.  I found the chocolate truffle a wee bit too rich.  However if you’re a chocoholic you’ll love this!

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Petit Fours to end the meal

The food at The Dining Room was absolutely incredible and mouth watering.  The service was prompt and attentive, without being intrusive.  We’ve visited The Dining Room three times now and each time it has been a perfect night out.  If you happen to be staying in Padstow or nearby, then we highly recommend reserving a table here for the perfect date night!  A meal to remember.

Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Tel: 01208 – 862622

 

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Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!

Perfect Date Night @ The Dining Room, Rock, Cornwall - WhodoIdo: Looking for the perfect date night in Cornwall? Reserve a table at The Dining Room restaurant which offers British contemporary cuisine in an intimate setting. Exquisite dishes with excellent service!
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12 Comments

  • Linda Carmical 17/10/2018 (18:13)

    If only I was in the UK! This would be perfect!

    • Lana
      Lana 17/10/2018 (18:16)

      The food is amazing here! Worth a visit when you’re over 😊

  • Rebecca | AAUBlog 13/10/2018 (19:15)

    oh wow the food looks incredible; right up my street. That with the service, sounds like a fab place to visit

    • Lana
      Lana 15/10/2018 (09:39)

      Definitely worth a visit in you’re in the area. Absolutely stunning food 🙂

  • Constance 13/10/2018 (18:31)

    Wow this place looks amazing! The plating is impeccable and all the food looks delicious and SO instagrammable! I’d love to try that duck breast it looks so good and I’m always a fan of fish so it would be such a difficult decision for me to make. I wouldn’t know what to order and knowing me I’d just want it all!

    • Lana
      Lana 13/10/2018 (18:36)

      I’m a huge fan of fish too! That duck dish was delicious. Each dish was like art on a plate! 🙂

  • Jenny 13/10/2018 (17:48)

    This place sounds great for a romantic meal for two.

    • Lana
      Lana 13/10/2018 (18:34)

      Such amazing food an service here 🙂

  • Mayah Camara 02/10/2018 (17:06)

    This place looks like it has a really intimate vibe, food looks incredible!

    • Lana
      Lana 02/10/2018 (18:42)

      The food was amazing – couldn’t fault it. Beautifully presented too!

  • Mellissa Williams 28/09/2018 (15:52)

    Good gracious me, how amazing does this food look? It looks like Michelin star food. I could eat that duck breast now

    • Lana
      Lana 28/09/2018 (18:41)

      I’m surprised it’s not a Michelin starred restaurant. The duck was very good! 🙂

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