Cornwall LivingIssue #111
Falmouth focus 2021
Falmouth is a must-visit destination for anyone hoping to make the most of summer by the sea.
With the hotly anticipated Falmouth Week coming up, we take a look at some of this wonderful town’s best businesses, from hair dressers and secret fashion boutiques, to emporiums of treasures from times gone by, places to pick up a sweet treat and, of course, tempting restaurants drawing on Cornwall’s natural larder.
Fiona Speed Designs
Fiona Speed Designs is a Cornish lifestyle store in Falmouth. Fiona creates colourful contemporary, decorative paintings and designs, all inspired by Falmouth and Fiona’s Cornish maritime heritage. Her approach to life is reflected in her brand motto, ‘Festina Lente – Make Haste Slowly, Dreckly’.
Open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, if you visit the shop, you’ll even get to meet the resident tortoise Dubby – a full size blue Galapagos tortoise model. Dogs (and tortoises) welcome.
Falmouth’s zero waste shop on Webber Street offers an interactive way of shopping that is eco-friendly and plastic free. Refill on organic wholefoods, eco cleaning products and a delicious range of snacks, whilst enjoying a relaxed sunny atmosphere. Or choose from a wide range of plastic free, vegan toiletries and sustainable lifestyle goods, whilst chatting to the knowledgeable team. The peanut butter machine is so much fun and the dispensers make shopping enjoyable for all ages. Bring any container and have a try…
Fudge & More
If you like the sound of devilishly divine Cornish fudge, then Fudge & More is the place to go. Made in Cornwall with the very best ingredients, including top-quality Belgian chocolate, this melt-in-the-mouth fudge is handmade in traditional copper pans, with clotted cream sourced from a local dairy. Nestled on the quay in St Mawes – reachable by road or by ferry from Falmouth – this emporium of foodie delights occupies an equally delightful locale.
Working in gold, silver and a variety of precious gemstones, Mirri Damer’s jewellery takes inspiration from the Cornish coastline that surrounds her. Her designs, celebrated and coveted for their timeless style and low-key luxury look, are all created in her studio and shop on the Old High Street, Falmouth. Contact Mirri for bespoke commissions or even to reuse heirloom gemstones in a piece of contemporary jewellery you will treasure forever.
Falmouth Distilling Co
Distilled in small batches with freshly gathered botanicals, Loveday Falmouth Dry Gin is a delicious celebration of the beautiful part of Cornwall that The Falmouth Distilling Co calls home. Run by two chefs and a scientist, this little distillery on the coast makes small-batch spirits with a focus on incredible flavour, careful craftsmanship and beautiful design, all inspired by the sea, landscape, vibrancy and history of Falmouth. Loveday Falmouth Dry is best served with good quality tonic, plenty of ice and a squeeze of orange.
Bygone Days Trading Co
Custodians of treasures from way back when, Bygone Days Trading stocks a superb collection of retro and vintage items, including those from the local area. From jewellery, collectables and vintage toys, to furniture and militaria, there are more than 10,000 items on display in this emporium of times gone by, so if you, like the team, like to keep history alive, be sure to pop in and see for yourself!
The Four Seas Food Restaurant
With a local, sustainable and seasonal menu of Cornish seafood, you’ll find The Four Seas at A Curious Hall on Webber Street. Promoting and buying from local buyers and producers, everything on the menu here is as fresh as it gets, and with a selection of exclusive seafood dishes, plus the ever popular Lobster Nights, you really won’t be disappointed with a trip to The Four Seas. You can even bring your own wine.
The Four Teas Tearoom
Sister business to The Four Seas Seafood Restaurant & Grill, The Four Teas Tearoom menu features a series of traditional 1940s recipes, championing local growers and producers to offer a vintage take on the classic tearoom experience. Book in to one of the team’s famed 1940s-themed evenings, or simply pop in for an afternoon bite. As well as supporting local producers and close-to-home charities, The Four Teas Tearoom lives by a ‘waste not, want not’ motto, selling surplus produce on sites such as toogoodtogo.co.uk and olioex.com.
This family owned, independent sports shop recently moved to bright new premises in Killigrew Street. Selling high-quality, branded sportswear, swimwear, trainers and sports equipment, this is a one-stop-shop, whatever your sport. They give advice and excellent service to their customers so that you can be assured of selecting the right products. The shop also stocks school uniform for nine local schools and supplies both teamwear and workwear to local clubs, organisations and businesses.
The Juniper Club
The Juniper Club’s Cornwall Gin Superstore can be found on Church Street and is a gin lover’s paradise, stocking over 100 Cornish gins amongst the extensive selection of craft gins from all over the UK and the world. Whilst it can be hard to pick from such a wide and varied selection the friendly team are on hand and happy to help. Whether it’s for you, a friend or to celebrate a special occasion with loved ones, simply tell them what you like and they’ll take care of the rest.
This delightful clothing boutique stocks exclusive fashion labels that are stylish, relaxed and individual, in quality fabrics and with interesting details, for fashion-conscious women. Reflecting the needs of modern lifestyles, the clothes are carefully selected to make you feel feminine and confident. To complement the clothes you can also choose from a range of accessories including jewellery, bags, and scarves. Brands include Masai, Adini, Bamboo Wardrobe, Robell, Goose Island, Alice Collins and Dock and Bay towels and robes. Quote ‘Cornwall Living’ to receive a 10% discount.
Secrets Boutique – 01326 210081
Bow Fashion Accessories
Whether you are looking to treat yourself to a new leather bag, purse or wallet or a special occasion hat or accessory, at Bow you’ll be able to find exactly what you need. The kaleidoscope of colours in stock mean you can accessorise in style. Browse the wide range of leather goods on the ground floor or venture upstairs to view the extensive range of glorious hats and shoes for weddings and other events; you can even have shoes dyed to match any colour!
Hand-crafted locally in Cornwall, award-winning Alchemy Tiles is the only handmade tile company to create beautiful hand-carved inlay tiles for those who want something unique and personal. From individual tiles to bespoke interior designs, every tile is carved freehand by artist Mel Chambers, whose inspiring images and words create a unique tile that is at once a thing of beauty and inspiration and a work of art that can never be replicated. The tiles are something to admire every day and be held eternally in earth and time.
The Moth and Moon
Originally established as The Stonemasons inn in 1861, this has been a well-known and loved Falmouth hostelry for many years. Today, Matt and Jess welcome you to enjoy newly named, The Moth & The Moon, their lovingly refurbished, cosy Killigrew Street alehouse. Set over two floors, with a pavement terrace to the front and three-tier beer garden to the rear, you can expect to sample the best Cornish beers and ciders alongside a carefully curated selection of organic wines.
Roly’s Fudge Pantry
We highly recommend a stop-off at Roly’s Fudge Pantry with its wide range of artisan, homemade ‘proper’ fudge, made from all-natural ingredients – there are no additives here and you can even see the fudge being made. With loads of flavours to choose from, including some that are vegan approved and lactose free, with this award-winning fudge know you’ll be getting a taste sensation. Better still, you can experience a sweet taste of Cornwall wherever you are with worldwide postage available and weddings and other events catered for. To find out more, call 01326 319111.
After a few hours spent exploring this fabulous waterside town, you’re sure to have worked up a sharp sea-air appetite. Fortunately, Restaurant Four has you covered, championing local ingredients to create honest, flavoursome food. This has always been a passion for Head Chef and owner, Matt, and upon tucking into your choice from the menu, you’ll quickly see why Restaurant Four’s use of Cornwall’s natural larder has proven such a huge hit among Falmouth’s foodies.
This wonderful retake on a traditional inn has over 200 years of history. Dine in style at the restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed environment using locally sourced ingredients. The well-stocked bar, with its range of lagers, ales, ciders and spirits, also has an extensive wine and exciting cocktail list and when the weather’s fine you can enjoy your drink in one of the two delightful gardens. Don’t want to leave? You don’t need to as the inn boasts ten individual, contemporary rooms including large, airy en-suites overlooking the estuary.