Food Glorious Food
Cornwall…yeah you are coming to Cornwall! So why not forget about any kind of diet or trendy healthy way of eating whilst you are here and just enjoy food as it was intended.
Here in Falmouth there are some really terrific restaurants that are good value and serve an array of different foods from Cornish fare to ethnic cuisine. Pasty Shops abound as do really good take away establishments. Fabulous fish and chip restaurants, tea rooms, pubs and cafes can be found throughout the town and in and around Events Square there are lots of great pubs and eateries to choose from.
If you want a really good fish and chip supper then head to Harbour Lights in Falmouth. This restaurant and take away is owned and run by a local team and it is very good value. The menu is every changing with the catch of the day available to early diners – only because they tend to run out quickly! Really busy and there is a reason why, the food is delicious! Its a first come basis so be sure to arrive early.
Harbour Lights -Arwenack Street – Falmouth – TR11 3LHTelephone: 01326 316934 website: www.harbourlights.co.uk
If you fancy a Pizza then pop into the Stable in Falmouth, the pizzas are fab and they have a really great selection of local cider. Your furry friends are welcome downstairs!
The Stable – Old Custom House – Arwenack Street – Falmouth TR11 3JTTelephone: 01326 211199 Website: www.stablepizza.com
There are lots of other Pizza restaurants in the town including Pizza Express and Zizzi both found on Events Square.
Gylly Cafe gets the Falmouth vote for all day all round cuisine from a terrific Full Cornish Breakfast, to their fire pit BBQ and home made breads and cakes from the Bakery on the Beach.
Their all day terrace menu is great value and offers so much more than your average beach café does. Their daily changing restaurant menu, created by head Chef Dale McIntosh, is superb. He is one of the most talented chefs in the South West so enjoy him before he becomes too famous! He was recently a contestant on Master Chef the Professionals.
Be sure to book a table in plenty of time when eating at night in the restaurant. They do not take lunchtime bookings and the terrace tables are served on a first come basis.
Gylly Beach Cafe – Cliff Road – Falmouth. TR11 4PATelephone: 01326 312884 website: www.gyllybeach.com
Padstow or Padstein as it is now nicknamed
If you decide to visit Padstow whilst staying here and you wish to eat in one of the renowned restaurants there, then make sure that you book well in advance. Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth both have lovely restaurants in Padstow but they are always fully booked and for months in advance.
If you didn’t book a table or are in a hurry then Rick Stein has a super fish and chip restaurant on the quay in Padstow. So why not grab a bench seat at one of the long refectory tables and wait a few minutes to be served really delicious fish and chips. You will then understand why Mr Stein has become so popular! He has a cooking school, shop and deli on the quay in Padstow also worth a visit when there.
Rick has another fish and chip restaurants at Events Square here in Falmouth which he sometimes visits. He is apparently just like he is on television, a really super guy. It is always busy there and for good reason, the food is always great as are the takeaways.
Mr Stein has another restaurant in Porthleven and a really super café at Fistral Beach near Newquay. He will probably have a few more by the time you read this website as his popularity is growing here in Cornwall. His restaurants and other establishments have created a lot of jobs for locals and continue to provide a really great product for his ever swelling client base.
Rick Stein Restaurants. Website: www.rickstein.com
A favourite restaurant here on the coast is The Cove at Maenporth. It is a lovely place to spend an evening or afternoon. They are dog friendly in the covered terrace and veranda too. The daily changing menu is excellent and their staff are delightful and always so helpful.
The Cove Restaurant and Bar– Maenporth -Telephone:- 01326 251136 Website:- www.thecovemaenporth.co.uk
There are loads of really great pubs here in Falmouth and the surrounding area but one stands out above the rest as it is a rather stunning ancient thatched roof establishment open all year round.
It is called Pandora’s Inn and is located on the waters edge of Restronguet Creek near Mylor Bridge. They have a really good bar menu and daily specials as well as a restaurant on the first floor. In the winter they have an incredible carvery on a Sunday which extends into the shoulder months and is always busy so get there early or late as there is always enough to eat just a shortage of tables inside for the ever growing demand. There is a floating pontoon set up with tables where you can watch the world go by from. When the tide is very high it can flood the entrance to the pub and some of the tables have their feet in the water but the pub still stays open and carries on serving. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon or evening and its dog friendly downstairs in the pub.
Pandora’s Inn – Restronguet Creek – Mylor Bridge – TR11 5ST. Telephone:- 01326 372678 Website:- www.pandorainn.com
The town of Falmouth has eagerly awaited the opening of the Chain Locker, one of the oldest establishments here. It has undergone a major refurbishment and reopened autumn 2017. The pub and restaurant have been well received.
There are many more amazing pubs and restaurants here in Falmouth and the surrounding area so why not take a walk around the town and pop in to a restaurant that takes your fancy and book a table for dinner and pre dinner gin and tonics at the renowned Dollies Tea Room and Gin Palace in the High Street.
More Tea Vicar!
Cornwall is serious about tea and for good reason!
Nothing goes better with a cuppa than a home made scone laden with Roddah’s Cornish Clotted Cream and Roskilly or home made strawberry jam.
Make sure you load up your scone the Cornish way with the cream as the crowning glory! By doing it this way you can butter the scone first with Cornish butter! Sheer heaven when served with a piping hot cup of Smuggler’s Brew from The Cornish Tea Company. This tea is a fabulous blend of the finest quality Kenyan leaves and other teas specially selected from around the world and produced for everyday drinking right here in Cornwall by two young Cornish Lads, Tom and Duncan. The boys also roast and blend fabulous coffee at Cornish Coffee. Its a lovely present to take home to friends and loved ones.
Tea is actually grown here in Cornwall too at the famous Tregothnan Estate. They have a terrific gift shop where they sell a variety of blends all beautifully packaged. What a great present a gift wrapped packet of Cornish grown tea would be to take home as a souvenir for someone special or to keep yourselves to remind you of your last fabulous Cornish adventure!
You can book a guided tea tour on their website……a great fun experience. There is always a lot to see and do at the estate which changes seasonally so the Tregothnan Estate is well worth a visit when you are staying in Falmouth.