I’ve hesitated a few times about writing this article – The Wheel House in Falmouth is so damn good and gets booked up so far in advance, I really wanted to keep it all to myself. But it’s so good, you should really know about it.
Do you like shellfish? If the answer is no, this place is not for you. If yes, you are in for a sublime treat. Phone to reserve right now – there’s no online form, no website and all you’ll get is an answer phone telling you with a bit of luck they have some space available. The number is 01326 318050.
This is by far the best shell fish restaurant I have ever been to. No nonsense, no frills, messy, tasty, fresh and local. The crabs, mussels, oysters & lobster are brought to your table inside a wonderful Portuguese cataplanas (lidded metal bowl), with the option of skinny salty fries or French bread. Superb. Unbeatable. Fantastic.
The reasonably priced crabs are listed on the blackboard, and when they’re gone they are gone. Spider crabs are particularly tricky to crack, but the ridiculously friendly staff will show some nifty techniques and provide bib and finger bowl. Wine is red or white, coffee is black or white and a beer is a beer. It’s loud, cosy and fun. 24 hours ago the shellfish was in the river or sea 10 miles away or less – what more can you ask for?
Ruan Dinas, River Fal, sleeps 6
Chy Gwel Enys, Mullion Cove, sleeps 8-10
St.Petry, Goldsithney, sleeps 6