After a busy week, Alex and I headed down for some seafood at Swanpool for our date night.
Swanpool is a popular little cove just outside Falmouth, a 2 minute drive or 15 minute walk along the coast path from Gylly Beach. It’s well known for being a great spot for sea swimming, paddle boarding or kayaking, as its south coast, tucked away position means it’s usually pretty flat with clear water.
I regularly end up walking along the coast path to Swanpool from Gylly beach as it’s a great little walk for the dogs, plus between October and March both beaches are dog friendly too!
We recently heard about Hooked on the Rocks, a seafood restaurant perched on the cliffs overlooking Swanpool beach with a large outdoor terrace, and were keen to give it a try (I love me some seafood!). It has become well known for its fresh local produce.
We booked our table for 8:30pm on Friday evening, and boy was it busy! It is summer holidays now and Falmouth always gets super busy in August, so with popular restaurants like this you should always book a table a few days in advance.
Sadly it ended up being really cloudy that evening (NOT the sunset date I’d been hoping for thanks to an inaccurate weather forecast…) so we didn’t end up sitting outside on the terrace, but it was nice and cosy indoors with their plush blue velvet chairs.
We ordered two Dark n’ Stormy cocktails and a garlic prawn starter with homemade breads to begin. The portion was super generous and I’m very glad we were sharing as there were so many. I was really impressed with the size of the prawns too!
The homemade breads and whipped butter was delicious too and we were both really excited for our main course after an amazing start.
Alex chose the Goan seafood curry (very coconut-y and creamy!) while I went for a ‘medium’ crab served with salad and chips. This crab was enormous!! I am not the best at getting meat out of a crab but I ended up getting loads out of this one, and it was delicious. I couldn’t even finish my chips in the end as I was so stuffed!
Hooked on the Rocks was recently refurbished this Winter, with brand new decor and an open plan kitchen. I really love the luxurious feel inside, but the only thing I would say is that it was SO hot in there. Apparently due to the new open plan kitchen layout, the heat from the kitchen ends up making the whole restaurant pretty warm, which I imagine would be lovely in cooler months but on this busy humid day in August everyone was looking rather ‘glossy’ towards the end of their meals. It was more bearable when all the doors were open, but I understand they don’t always want to do that with tables right next to the doors.
Regardless, we had a wonderful meal and both agreed that we’d definitely want to come back. Even Alex (who is always a very honest, detailed critic) enjoyed every aspect of the food and I felt it was one of the nicer meals we have had of late.
Hooked on the Rocks are open for lunch and dinner every day from 12pm ’til 9pm, so go check out their menu online and book a spot!