The Orgia Falmouth

We review Falmouth's newest wine bar and kitchen: The Orgia

Hannah Bevan gives us the lowdown on The Orgia, Falmouth’s newest wine and cheese bar…

The Orgia in a nutshell

This recently opened Parisian-style bar & kitchen specialises in adventurous natural wines and small plates – and is Cornwall’s first restaurant with a dedicated ‘skin contact’ wine list. Nestled amongst creative independent shops and eateries, it’s right in the heart of the bustling coastal town of Falmouth. The Orgia certainly offers something new and refreshing for the town, though the foodie-but-relaxed vibe fits right in.

Atmosphere & service

For me The Orgia hits the right note when it comes to atmosphere. It definitely all has an air of ‘European’ about it – with a playlist to match. The contemporary interiors are calm and intimate, though the layout allows each table to have plenty of space, making it equally suited to both a romantic evening for two or a catch-up with a small group of friends. 

Our server was chilled out but attentive and knowledgeable. She made some helpful (welcomed!) recommendations, particularly when it came to the wine. 

The Orgia Falmouth
The Orgia Falmouth
The Orgia Falmouth

What’s on the menu at The Orgia?

So, the wine list is the star of the show here. And having never tried skin contact orange wines before, I was naturally curious to sample these. Skin contact wine is essentially white wine that’s turned orange because the grape juice has been allowed to stay in contact with the grape skins in maceration for longer. This gives it that distinctive colour and, often, aromas and flavours that are bolder than traditional white wine. There were seven to choose from on the menu and I wasn’t sure where to start – so the server recommended the flight. For £15 this allowed me to try three small glasses of the wines. And it was the perfect way to taste and savour their unique profiles. The Pratsh Gewurtztraimner was my personal favourite, with ‘flavours of quince, orange zest and grapefruit’.

If orange wine isn’t your thing there are plenty of other carefully-selected bottles on the list too, as well some delicious-sounding cocktails (next time I’m going for a frozen margarita). 

The food menu offered a good selection of seasonal small plates, sharing platters and nibbles. The blend of local and European dishes and flavours was evident… think ‘Cornish sardines on toast’ alongside ‘Serrano ham with guindillas and manchego’. We opted for olives and smoked almonds to start, followed by ‘Burrata with pea and mint’, ‘Piquillo peppers with feta and lemon’, ‘Smoked duck rillettes, pickles and sourdough’ (my personal highlight) and to finish, a 3 cheeseboard. We shared everything. The plates were brought out gradually rather than all at once too, at the perfect pace for a relaxed conversation. Three to four plates each (or the Antipasti Sharing Platter) is recommended if you’re hungry, but for the two of us, the amount we ordered was spot-on. We left feeling satisfied but not stuffed! 

The Orgia Falmouth
The Orgia Falmouth
The Orgia Falmouth

Hannah’s verdict

The Orgia is perfect for an evening that feels like a special treat – but without the fuss. And wine-lovers like me will enjoy the fact that the food is the sidekick to the wine, rather than the other way around. 

Need-to-know info

  • Small plates range from £6-£10 each
  • Cheeseboards and sharing Platters range from £14 to £25
  • The wine list is extensive in its offering – and its price range.
  • There are plenty of veggie options but most of them contain cheese of some description, so it’s maybe not the best choice for vegans. 
  • Go to The Orgia’s website for the full menus or to book a table: www.theorgia.com