The Wheel House in Falmouth may be a fairly new face on the Cornwall eating out scene, but it’s already gained itself some brilliant reviews. Flying high at number one on TripAdvisor, the restaurant was also top of The Guardian’s poll of the Top 10 Budget Restaurants in South Cornwall.
This unassuming cafe specialises in serving up local shellfish and it’s fast become something of a Cornwall institution. In fact its weekly paella nights are booked up months in advance. The decor is everything you’d expect from a chic beachside cafe, complete with glowing fairy lights and stripped floors, and there’s something deliciously simple about the menu. All fish is fresh from the local waters, and they even serve up lobster and oysters when they’re available. The menu also boasts mussels, crab, prawns, scallops and much more.
All meals have the added quirk of being served in a Portugal-inspired cataplama (a metal dish) complete with lemon, chive butter, a salad, skinny chips and the choice of two house wines (a red or a white). The dishes have been designed for sharing, and if you order the whole crab you’ll get a rolling pin and a set of crackers to help you make as much mess as you need to. The Wheel House is open from Wednesday to Saturday evenings, and booking in advance is essential.