This is the first of a series of articles on the different areas we cover and know intimately: giving you an insight into the places where you might choose to live.
Deciding where to start was easy.
From our spot on the High Street to hidden corners, join us as we share some of our favourite places to visit and things to experience in Falmouth…
For the foodies
We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a foodie hotspot in Falmouth. From cream teas and fish and chips to tapas and fine dining, we’ve got some of the best cafes and restaurants in Cornwall.
We’re big fans of a cream tea at (just make sure you put the jam on first!) This Falmouth institution has been here since the 19th Century and boasts a beautifully refurbished tearoom upstairs and a book-lined, leather-sofa’ed coffee shop in the basement. They do a mean cocktail too.
If you want a special meal out look no further than . Spilling out into the Old Brewery Yard, this hidden gem offers beautifully made and presented dishes using the best Cornish ingredients – and it’s too close by the office for us to resist!
If you are after a good curry then look no further than The Asha and for the freshest shellfish (cooked to perfection every time) be sure to book into The Wheelhouse – but be prepared to wait, demand is so high it usually takes weeks to get a table!
For a good pint of beer or a glass of wine, pop into the Jacobs Ladder Inn (which has recently been subject to a refurbishment), The Boathouse at the top of the High Street which has stunning Harbour views, or The Front at Custom House Quay which has just been taken over by new management. We of course can’t miss out Pennycomequick, and the Seaview Inn which is one of the most traditional pubs around! If you’re into bright coloured cocktails, definitely stop by The Shed and watch the world go by at Events Square – it buzzes in the summer!
Last but not least we should tell you about Stones, an artisan bakery just up the round from us on the High Street. We know their cheese straws very well! Definitely worth a try….
Get your caffeine fix
, our next door neighbour on the High Street, is one of Falmouth’s newest and best coffee shops. Set up by Sam and Alex in 2018, you’ll find super high service levels and beans selected from small speciality roasters around the world.
On the water
Falmouth is famous for its harbour, indeed its success as a town derives from the sea and you’re rarely far away from some kind of maritime connection. The harbour is one of the largest and deepest in the world – and that means there’s lots of boating and watersports activity. Whether you want to moor your boat in the marina, take a sightseeing trip on the Carrick Roads or spot impressive tall ships, luxury yachts and cruise ships when they make port, there’s always something to do and see on the water.
From pools to salty sea swims and courts to courses, you’re spoilt for choice in Falmouth when it comes to sporting options. We’re big fans of which has sea view greens as well as a recently opened sea view clubhouse and bar. There is a resident PGA professional on hand to help you improve your game and if you’re visiting you can book your tee time online.
For the culture vultures
Whether you choose to visit , the , or discovery the collections at , there’s plenty of art, heritage and culture to discover.
One of our favourite spots is , a multi-space live arts venue in the heart of Falmouth. Here you’ll find pottery workshops, sketch clubs, theatre and film showings, music gigs, life drawing classes, the Falmouth history archive and so much more.
Shop till you drop
Boutique and independent shops abound on Falmouth’s lively high street. Visit for carefully selected homewares, unusual paraphernalia, period ironmongery and gifts. Also browse the wonderful Cream Cornwall, founded by Rebecca & Alison, which offers handmade homeware items evocative of Cornwall.
Book lovers can while away the hours browsing the shelves at the independently owned , and maybe even take home a book signed by the author, or combine books and a pint by the fire at the simply glorious .
If fine art is your thing, definitely browse the beautiful contemporary paintings constantly revolving at Beside The Wave – now one of Cornwall’s most well-known art venues. Morgans is a new art & design gallery, owned and run by Ann & Tony alongside their daughters. We love it there, with young and emerging artists being given a platform to showcase their talents.
A lively events calendar
Throughout spring, summer and autumn there seems to be hardly a month without its own Festival in Falmouth. March’s Spring Festival is a multi-location community event that celebrates coast, culture and community. In May the Fal River Festival brings over 150 events varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.
June sums to the tunes of the biggest nautical music and song festival in Europe – the , whilst in August delivers a buzzing atmosphere around sailing races, shoreside events and a visit from the Red Arrows and the in October celebrates the beginning of the oyster season with chef demos, food stalls and family fun.
Check out for more information, events and ideas.
We can’t finish without mentioning the beaches. From the rock pools and secluded coves of Castle Beach to the gentle tides of Swanpool, which are great for sea swimmers, paddle boarders and kids on bodyboards, we’re spoilt for sandy choice. Our largest beach, Gyllyngvase is very popular with families, great for watersports and an easy walk from the town and the shallow waters at Maenporth make this one perfect for a paddle.