Something very exciting happened last week which meant cause for a celebratory meal at the Chain Locker in Falmouth!
On Thursday 31st January, my house sale finally completed!
The whole process has taken well over a year and a half to happen, with many complications in between including a lengthy legal battle and court case, but I am so pleased to say it’s finally over and done with and my ex and I (who originally bought the house together just over 4 years ago) can finally move on with our lives. At some point I may share a slightly more detailed version of the story, but for now I’m just basking in the joy of not having the responsibility of a whole other house to look after in my life, and I can just focus on being with Alex in a our beautifully renovated bungalow.
SO obviously after all that, I was keen to celebrate on Thursday evening with a nice meal with Alex and of course my closest friend who has been alongside me through the thick and thin of it all, Olivia. Along with her partner Tom, the four of us met up in Falmouth and headed to the Chain Locker for the evening!
Olivia had mentioned Chain Locker to me a few months ago and suggested we should go there together; quite unbelievably I’ve never been, even though it’s a super popular spot in Falmouth. Perched on the quayside and owned by St Austell Brewery, the building is pretty huge! With a large pub downstairs, a contemporary restaurant upstairs, plus a few bedrooms for Falmouth visitors to stay the night, Chain Locker has plenty to offer – plus a delicious and very reasonably priced menu!
On a summer’s evening you can come here and look out the huge windows across the quay or out to the harbour and beyond, but being late January, it was still sadly quite dark at 7pm, but it still felt lovely and cosy inside the restaurant area with its high pitched roof and exposed beams.
For starters, I chose the calamari with sweet chilli sauce, which was so good! Calamari can often be quite chewy but in this case it was great – and perfectly seasoned too. Tom had the fish cakes and Olivia had the mussels, while Alex had the Duck Terrine to start.
You’ll notice I often don’t include photos of Olivia’s food when we go out… she is dairy and gluten intolerant, so she has to have an edited menu, and sometimes I joke that her food just ‘doesn’t look as pretty’. #NotSorry.
It’s also because I don’t want people to scan past the photos and assume that those dishes are the standard menu as it’s not a good representation of what you would actually get when you order BUT, it is always worth mentioning when a restaurant handles her dietary requirements well – and Chain Locker is one of those restaurants. Their menu has plenty of gluten free options as well as vegan, and they were happy to make her mussels dairy free – for example.
For main course, I had the full portion of mussels, while Tom and Alex both had the red thai fish curry and Olivia had the chicken burger. For some reason my camera never saved the photo I took of my mussels but rest assured they were absolutely delicious! Honestly even Alex said that the white wine/cream sauce it came with was one of the best he’s ever had (and he’s pretty fussy). I’d definitely go back to have their seafood again.
For the 4 of us with two courses each plus drinks (I had two glasses of wine as well), the total bill came to just over £100, which I think is super reasonable.