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“What a great place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe

Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe
Ranked #3 of 220 Restaurants in Truro
Price range: $12 - $27
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Thank you if you reviewed our seafood cafe. We would love to see you again and if you would like to reserve a table please book online, or call the restaurant, as tables are on a first come basis. Our menus are changed seasonally to enable us to utilise the best and freshest local ingredients. Have a look at our delicious Winter 2016 Menu now. We appreciate the market is demanding simple local produce and unhurried service and, although our dishes are dominated by fresh fish and seafood, we now offer a non fishy and vegetarian option. We work closely with our suppliers and fishermen to make sure the fish we serve is caught in the least wasteful way which can mean line-caught fish, pot-caught seafood or fish caught in gill nets with big holes in them so they only catch the larger fish and let the small ones through. We try only to serve fish and seafood when it is in actually in season. That's why there's no lobster and crab on the menu in the winter. You will never see tuna or shark on our menu because we don't believe you should import fish from other countries when we have perfectly good alternatives here. We also avoid using fish which are being over-stretched. And finally we may not always have everything on the menu. Sometimes the fish don't bite, or come late into season, have too much roe or are not big enough for us to feel comfortable about buying them. It's the price we have to pay to do the right thing and we'll always try and have an alternative. Come and enjoy a quintessentially British approach to oyster consumption in our elegant venue in the stunning grade II listed Castle Villa building on Castle Street, Truro, with its romantic setting overlooking Truro River. The unpretentious surroundings are matched by an easy-drinking wine list, wonderful local seafood and much more. The food in the Seafood Cafe is prepared by our head chefs Garrie Lawrence and Valerie Thomson in our open kitchen while you watch and wait and the rugged oyster fishermen of the River Fal peer down from the walls in print while you eat. The menu is typically seasonal and the signature oysters and seafood are principally sourced from around Cornwall and the West Country. The more ambitious will take time to enjoy Plateau de Fruits de Mer, fresh crab salad, local lobster and mussels, Fish of the Day and many other things on the menu to fill a gap at less than ten pounds a plate. "The informality of the Seafood Cafe makes it a great meeting place. My main aim is for customers to leave with smiles on their faces - I love it when customers compliment the food and the service. I think a hands-on approach helps to keep both staff and customers happy."
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“What a great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

I can see why this rates at the very top of the restaurants in and around Truro. Absolutely fabulous food, great environment, including background music, and lovely, friendly staff (of two). We went there for the first time for lunch on Tuesday, and returned on Thursday. We will certainly be back next time we are in Truro. It was so good, I almost hugged the cook! Very highly recommended.

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Redruth, England, United Kingdom
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“Better than the Med”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Excellent seafood, competently prepared and cooked to order! Following a recent trip to the Greek Island of Corfu I was bitterly disappointed with Greek fish and seafood dishes, which cannot in any way compete with Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe's delicious locally sourced seafood. A high standard of service makes it by far and away the best in the west ! Highly recommended

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“The Best Fish Restaurant in the UK?.... The World???”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

This place is extraordinary. I don’t often go to the same restaurant two nights running but, after one meal here, I knew that anywhere else in Truro was simply bound to be a disappointment. On both occasions, we’d come from a depressing day of hospital visiting and left on an absolute high – partly thanks to the sensational food and partly thanks to the warmth of welcome. Valerie Thomson’s sense of humour did us every bit as much good as her cooking!
It’s 100% run by Valerie and her daughter, Vicky, has only about 16 covers and is very unstuffy, yet the stylish little dining room and ultra-professional service would shame many supposedly smarter addresses. There’s a short list of “specials” (3 or 4 starters, mains and puds), plus some regular standards. There are a few non-fish starters on the regular menu and they’re happy to do a meat main course too, if they have notice. Fish, however, is obviously what you should come here for. Fish and other seafood, that is.
Without exaggeration, we had (a) the best scallops I’ve ever known, both in terms of the quality of the product and the recipe (roasted or fried, I’m not sure, in prosciutto and served with a watercress sauce); (b) the best lobster bisque ever, complete with generous whole lobster pieces and (c) the best dover sole ever – the fillet thicker and meatier than most whole fish – served with a superb champagne sauce. No room for pudding, sadly. Prices seemed no more expensive than any other remotely serious place in the town, but the value for money infinitely better. The wine list is short but the Muscadet and Macon Lugny that we tried were both well chosen.
The whole experience utterly wonderful. Only a hug for the chef seemed adequate thanks. (And I don’t do that often either!)

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“Beautiful food and lovely staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Once again had a beautiful meal here last night , myself and my 15 guests all were extremely happy with the delicious food served . Great service , Vicky and val are brilliant hosts . I would definitely recommend this lovely little restaurant .

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“Amazing food and great service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

We went here for a friends birthday and I have to say it was a lovely evening! The food is fabulous and so is the service! I love the atmosphere here, already planning when to go back! Thank you for such a wonderful evening.

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