It’s rather hard to put The Star & Garter into a box. On one hand it’s pitched as a laidback ‘gastropub’ and on the other it boasts a handful of boutique guest rooms complete with striking harbour views. From the outside, the pub is most intriguing. Neatly slotted between two antique shops, one can’t help but notice its quirky, offbeat signage. Something about the place certainly stands out from the crowd and when you step inside the magic continues with its deep blue walls, unique art and cosy atmosphere.
Accommodation at The Star & Garter
We opted to stay in the Penthouse Suite during our visit to The Star & Garter and were pleasantly surprised to find that the top room could be booked for only £100 a night during off-peak season (it’s usually £170). This top floor suite is composed of a generously sized bedroom, an open-plan living kitchen and living space, and a modestly sized bathroom. Everything about the place was fabulous – not least the unspoiled views of Falmouth harbour from the lounge and kitchen – and we loved all the little design elements courtesy of brands such as Oliver Bonas and Anthropologie. The pubs nautical theme is continued throughout its rooms and we couldn’t stop admiring the beautiful Nightingale Tree linocut by local artist Felix Packer.
When you book one of the rooms at Star & Garter you should expect to pay a small deposit in advance and then the full amount upon arrival. For some people, this might be a touch off-putting. However, in hindsight, I completely understand their reasoning for this. The rooms at Star & Garter are set above the pub and function somewhat autonomously from the restaurant below. It’s not dissimilar to a luxurious Airbnb.
I really can’t fault the rooms at The Star & Garter for the price we paid. No details were left unnoticed. They even left a loaf of fresh bread and cakes as a welcome gesture; while the fridge was stocked with fresh milk for coffee and butter for toast. What’s more, the blind in our bedroom was temporarily broken, so by way of apology, they offered us a complimentary bottle of wine! It’s little gestures such as these that really make a place stand out to me and show that it knows how to treat its customers. For self-catering rooms, The Star & Garter gets a 10/10 from me.
Food & Drink at The Star & Garter
The Star & Garter serves a menu of British classics for lunch and dinner, as well as a hearty Sunday roast (served 12-3pm and 6pm – 9pm). The restaurant treads a careful line between laidback and formal, with a very relaxed ambiance but careful attention to detail throughout. While it’s certainly not fine dining, you are still made to feel like you’re in capable hands.
As we were visiting on a Sunday, we were able to try their Sunday Roast offerings. Joined by two friends, we ordered 3 Roasted Lamb Shoulders (£17pp) and a Dry Aged Moorland Rump (£18) between us. Portions were served ‘sharing style’, meaning that platters piled high with tender meat, vegetables and mammoth Yorkshire puddings arrived all at once. The portion sizes were extremely generous, even between 4 of us. The meat was melt-in-the-mouth delicious and the roasties were crisped to perfection. Washed down with wines from their impressive drinks list, we all polished our plates off with no complaints.
Things to do in Falmouth
Falmouth has a thriving artistic community and there are plenty of galleries to browse during your stay. Personally, I was so lovestruck with the print on the Penthouse wall that I had to go and seek out the artist responsible for it and inquire about purchasing my own! Likewise, I walked past lots of antique shops and coffee houses during our stay which looked like great places to visit. Alternatively, I recommend just taking a stroll along the pier and soaking up the harbourside vibes. I guarantee you’ll leave wanting to explore more of what Falmouth has to offer.
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