The Wheel House Crab & Oyster Bar, Falmouth

Locals always know the best place to eat, that’s a fact. Recently I was in Falmouth and found myself asking around as to where it was good to go for food. Pretty much, everyone, I asked said if it was seafood I was after then The Wheel House was the place to go.

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Saturday18:00 – 21:00

They’re open 3 hours an evening for 4 days of the week, not even part-time! This is one of the main issues it’s nigh on impossible to get a reservation.

Book well ahead…

The caveat to all the recommendations is they would then go on to say that there’d be no chance I’d get a reservation. Once again, the locals know their stuff. Open Table was a no go, The concierge I use to get me into places that are booked up couldn’t help. When I rang to make a reservation they said they’re fully booked for the next 2 months. They weren’t even willing to let me buy a reservation slot! The owner could clearly see I wanted a table so she recommended to call in and hope a party may not show up. Fortunately, there was a table available due to a couple leaving earlier than expected but we had 45 mins to get in, order, eat, pay and leave.


As you can see it’s only a small restaurant, and with the opening hours compounded by the quality of food you can see why it’s difficult to get a table.


Coming in from St Mawes ferry dock, head down the main street. Just before you get to a church turn left through a cutting leading down some stairs to an alley. Unless you’re looking for it, you won’t find it.


Straight in with 6 scallops served with lemon and chive butter. £9.95


A large lobster steamed and served with garlic and lemon butter and a side of skinny fries. £33


There’s honestly nothing to it. They run a simple formula, only serve food that’s caught locally (I’d take a stab and say within a 1-mile radius of the restaurant) that day. Don’t add much to it, let the seafood do the talking, provide a hefty amount of bread to mop up all the amazing juices leftover. I challenge you to find a better seafood restaurant.

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