PUBLISHED: 12:32 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:02 30 August 2017

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Falmouth is a part of The Countrywide Great Tour route this summer. We reveal some of the best restaurants and places to stay in the Cornish portside town

The Countrywide Great Tour begins on 4 July 2015 and takes place over 64 days visiting all sorts of coastal locations across the UK. Cyclists will begin to arrive in the maritime town of Falmouth on the afternoon of 19 August after a ride along the coast from the Eden Project.

If you’re taking part yourself or supporting a friend or family member in the tour, there’s plenty on offer in Falmouth – surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty the town is a haven for families, walkers and keen photographers alike. The bustling social scene and festival calendar brings food tourists en masse to try the variety of popular gastropubs and specialist cuisine restaurants. The university town is also home to stylish boutique hotels and top-notch bed and breakfasts.

Where to eat

The Stable,16 Arwenack St

Replacing beer with cider as the ultimate soulmate to pizza, The Stable has a low-key ambience 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 West Country Porker 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.

Wildebeest,13 Arwenack St

For Falmouth’s only 100% vegan eatery, drop into Wildebeest where you can scale the globe in just two bites thanks to the internationally inspired menu. Every cuisine is available, from noodle soups and quesadillas to cupcakes and cocktails’ making Wildebeest every insta-foodie’s dream. With menu highlights that include Shaved Asparagus, Cucumber and Hoisin Salad, and Gnocchi with a Pea Puree - not forgetting their sweet treats and desserts, it’s not surprising that Wildebeest is gaining something of a reputation for converting loyal carnivores into born again vegans. Other benefits of eating here include a 10% student discount and free Wi-Fi.

Fire Kitchen,6 Market Strand

With owners inspired by such foodie personalities as Keith Floyd and Jean Christophe Novelli, it’s no wonder that Fire Kitchen is the place for the discerning amateur chef and fans of French cuisine. Serving up seafood in a library (if from the open kitchen) diners can peruse the many pre-loved cookbooks that line the shelves whilst dishes are being freshly prepared. The wooden tables and barstools give this bistro an extra casual feel as the chef lets the produce do the talking…’ To this end, look to the Surf n’ turf burger of beef and glazed chilli prawns, or the Firefish stew for a taste of their delicacies.

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Where to stay

The Greenbank Hotel, Harbourside

With overwhelmingly unanimous reviews singing its praises, The Greenbank is largely considered one of the best hotels in Cornwall. A theme of heritage runs through every part of the hotel starting with the locally sourced produce for their menus, providing White Company toiletries in the bathrooms and having unrivalled views of the marina at the end of your bed. To further celebrate their central surroundings, the Master suite has a luxurious balcony and window bath (with modesty panels) for an al fresco bathing experience. Naturally, there are even private pontoons to step straight from the hotel jetty to an awaiting yacht – did someone say Cannes? Don’t miss trying the Honey Bear cocktail in the newly refurbished bar, especially on Fridays as it’s 2 for £10 from 5pm. Prices from £119.

The Royal Duchy Hotel, Cliff Rd

If you’re looking for views and the experience of a classic hotel, this is the place – think manicured lawns and panoramic vistas of the bay, especially from the Terrace lounge which looks towards the Pendennis Castle peninsula. The Royal Duchy staff has an excellent reputation and attention to detail is their specialty. Adhering to its classical theme, the décor is tastefully neutral with flourishes of gold, although the Pendennis dining room is particularly inspired with accents of burgundy and gold – with a smart casual dress code to match. Book a romantic weekend from £310pppn in a deluxe sea front double.

The Rosemary, 22 Gyllyngvase Terrace

Only a two minute stroll from Gyllyngvase beach, The Rosemary is a locally renowned gem near the seafront, coupling its warm service with quality rooms, it has an enviable location perfect for visits on foot toFalmouth’s National Maritime Museum and other central attractions. With prices from £77 for a double, it’s great value for money too.

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Do you want to take part in the Great tour? To enter, head over to the Countrywide Great Tour website.

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