The Cove has been delighting visitors and diners for just under the past twenty years, and now under acclaimed Michelin-star chef Michael Caines, it’s set to get even better.
This relaxed Cornish hideaway, just a stone’s throw from Falmouth, could not be in a better situation. Located atop Maenporth Beach where golden sand gives way to turquoise water, the restaurant takes full advantage of this wonderful position, with a glass-front and open-air terrace giving unrivalled views across the Roseland Heritage Coast, Pendennis Castle, and St Anthony Lighthouse.
Here, Michael Caines now adds culinary magic to this intoxicating mix, offering a flexible dining experience using the freshest, locally sourced Cornish produce and ingredients prepared with his unmistakable, award-winning style.
Menus range from informal foods to enjoy by the sea for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as as the full Michael Caines Signature dining experience.
The Cove is now a proud part of the Michael Caines Collection.
Our family-friendly and dog-friendly restaurant seats 80 and is the perfect spot for a light bite, romantic meal, or a celebratory occasion with family and friends.
Whether you are pausing to join us while hiking the South West Coast Path, walking the dog in the depths of winter, or putting down the bucket and spade following an afternoon of building sandcastles, our informal walk-in policy allows all to sample and enjoy Michael’s cuisine.
The Cove lovingly embraces the sheer beauty of our surrounding area and this shapes all aspects of who we are.
We are fortuitously located in the centre of two stunning Heritage Coasts: the picturesque Roseland Heritage Coast and the dramatic Lizard Heritage Coast that leads down to the most southerly point of mainland Britain.
Michael always uses the location of his restaurants to inspire his menus and here at The Cove, we work with local Cornish suppliers to ensure that both land and sea are respected, nourished, and celebrated.
Restaurant Manager James is originally from Epsom and has working in the hospitality industry for 12 years. He relocated to Cornwall three years ago and has worked with some of the most desirable hotels in the county, including St Mawes Hotel, Watergate Bay Hotel and The Old Ferry Inn. Having dedicated the last three years to the hotel industry, he wanted to focus on restaurant management. He said, ‘The location, the view and food sold The Cove to me and being able to work for Chef Michael Caines is so exciting!’
Originally from Kent Stuart started his career in London at Boodles Private Gentlemen’s club as an apprentice which gave him the passion for the industry he loves. Over the next few years he moved around some greats restaurants in London before finding a position at the Savoy Grill as Chef de Partie in 2003.
After a few more years in London Stuart decided to move away from the big city and found a position at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire and felt the experience he gained here was invaluable and he really progressed as a chef. His style of food and flavours he learnt here still play a huge part of his cooking style today.
Stuart Shaw took over as group executive chef of the Michael Caines collection in March 2022 and is currently overseeing both The Cove and the Harbourside Refuge kitchen teams.
Stuart loves to exercise and has recently taken up running and regularly swims. He loves to travel and of course eating out as much as he can.
He is really excited to be working with Michael Caines and is looking forward to continue to build on the reputation at the Cove and throughout the Michael Caines collection.
Cornwall, the most westerly county in England, is a place many people deeply love. Whether from childhood holidays, beachside festivals, visiting quaint fishing villages or hitting the surf; the county has a little something for everyone. With over 400 miles of coastline; the English Channel to the south, the Celtic Sea to the west and Bristol Channel to the north; there is so much to see, do and discover. There are lots of things Cornwall is loved for besides its dramatic coastline; the spectacular beaches and pounding surf that provide a natural playground for a variety of watersports, the wilderness of Bodmin Moor with its captivating panorama of big skies, a dynamic art scene found in West Cornwall and a world-class food scene that has, in recent years, started to rival even London. Despite being renowned, along with Devon, for the infamous cream tea, Cornwall has a multitude of award-winning local food producers and stellar chefs putting the region well and truly on the ‘food lovers’ map
Our closest town, Falmouth, is Cornwall’s leading South West Coast Resort and is home to the county’s maritime heritage. Having been an important port since Tudor times, Falmouth now enjoys a much more leisurely pace of life with both tourists and residents happily mingling – their passion for the area rooted in a shared love for all the county has to offer. Visitors can explore Pendennis Castle, take part in many of the town’s numerous events and festivals or simply sit back, relax and take in the sight of cruise ships as their passengers disembark to explore all Falmouth has to offer. Across the bay, St Anthony Light House is easily visible, its architecture a stark reminder of the 1800s and how important Falmouth was, and still is, as a port.
Our location puts us in the heart of two of the regions most beautiful heritage coasts. Roseland Heritage Coast, easily one of the most picturesque and unspoilt parts of Cornwall has golden beaches, delightful rivers, quaint villages and dramatic cliffs which all combine to make this area the perfect setting. Visitors can walk the Coast Path, take a dip in the Atlantic, browse the shops or most importantly, sample the Cornish cuisine.
The Lizard Heritage Coast stretches from Porthleven to Ends Head and possesses the warmest climate in Britain. The peninsula, while generally rough and ragged, is a place of gentle heath and coastal grassland and has an abundance of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – a reflection of its unique plant and wildlife. Sub-tropical vegetation grows along the cliffs, a tribute to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream, and the peninsula is home to one of Britain’s rarest breeding birds, Cirl’s Bunting.