Our first port of call on our recent trip to Cornwall was to the harbour town of Falmouth. Known for being an artistic hub, filled with colourful buildings and a thriving independent food scene, we were keen to revisit one of our favourite Cornish retreats: The Star & Garter.
The Accommodation: The Star & Garter is a gastropub with the addition of 3 stylish rooms. We had already visited Star & Garter once this year and stayed in their beautiful Penthouse Suite. However, we were keen to see what their other rooms had to offer and therefore stayed in The Crows Nest suite. The Crow’s Nest offers uninterrupted views over Falmouth harbour, as well as a trendy open plan kitchen/lounge, log burner, bathroom and bedroom. Star & Garter are very savvy when it comes to interior design and once again, I was a big fan of their decorative choices; including a beat-up leather armchair, industrial bar stools and a deep red Persian rug. Although, it’s a good thing neither of us are particularly tall because some of the eaves in this suite are quite low!
The Food: The Star & Garter serves a menu of British classics for lunch and dinner, as well as Bottomless Brunch every Saturday and a hearty all-day Sunday roast. They cook their food over an open fire and have adopted a “nose to tail” approach. This allows the kitchen team to pick and choose what goes on the menu each day, ensuring the whole animal is used and everything is as fresh and seasonal as it can be.
We visited on a Sunday and between four of us, we order 3 Roasted Lamb Shoulders (£17pp) and a Dry Aged Moorland Rump (£18). These were served sharing style and arrived at the table on plates piled high with tender meat, vegetables, and mammoth Yorkshire puddings. The portion sizes were very generous (even between 4 of us) and we all surprised ourselves by how quickly we managed to finish our plates!
The Verdict: Star & Garter is well worth a visit next time you’re in Falmouth. Dinner doesn’t come cheap, but the quality of the food and the service speaks for itself. Meanwhile, rooms are affordable, nicely decorated and boast fabulous harbour views.
Find out more: starandgarter.squarespace.com