Established in 2008, The Seafood Café began life sharing the ground floor of an impressive Georgian building on Castle Street. With customers queuing out the door, it was necessary to expand, and the perfect space became available – just over the road as it happened. In November last year, the Thompsons, mother Valerie and her two daughters Victoria and Charlotte, began renovating; transforming what was previously a kitchen showroom, into a beautiful new dining space.
Designed by Victoria, putting her eye for detail and degree in fashion to great use, the new restaurant feels like a luxury trip to the seaside. Candles nestled between seashells and sand sit in glass jars atop wooden tables with wrought iron bases. Black glass chandeliers twist down from the ceiling and feature walls are papered with black and white print of beachside scenes. Through the enormous sash windows overlooking the lawn, a group of women sat sipping white wine in the sun. They remained there after dark, resisting the chill by wrapping up in their jackets with milky coffees.
Valerie took a break from cooking up a storm in the kitchen to have a chat with me about what visitors can expect. She explained that the move not only meant a significant increase in capacity, but in workforce too. Growing from three staff, to “six and a half”, they were now able to hold events. Who wouldn’t love their seafood to be accompanied by live jazz from Swingology and a glass of bubbly? Not wanting to loose the intimacy of their first space, the new restaurant was designed with this in mind. A place to relax and have the best from the boats brought to your table, often with a hello from Valerie herself.
While waiting for dinner to arrive, tummies rumbling, we were given a welcome treat: a taster of the fish soup. I’m no soup lover ordinarily, but espresso-sized, delicious and with a piece of crusty white bread, it was devoured in seconds. Moments later, our order arrived. My choice, monkfish wrapped in parma ham, with garlic mash and mariniere sauce was beautifully presented and just as delectable when devoured. Boyfriend opted, (with much encouragement from me, I was desperate to see it,) for the Fisherman’s Platter. Said platter arrived on a raised metal frame, contents spilling eagerly over the edges. He blissfully devoured langoustines, clams, oysters, squid, crab claws, crevettes, scallops, mussels, and a baby octopus, often chatting to the little fellas as he did so. I’ve never seen him look happier.
The Falmouth Bay Seafood Café certainly benefits from its new surroundings. With Valerie and Victoria’s welcoming company and conversation, you feel perfectly at home whilst knowing you are eating the freshest Cornish seafood. With impeccable service in a setting that is high-end and carefully thought out, if you like your baby octopus with a personal touch, this is the place.