Falmouth restaurants: 9 of the best places to eat
PUBLISHED: 16:09 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 06 February 2018
With trendy gastropubs, seafood restaurants and specialist eateries aplenty, Falmouth is renowned for its bustling foodie scene. We pick nine of the best places to eat out in this pretty portside town
Water’s Edge was a finalist in the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 for ‘Hotel Restaurant of the Year’. At this fine dining restaurant you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, supper or afternoon tea overlooking one of the best sea views in Falmouth.
Our favourite menu is the dinner menu which includes a tempting array of seafood, meaty mains and vegetarian options to sate the appetite. Make sure you leave room for the cheeseboard; a selection of melt-in-the-mouth cheeses, all sourced from local farms and dairies.
33 High Street
With previous spells cooking in some of London’s most prestigious kitchens, including Mayfair’s The Dorchester alongside Gordon Ramsay and Charlie Trotter, head chef Ken quit the Big Smoke for the shores of Falmouth in 2009 - and with good reason. The Symonds’ husband and wife team opened the intimate and homely restaurant Oliver’s to rave reviews, full-bookings, and in 2014, the Best South West Restaurant’ title in the Taste of the West Awards. Be sure to try the locally sourced and cooked to perfection’ beef fillet, duck breast and wild sea bass mains, after the melt-in-your-mouth Mylor crab starter.
Popular with budding home cooks for his entertaining French Odyssey and India series, Stein’s Falmouth menu is no different, serving his favourite pescetarian dishes in the restaurant alongside an extensive menu of traditional fish and chips and battered oysters from the takeaway counter. Neither menu at Fish has escaped the influences of his culinary travels, so look out for the Amritsari fish starter originating from the Punjab region of India; deep fried sea bream in a chickpea batter is sprinkled with masala spices for a summer treat.
30 Arwenack St
The Brig has a cocktail menu of over 50 creations and an inspired menu (Rum & Raisin rack o’ ribs, anyone?). Described as a London cocktail bar with a Pirate twist’, the restaurant itself is located downstairs in a low-lit bar area; think long wooden banqueting tables and leather upholstery. If you’re feeling brave enough, take on board the 666 Challenge; eat six incredibly hot chicken wings in as many minutes and you’ll be rewarded with a free cocktail and your name above the bar. Good luck!
16 Arwenack St
Replacing beer with cider as the ultimate soulmate to pizza, The Stable has a low-key ambiance to their restaurants and has different menus in each of its locations. Falmouth is naturally home to such creations as The Pendennis Piggy (in reference to it famous landmark), The Blazing Saddle and The Mignonette featuring Cornish blue cheese and Spanish onions. If pies are more to your taste, look out for the Lamb Bam Boogie, featuring the title act alongside rosemary, garlic, potato and honey. Keen to try before you buy? Don’t miss the Cider Tasting Board with five flavours to experience for £7.50. This rustic dining experience – with exposed brick walls and original beams – is set out over two floors with two private first-floor dining rooms.
Saint Michaels Hotel, Gyllyngvase Beach
Combining their 2 AA rosettes with floor to ceiling panoramic views of Gllyngvase beach, The Flying Fish is not to be missed. Their promise to take food seriously’ is reflected in the sophisticated menu with centrepieces such as the Cornish Seafood Platter and their dedication to have produce caught in the morning and served by lunchtime. To clear the palette, finish with the Coconut Panna Cotta on the roof terrace over a bottle of Briccotondo Arneis for an al fresco dining experience. Finally, enjoy a nightcap at the Cornish Cocktail bar in the round with soft glow lighting for a romantic ambience.
46 Arwenack St
Bistro fans should look no further; Hunkydory relies on all forms of local produce for their menu, from the Rebel Ales brewed in the next town of Penryn to the Pork Belly sourced from the Primrose Herd in neighbouring Redruth. Set in a Grade II listed Georgian building with a function room for up to 20 diners on the first floor, the atmosphere it surprisingly cosy for both parties and intimate gatherings.
For an elite dining experience you should probably give the Cove restaurant a visit. Known for their world-class seafood and impeccable service, not to mention the breath-taking views of Falmouth Bay, The Cove offers customers the chance for every kind of dining experience, whether it’s a four-course dinner or tapas at the bar. On a budget? No problem. Take advantage of the Prix Fixe’ menu and enjoy three courses for £24, washed down with some Knightor Trevannion (Cornish wine) or Rhubarb G&Ts.
33 Arwenack St
With a menu packed full of Caribbean favourites, Cribbs transports you from the beautiful beaches of Falmouth to the sunny Caribbean Isles without leaving the restaurant. Whether you’re after some traditional Jamaican akee and salt fish, or your taste buds are tingling for some spicy jerk chicken, there are plenty of delicious dishes to satisfy your appetite. To finish the meal, sip a thirst quenching Caribbean cocktail at the bar whilst soaking up the lively atmosphere.
The Shack has a hands-on approach to seafood so prepare to get your hands dirty whilst you tuck into succulent crab, lobster, oysters, scallops and mussels caught locally and sustainably. Keep an eye on the specials board as fishy favourites such as squid and flatfish often make an appearance at the restaurant. Seafood is caught fresh so check for availability before ordering.
Not into seafood? No problem! Diners can also tuck into steak, pasta and vegetarian specials from the menu.