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 to be – fresh and delicious.
Here in Falmouth there are so many fantastic independent restaurants that are great value serving an array of different foods from Cornish fare to ethnic cuisine. Pasty Shops abound as do brilliant and original 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 venture to Penryn there are several new trendy cafes and eateries along the Wharf.
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 serve basis in their harbour side restaurant, so be sure to arrive early. They also have a great open to the street take away and ice cream parlour. They have the best Gluten Free batter for a lighter bite or for those who have wheat intolerance.
Harbour Lights -Arwenack Street – Falmouth – TR11 3LHTelephone: 01326 316934 website: www.harbourlights.co.uk
There are other very good fish and chip restaurants in and around Falmouth, Rick Steins in Events Square is always excellent and they also serve delicious curries and other specials. Always busy so be sure to book. They also, like Harbour Lights, have a take away.
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. Great Gluten Free pizzas too. They also have special deals on certain nights of the week where a real bargain can be had.
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 a contestant on Master Chef the Professionals in 2017.
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. They also have a beach take away serving hot and cold beverages, an array of hot and cold snacks, delightful bakery goods and scrummy Roskilly Cornish Ice Cream made on the Lizard Peninsula.
Gylly Beach Cafe – Cliff Road – Falmouth. TR11 4PATelephone: 01326 312884 website: www.gyllybeach.com
Padstow or Padstein as it has now been nicknamed
If you plan 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, to name but a few, both have lovely restaurants in Padstow but they are generally fully booked, in high season this can be for months in advance. So worth booking before you come to Cornwall for a special occasion.
But don’t worry if your visit is a last minute idea and you haven’t booked a table as Rick Stein has a super fish and chip restaurant on the quay in Padstow with a take away and a gorgeous fish deli restaurant. 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 and more outlets in Padstow town also worth a visit when there. On the outskirts of Padstow is the Cornish Arms that is a Rick Stein pub, open all year and very reasonably. He has a lovely bistro in Padstow called St Petrocs.
But if you want to try Mr Steins legendary cooking you dont have to go far as Rick has a fish and chip restaurant & takeaway in Events Square here in Falmouth which he sometimes visits. It is always busy there and for good reason, the food is always great as are the takeaways.
Mr Stein has several other restaurants in Cornwall, an outstanding harbour side restaurant in Porthleven and a really super beach café at Fistral Beach 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 for locals and visitors to Falmouth is The Cove at Maenporth. It has recently been bought by celebrity Michelin Star Chef Michael Caines but he was only open for less than 2 weeks before the lock down. As it is perched close to the lovely beach at Maenporth it is a lovely place to spend an evening or afternoon watching the tide come in and go out. There is a covered terrace and veranda for a more relaxed dining experience. It is about a 40 minute walk along the South West Coastal Path from Kinbrae House to The Cove. We cant wait until it reopens!
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, Pandora’s Inn. It is located on the waters edge of Restronguet Creek near Mylor Bridge and is a rather stunning ancient thatched roof establishment with wood burning fires in winter and a large floating alfresco pontoon where you can dine on sunny days or sit outside and watch the large swan population and sailing boats any time of year whilst you quench your thirst. Best of all its open all year round.
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. It 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. 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.
Pandora’s Inn – Restronguet Creek – Mylor Bridge – TR11 5ST. Telephone:- 01326 372678 Website:- www.pandorainn.com
Perched on the waterside of the Helford Passage are two lovely gastro pubs, on the North side is the fabulous Ferry Boat Inn and in Helford on the south of the estuary the gorgeous thatched roof pub, The Shipwright. Both serve delicious pub food, Sunday Lunches and daily specials. In the summer the Shipwright has a Pizza hut where they serve piping hot pizzas to their alfresco customers. The Ferry Boat is well named as it is a pub with its toes literally in the sand and the ferry service that crosses the estuary year round is located on the beach just in front. Its a short water ride across the Helford Passage but worth doing at any time of year to explore the South side and Helford. Remember that there are restricted crossing times when the tide is very low and check seasonal time tables from October to March before planning to visit Helford by water. The village of Helford can also be reached by road from Falmouth. There are some delightful coastal path walks that can be taken from Helford walking East towards Flushing in the Menage or West to the famous French Mans Creek. It is very quiet so you tend to see an incredible number of waders and other seabirds.
The Ferry Boat Inn – Helford Passage, Falmouth. TR11 5LB. Telephone: 01326 250625. Reservations and menu: www.ferryboatcornwall.co.uk
The Shipwright Arms– Helford Passage- Helston. TR12 6JT. Telephone: 01326 231235
On the harbour side is the Chain Locker, one of the oldest establishments in Falmouth. It was recently refurbished and reopened in autumn 2017. The pub and restaurant have been well received by visitors and locals and they have a very large alfresco area on the harbour side.
The Chain Locker – Quay Street, Falmouth. TR11 3HH. teleohone: 01326 311085
There are lots of amazing pubs and restaurants here in Falmouth and the surrounding area. So why not take a stroll into town and pop in to a restaurant that takes your fancy, book a table for dinner and then head for a tipple or two before your table reservation at the great fun and quirky Dollies Tea Room and Wine Bar in the High Street. They have over 100 gins to choose from as well as other beverages served in the most original setting and if you wish from a tea pot! Mothers ruin!
Dollies Tea Room & Wine Bar – 21 Church Street, Falmouth. TR11 3EG. Telephone: 01326 218480
If you have a car then it is worth planning a trip to the Roseland taking the King Harry chain link ferry from Trellisick. The ferry runs every 20 minutes from 00, 20 and 40 minutes past the hour from the Falmouth side and 10, 30 and 50 minutes past the house for the return ferry. It starts at about 7am in the summer and slightly later in the winter but be sure to check the last return ferry as times are seasonal. Once in the Roseland there are some lovely places to visit and some rather good watering holes. A favourite for lunch and feast nights (pre-booking only for limited places) is the Hidden Hut in Porthcatho. Park in the car park just outside Porthcatho and walk to the beach café. The food is excellent and always freshly made. They serve delicious home made cakes and baked goods and have a wonderful selection of home made soft drinks and specialty teas. They have a very large section of Cornish Ice Cream too. Open when the clocks go forward and close as they go back. Always busy but queues are never too long.
The Hidden Hut – Porthcatho – In The Roseland, Truro. TR2 5EW.
If you don’t have a car or don’t fancy a drive but want to visit St Mawes In The Roseland there is an excellent daily ferry service from Falmouth from the Prince of Wales Quay and the Custom House Quay. Once in St Mawes there is a lot to see from St Mawes Castle to the lovely walks from Place to St Anthony’s head. Be sure to eat before you venture to Place in any of the lovely cafes, restaurants and pubs in St Mawes as there arent any cafes on the headland. We have a few favourite places in St Mawes, The Tresanton Hotel, St Mawes Hotel and The Idle Rocks Hotel are all lovely places to stop for coffee and cake or a cold drink and a snack, a full blown meal and cream tea will cost you a lot more than most places but its generally worth the treat when you take in the views!
The Tresanton Hotel – 27 Lower Castle Road, St Mawes, Truro. TR2 5DR. Telephone: 01326 270055
The St Mawes Hotel – 1 Commercial Road, St Mawes, Truro. TR2 5DN. Telephone: 01326 270170
The Idle Rocks Hotel – Harbourside, Tredenton Road, St Mawes, Truro. TR2 5DR. Telephone: 01326 270270
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. They have some lovely gift ideas to take home to friends and loved ones or to keep yourself! They also sell specialty herb teas and tea accessories such as tea pots, coasters and caddies.
Tea is also grown here in Cornwall 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! Their tea is also sold in many gift shops and restaurants throughout Cornwall and airports in the UK.
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.