One of Cornwall’s largest and liveliest towns, Falmouth oozes coastal charm. Fabulous beaches, subtropical gardens, fascinating history and, of course, fantastic food and drink make it an ideal staycation destination. Here are five of the best restaurants in Falmouth to add to your hit list
St Michaels Resort
This foodie spa resort has two smart restaurants: the two-AA-rosette Brasserie on the Bay, with its fine-dining menu built around local produce and ingredients cooked on the grill, and the more casual Garden Kitchen which deals in wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers and nutritious salads. Afterwards, feed your soul with a dip in St Michaels Resort’s hydrothermal pool or a stroll along Gylly Beach just across the road.
The Greenbank Hotel
The historic Greenbank Hotel has hosted illustrious visitors including Florence Nightingale and author Kenneth Grahame. Its Water’s Edge restaurant enjoys stunning views over the Fal Estuary, inspiring a menu that draws heavily on the local fishermen’s catch. Below deck you’ll find The Working Boat pub, serving surf‑and‑turf burgers and local craft beers.
Hooked on the Rocks
A stone’s throw from Swanpool Beach, cliffside Hooked On The Rocks is perfect for sustainably sourced seafood with a view. Much of the menu is based around ingredients caught in the waters before you, including crab, Falmouth Bay scallops, shell-on wild prawns and fish fresh from Newlyn market. For every lobster sold, a donation is made to Padstow’s National Lobster Hatchery.
One of two Cornish restaurants in the Michael Caines Collection, The Cove is set against the glorious backdrop of Maenporth Beach. Whatever you’re after – family supper, date night or celebratory meal – choose from an all-day menu or treat yourself to the tasting experience featuring signature Caines dishes. The spacious terrace has heaters and even a retractable roof, so eating alfresco is an option year-round.
A few miles out of town (just follow the coast path), you’ll find this hidden oasis among nine acres of sub-tropical gardens. Hotel Meudon‘s menu is inspired by the cuisine of Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on fish and shellfish, yet rooted in local ingredients. Be sure to carve out an hour to enjoy a cocktail or two in the sumptuously furnished Freddie’s Bar.