Casual seafood feasts by the beach
Nothing quite captures the spirit of a Cornish summer than following a dip in its azure waters with a plate of lusciously fresh local seafood. Happily, that’s just the experience to be savoured at Hooked on the Rocks, just yards from the shore of Swanpool Beach near Falmouth.
Visit to experience simple but scrumptious starters such as Falmouth Bay scallops with roe butter and seaweed pangrattato, and wild prawns with garlic butter, ‘nduja, lime and fresh herbs. Mains of Falmouth Bay lobster or crab with garlic and herb butter, seaweed and garlic aioli, and crisp skinny fries satiate the appetite of any sandy‑toed gourmet.
Fripperies and embellishments are minimal on this menu, allowing the briny delights to speak for themselves. It’s a strategy that sees locals and holidaymakers flock to Hooked for sundowner seafood uppers – best enjoyed on the alfresco seating with a glass of Camel Valley Cornwall Brut or Sharp’s Camel Valley Pilsner.
For more casual outdoor eats with equally impressive views, check out The Seahorse, the restaurant’s converted horsebox which serves light bites such as Porthilly oysters with shallot mignonette and Tabasco, West Country mussels, and crab fries (shoelace chips topped with white crab meat, brown crab mayonnaise and chives).
Trencherman’s tip: be sure to book in advance as this coastal spot is very popular.