Contemporary and casual
If there was a Trencherman’s Award for the restaurant with the most surprising view, The Star and Garter would win every year.
From outside, the ancient pub on Falmouth High Street looks smart but unassuming. Walk past the cosy bar, however, and the expansive panoramic windows wrapping round the back wall reveal an incredible vista across the historic harbour.
Cosy banquette booths lining the window are very popular, and there’s something rather special about eating sparklingly fresh fish while watching boats putter by below. Locally caught seafood is always on the menu, but the confident kitchen team also love to cook Cornwall-reared meats and were early adopters of the nose-to-tail philosophy.
The team prepare everything in-house and their skills include butchery, smoking and curing; they also cook over hot coals.
A hyper-seasonal approach means the menus change daily, although hero dishes such as chargrilled market fish with Isle of Wight tomatoes, tarragon, burnt hispi cabbage, aioli and ciabatta crumb, and aged moorland hanger steak with bone marrow butter, pickled onion rings and chips are crowd-pleasing staples.
Trencherman’s tip: get a second helping of the wow-factor views from one of the three contemporary apartments available to rent above the pub.