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Simply put the Fal River is a foodie’s heaven. In the summer, head down to one of Falmouth’s waterfront pubs and enjoy a pint and bite to eat while sitting on the waters edge watching the world go by. I can recommend The Chainlocker, Quayside and The Front on Custom House Quay. I also advise friends to head up to the Boathouse which enjoys panoramic harbour views and a great menu. For a special occasion or evening meal, Smugglers Cottage on the upper Fal River is a favourite, alternatively Indaba on the Beach takes some beating on a sunny day, overlooking the turquoise waters of Falmouth Bay. Steve Skinner Skinner’s Brewery


FOOD AND DRINK 90 EATING OUT The best restaurants and cafĂŠs around the 12 River Fal. 14 97 SHOPS & DELIS The finest Cornish produce at affordable prices. TRADITIONAL PUBS 98 Local ales & food in the best locations.

Indaba on The Beach, Swanpool, Falmouth p92

Lunch in St Mawes Hotel p95



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15th century Smugglers cottage is con-

contemporary Tea Bar or a relaxed

sidered one of the Fal’s great beauty

lunch or evening meal using fresh local

“Everything that’s special about Cornwall is encapsulated here”

spots and a haven for those exploring

ingredients in the cottage. Watch river life

Cornish Guardian

the river by sail, paddle, cycle or car.

unfold before you from our large outdoor

Tolverne, Philleigh, Near Truro,TR2 5NG

Nestled below Tregothnan Estate’s

seating area and elevated tea gardens.

Telephone: 01872 580309 / 520000

private botanical gardens, you can see

Events will include barbeques, music


the only tea grown in the UK thriving

nights, weekly Sunday roasts and a fes-

Near: King Harry Ferry

on the opposite banks.

tive Jubilee tea party. Subscribe to our


On the map: E5 p120 @SmugglersTeaBar

Hotel Tresanton

The dining room has a calm and cool

Tresanton offers a magical setting for a

Mediterranean atmosphere with a mo-

family celebration or a small wedding.

“Its modest entrance belies the glamour that lies beyond”

saic floor and tongue and groove walls. It

The hotel is available for exclusive use in

Daily Mail

has a terrace on two sides where lunch,

the quieter season.

drinks and candlelit dinners are served

St Mawes, Cornwall, TR2 5DR

in the summer and whenever the tem-

Open to non residents for afternoon

perate climate allows.

cream teas and light lunches, dinners and


Sunday Barbecues during the summer.

In: St Mawes

Telephone: 01326 270055 On the map: p123





CafĂŠs & Restaurants

The Quarterdeck at The Nare

Visit our website for more information

The Quarterdeck Restaurant makes the

the fish of the day. The Quarterdeck has

Get There: From Tregony take the A3078

most of the stunning sea views overlook-

been decorated with style, following the

to St Mawes. Follow the road for 1 mile

ing Gerrans Bay and Nare Head. Open all

elegance of J Class yachting and is very

and then take first left to Veryan. Continue

day for morning coffee, light luncheons,

much in keeping with the traditional feel

through Veryan for another mile towards

Cornish cream teas and relaxed din-

of the Nare. The design incorporates a

the sea and The Nare Hotel.

ing in the evening. The cuisine focuses

teak deck, panelling and an impressive

Nare Hotel, Veryan In Roseland, TR2 5PF

on seafood favourites such as moules,

antique J Class model yacht called

Telephone: 01872 500000

crabcakes and seafood platters as well as



hot dishes of calf’s liver and bacon and www.falriver.co.uk/fooddrinks

Near: Truro

On the map: H7 p121



The Flying Fish Restaurant

The Greenbank Hotel - Harbourside Restaurant

An award winning restaurant in Falmouth

Perched on the edge of one of the

innovative touches every dish promises

with stunning sea views, offering an

world’s largest natural harbours, our

to fire the imagination and palate.

exciting range of dishes with a special

bright, stylish Harbourside Restaurant

emphasis on fresh fish, seafood and

is the perfect place to enjoy the bounty

seasonal Cornish ingredients.

of the Southwest’s waters. Sumptuous

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, TR11 4NB

red mullet, famous Falmouth Bay oys-


Telephone: 01326 312707

ters and succulent skate all regularly

In: Falmouth


compete for attention on our locally


sourced, seasonal menu. Bursting with


In: Falmouth

On the map: p122

Harbour View

Harbourside, Falmouth, TR11 2SR Telephone: 01326 312440 On the map: p122

Indaba on the Beach

This independent restaurant/cafe/bar

7 days a week for breakfast, lunch,

Taking the successful formula of Indaba

is located in the heart of Falmouth

afternoon tea, dinner or just drinks.

fish in Truro the restaurant has opened

with fantastic views over the harbour.

Childcare facilities. Private functions.

up in the stunning location of Swanpool

Whatever time of day, you will always

Alfresco dining on spacious deck.

Falmouth. Serving fresh seafood daily. Quality wines and a relaxed atmosphere.

find a warm welcome and a relaxed informal atmosphere. The seasonal

24 Arwenack Street, TR11 3JB

Swanpool, Falmouth, TR11 5BG

menus and daily specials offer the best

Telephone: 01326 315315

Telephone: 01326 311886

of local produce and a good balance of



fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. Open

In: Falmouth


On the map: p122

/Indaba Fish

Food served Monday to Sunday / lunch and dinner


FOOD & DRINK Cafés & Restaurants

Harbour Lights Restaurant: Award Winning Fish & Chips

“For a lovely treat grab some Fish & Chips and hop on the ferry to St Mawes, enjoy your meal on the beautiful crossing before washing it down with a cold drink in one of the waterside pubs or cafes in St Mawes.”

Owners Pete & Sue Fraser want all cus-

accessible to all. Home of the famous

tomers of the family run family friendly

kids bucket meal, Free spade with every

Harbour Lights to leave with the biggest

empty bucket! Warmest of welcomes

of smiles on their faces. Their award

awaits you.

sustainable sources and they are currently

Arwenack Street, Falmouth, TR11 3LH

Beverley Hayward,

the only MSC certified restaurant in

Telephone: 01326 316934

King Harry Ferry

Cornwall. The restaurant has stunning


views of Falmouth Harbour and is

In: Falmouth

We are a friendly harbour-side restaurant

Our relaxed ground floor is ideal for

in St Mawes. Chef/Owner Will Gould

a bite to eat after a walk on the beach

“Superb food, good service - a real treasure”

puts together seasonal menus and

(dogs welcome) and our upstairs tables

daily specials using the freshest local

are extremely popular for our views

ingredients. We serve breakfast, lunch,

across St Mawes Harbour.

cream tea, and dinner or join us on

If you are looking for something on the


Sundays for our famous Watch House

go, our Watch Out take-away window

In: St Mawes

Roast Lunch.

serves sustainably sourced fish and chips,


as well as coffee, teas, and ice cream.


winning fish and chips use fish from fully

On the map: p122

Watch House


1 The Square, St Mawes, TR2 5DG Telephone: 01326 270038 On the map: p123



Meudon Hotel’s “Vine Restaurant”

St Mawes Hotel

Beautifully situated in-between Falmouth

shade. Classic Sunday roasts and intimate

Quayside cafe, bar and restaurant in St

and Helford Rivers where sub-tropical

candlelit dinners are served in the elegant

Mawes, unique and tempting selection

gardens sweep down to the sea. This

conservatory restaurant where you may

of food, drink and fresh coffee with a

former Fox country house & garden, cre-

dine beneath a fruiting vine.

personal touch.

ators of nearby Glendurgan and Trebah,

Maenporth Road, Mawnan Smith, TR11 5HT

now opens for a lazy morning coffee or

Telephone: 01326 250541

Marine Parade, St Mawes, TR2 5DW

Cornish cream teas. Alternatively hike the


Telephone: 01326 270266

south west coast path and stop for a light

Near: Falmouth

lunch relaxing in the garden under a sun-


On the map: A10p120 @ MeudonHotel

www.stmaweshotel.co.uk In: St Mawes

On the map: p123

Gylly Beach Cafe

Sat on Falmouth’s famous Gyllyngvase

or evening meal using the finest local

Price range:

beach, over looked by Pendennis castle

Cornish ingredients with a culinary

£5.25 - £17 for main meals

and with fantastic views of the lizard


Opening times:

peninsula is the Gylly Beach Cafe.

9 - late 364 days a year This family run award winning cafe is

Open throughout the year the cafe is

simply striving to serve the best locally

Gyllyngvase Beach, Cliff Road, TR11 4PA

the ideal place to enjoy everything

sourced food in a friendly and relaxed

Telephone: 01326 312884

from a relaxing coffee with a home-



made cake to a tasty lunchtime treat


In: Falmouth

On the map: p122


FOOD & DRINK Cafés & Restaurants

Rick Stein’s Fish, Seafood Bar & Deli



Rick Stein’s Fish on Discovery Quay

with Guindillo Peppers and Chorizo,

a range of Rick Stein-branded products

serves cod and haddock together with a

and a Cornish Fish Stew. There will

and gifts to take back home.

variety of local fish like hake, monkfish,

also be whole fish roasted in our

John Dory and bass in batter and deep

charcoal oven and rib eye steaks too.

Reservations for the Seafood Bar can be

fried in beef dripping to make it really

You can sit at the bar and watch him

made for lunch and dinner.

crisp. You can also try whole roasted fish

cook while you eat, or book a table. Unfortunately, we don’t take reservations

from the charcoal oven which gives a delicious barbequed flavour as well as

Then there’s Stein’s Deli just opposite,

at Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips, but pop

homemade chips, curry sauce, mushy

stocking ingredients such as homemade

along and we’ll find you a table as soon

peas and mayonnaise-based tartare

mayonnaise, curry pastes, hummus and

as we can.


pesto, alongside quality produce like Tywardreath sausages, Maynard’s Farm

Rick Stein’s Seafood Bar is located

bacon and Inverawe smoked salmon.

above Rick Stein’s Fish. Head chef Paul

Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR11 3AX Telephone: 01841 532700

Ripley is running a sort of seafood tapas

The deli also has a wide range of freshly


menu with such things as Creamed Leeks

baked bread, pasties, sandwiches, pastries

In: Falmouth

and Smoked Haddock on Toast, Scallops

and cakes which are all homemade and


On the map: p122




Picnic Boat

The Garden Room

Blue Dolphin was formerly owned by

collect and drop off to suit you. For more

Traditional homemade menu offering

Prince Charles (Duke of Cornwall) for

information please see the website. Your

lunches, dinner, pre-show meals, Sunday

service on the Isles of Scilly. She is a

skipper can provide information on the

lunch, snacks & refreshments. Free parking.

very large and stable motor launch

area if you would like.

Open daily from 11am. Lunch 12-2pm, Dinner 6.30-9pm. (Non season times may vary.)

that is licensed to carry 12 passengers. We invite you to charter her for 2 or 4

King Harry Ferry, Feock, Truro, TR3 6QJ

Princess Pavilion, 41 Melvill Road, TR11 4AR

hours either with your own picnic or

Telephone: 01872 861914

Telephone: 01326 211222

one we can provide. We can tailor the



trip to suit your requirements and can

Price: From £250

In: Falmouth

Sandpipers Restaurant (Best Western Falmouth Beach Hotel)

On the map: E5 p122

Halwyns Tea Garden

Found opposite Gyllyngvase Beach

just £12.50 per person or book an

Halwyn’s is a real old fashioned Tea Gar-

within Best Western Falmouth Beach

evening table for an elegant dinner.

den set on the banks of the River Fal. You

Hotel, Sandpipers Restaurant offers a refined dining experience, serving beautifully-prepared seasonal Table

can enjoy a light lunch and a cup of loose Gyllyngvase Beach, TR11 4NA

leaf tea, a slice of home-made cake or a

Telephone: 01326 310500

fresh scone with clotted cream and jam.

d’Hote dishes and delicious traditional


Halwyn, Old Kea, Truro. TR3 6AW

carvery, accompanied by an extensive

In: Falmouth

Telephone: 01872 272152

On the map: C9 p120

global wine list. Enjoy a hearty three



course carvery roast every Sunday for


In: Truro


On the map: N2 p121


FOOD & DRINK Délis & Pubs

Cafe Chandlers

Lobbs Farm Shop at Heligan

Our award-winning shop is stocked

delicatessen specialises in local cheeses

Quayside cafe in St Mawes, unique and

with an abundance of the finest Cornish

& cold meats and also offers a range

tempting selection of food, drink and

& Westcountry produce & our latest

of our own delicious homemade pies

fresh coffee with a personal touch.

achievement is the ‘Taste of the West

& salads.

On-line Retailer of the Year 2011’

Heligan, St Ewe, PL26 6EN

award. Our farm has won the National

Telephone: 01726 844411

The Quay, St Mawes, TR2 5AA

Silver Lapwing Competition. The butchery


Telephone: 01326 270998

retails the family’s own produced beef &

Near: St Austell

lamb from our Cornish pastures. The


On the map: M4 p121 @lobbsfarmshop

www.cafechandlers.co.uk In: St Mawes

On the map: p123

Courtyard Deli

Truro & Falmouth Farmers Markets

Come along and visit the producers at

you could want for your gourmet feast

Hidden away, the Courtyard Deli, Cafe &

the vibrant Truro & Falmouth Farmers

or healthy, day to day family foods…

Tapas Bar boasts a whole host of delights,

Markets, where you’ll find the freshest

direct from the producers. Truro Farmers

local and exotic, with a variety of options

tastes, finest foods and the friendliest of

Market every Wednesday & Saturday.

to suit all manner of dietary requirements

welcomes. Under our bright green and

Falmouth Farmers Market every Tuesday.

to eat in or take-away.

white stalls, explore a real feast for the

Truro Market, The Piazza, Lemon Quay, Truro

2 Bells Court, Falmouth. TR11 3AZ

senses with a wonderful array of local

Falmouth Market, The Moor, Falmouth

Telephone: 01326 319526

foods – the ultimate opportunity to



enjoy the best of Cornish produce. All

In: Truro


On the map: E3 p120





Kings Head

Pandora Inn The Pandora Inn is back and even better than before!

Set in the beautiful Roseland country-

Voted in the Saturday Times as one of

Opening times:

side. A traditional owner run free house,

the 50 best places to eat in the British

10.30am – 11pm every day

serving Skinner’s Ales with an imagina-


Food served:

tive menu, using fresh, local ingredients.

10.30am to 9.30pm every day of the week

All dishes made on the premises! Kings Head, Ruan Lanihorne, TR2 5NX

Pandora Inn, Restronguet Creek

Offering a warm welcome, attentive

Telephone: 01872 501263

Telephone: 01326 372678

and friendly service with wonderful



local food.

Near: Tregony

In: Restronguet Creek

On the map: H5p120

On the map: D6 p120


Old Quay Inn

This long established traditional pub, at

well-chosen wines and local beers to

A pretty, thatched traditional pub and

the head of Restronguet Creek, adjacent

enjoy and the garden could be called

restaurant with masses of character both

to the coast-to-coast trail, is enjoying

Devoran’s best-kept secret. Families and

inside and out. Open every day and food

a renaissance under owners Hannah

man’s best friends welcome. Open from

served from 12 noon to 2.30pm and 6pm

and John Calland. Chef Alex, who trained

11am daily.

to 9pm daily.

at The Ivy, creates seriously good food,

St John’s Terrace, Devoran, TR3 6ND

Punchbowl and Ladle, Penelewey, Feock

weaving together the best of local pro-

Telephone: 01872 863142

Telephone: 01872 862237

duce into an imaginative daily specials



menu with a modern twist. There are

In: Devoran

Near: King Harry Ferry


On the map: C3 p120

On the map: p123



Pubs and Breweries

St Austell Ales

Skinner’s Brewery

The True Taste of Cornwall

including a record three times supreme

Discover the secrets of brewing on our

Skinner’s Brewery is an independent,

champion of the South West and Betty

brewery tours. Sampling sessions,

family-run brewery in Truro revered

Stogs was selected as the CAMRA Cham-

guided tours, visitor centre and shop.

for the distinct hoppy aromas of its

pion Best Bitter of Great Britain 2008.

beers. We use only the finest ingredients,

Riverside, Newham Road, Truro, TR1 2DP

including whole hops and malted barley

Telephone: 01872 271885

63 Trevarthian Road, St Austell, PL25 4 BY

grown within six miles of the brewery.


Telephone: 01726 66022

Skinner’s ales have won more awards than


any other brewery in the West Country,


www.staustellbrewery.co.uk @betty_stogs

In: St Austell

On the map: N2 p121

The Garden - St Anthony Head

The Ferryboat Inn

Winners of Cornwall Life’s ‘Best

“farm to plate” philosophy, often with

Offering hot and cold drinks, light lunches,

Country Pub 2011 award” , this

little or nothing coming between you

cream teas and Cornish ice cream,

traditional beachside inn combines

and the food they serve. Open seven

The Garden sits at a stunning cliff top

the breath taking location of Helford

days a week in peak season.

location. Now with a licensed bar, it is

Passage with a fresh and simple approach

Helford Passage, Falmouth, TR11 5LB

perfect for every occasion.

to food to create a perfect family day

Telephone: 01326 250625

‘In the country - above the sea...’

out. Owned by the Wright brothers of


Wardens Cottage, St Anthony Head, TR2 5HA

the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm,

In: Helford Passage

Telephone: 01872 580510

the Ferryboat Inn takes pride in its www.falriver.co.uk/fooddrinks


Near: Portscatho

On the map: N2 p121


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Fal River Area Guide 2012 - Part 4 - Food & Drink  

Our hand picked selection of great places to eat and drink around the Fal River in Cornwall

Fal River Area Guide 2012 - Part 4 - Food & Drink  

Our hand picked selection of great places to eat and drink around the Fal River in Cornwall


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