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 serve basis so be sure to arrive early.
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 excellent and they also serve delicious curries and other specials.
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! Great Gluten Free pizzas too.
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.
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 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 it seems 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. On the outskirts of Padstow is the Cornish Arms that is a Rick Stein pub, open all year and very reasonably. Also dog friendly. He has a lovely bistro in
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 for locals and visitors to Falmouth is The Cove at Maenporth. 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. They are dog friendly in the covered terrace and veranda too. Their Sunday lunch is legendary, their daily changing menu is excellent and their staff are delightful and always so helpful. It is about a 40 minute walk along the South West Coastal Path from Kinbrae House to The Cove.
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 and its dog friendly downstairs in the pub.
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 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. 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.
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
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.
The Chain Locker – Quay Street, Falmouth. TR11 3HH. teleohone: 01326 311085
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 speciality gin and tonics at the renowned Dollies Tea Room and Wine Bar in the High Street.
Dollies Tea Room & Wine Bar – 21 Church Street, Falmouth. TR11 3EG. Telephone: 01326 218480
If you have a car then its 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 and 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 speciality 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 go in any of the lovely cafes, restaurants and pubs in St Mawes. We have a few favourite places over there, The Tresanton Hotel, St Mawes Hotel and The Idle Rocks Hotel. They 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. Its a lovely present to take home to friends and loved ones and they also have herb teas and accessories.
Tea is also 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! Their tea is also sold in many gift shops and restaurants throughout Cornwall.
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.