Alongside the pub a secluded doorway lets you through to a French navy blue stairwell and two flights of stairs take you up to The Penthouse. Entering the huge open-plan sitting room and kitchen, your eyes are immediately drawn to the view as one side of the room is entirely made up of windows through which Falmouth harbour is displayed. Even without the spectacular view, the flat itself is fantastic. The white walls and white subway kitchen tiles are fresh and modern and the colour pop of the blue kitchen units and pot plants is funky and striking. There are wooden floors throughout and at the back of the apartment, on the street side, is the vast bedroom and en suite bathroom. There’s plenty of storage, the bathroom is compact but has everything you need with an excellent shower.
Luther thought the flat was fantastic and ran around squealing with delight. The big soft, grey L-shaped sofa made a great feature to run round and round and the wall-mounted smart TV was a revelation to him. He couldn’t believe that Wanda and the Alien could be so enormous or that he could get so close to them!
As locations go it’s about as central to Falmouth as you can get, but despite that there’s next to no noise, even with the pub two floors below. The view over Falmouth Harbour is stunning and once the toddler was in bed we sat watching the light fade over the water. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail or two – all conveniently available downstairs, where Ollie the barman shakes some great ones.
The Star and Garter benefits from the same spectacular views out over the harbour, and the food is richly deserving of its numerous awards. We enjoyed a long lunch whilst our little one entertained himself drawing and gazing at the sea. We had several small plates from the ‘Nibbles’ section of the menu to start including fennel salami and – a particular favourite of mine – Padron peppers with smoked salt, a taste I acquired whilst living in Istanbul. Served on brightly coloured, Mediterranean-style, hand painted plates, they didn’t disappoint.
Next up was a plate of broad beans and English pecorino on bruschetta – the beans had been smashed up and mixed with torn mint leaves, and the grated cheese on top had a good nutty flavour. The best part of the meal for the husband was the Star andGarter ploughmans served on a circular wooden board. The Keens cheddar was delicious and served at the perfect temperature, the mutton shoulder was pulled and tender, locally baked Stones’ bread, an apple, apricot, watercress, chutney and house preserved pickled peas and fennel made for a memorable classic. The other half declared that he “could eat that every day!”
As if I didn’t love Falmouth enough already. The Star and Garter has given me yet another reason to return.
The Star and Garter hosted us for our stay and lunch. Views are my own as always.