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Award winning Cornish restaurant only gets better

The Cove has been delighting visitors and diners for almost the past twenty years. Now, under acclaimed Michelin-star chef Michael Caines, it is only 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, or dinner, as well as as the full Michael Caines Signature dining experience.

The Cove is now a proud part of the Michael Caines Collection.

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Our family-friendly restaurant seats 80 and is the perfect spot for a light bite, intimate and 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.


Have a look at our seasonal menus. We hope to welcome you soon to dine by the sea with Michael Caines.

Team

Lucy Cascarina

Restaurant Manager

Alfred Hazlitt

Head Chef

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a sense of place

The Cove lovingly embraces the sheer beauty of our surrounding area and this shapes all aspects of who we are. We are fortuituously 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. Here at The Cove, we work with local Cornish suppliers and what is in season to ensure that both land and sea are respected, nourished, and celebrated.

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Lucy Cascarina

Lucy, our restaurant manager was born and raised in Cornwall before studying Geological Sciences at Leeds University where she received a BSc with honours. After graduation, she began her journey into hospitality working in Tignes as a chalet host. After returning to Cornwall, she started working at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall for four and a half years where she trained as a waitress before progressing through the ranks to become restaurant manager in 2019 (she also met her husband here!).
 
She has a passion for food and travel and believes that “sharing food is the key to forming friends and relationships in all walks of life”. She’s extremely excited to be working alongside Michael in an exciting new enterprise in the place where she grew up and loves.

Alfred Hazlitt

Alfred, our head chef moved to Falmouth in 2001 to attend university, washing pots to earn money. Upon graduation, he had already decided to stay one Cornwall and continuing his work in kitchens seemed the obvious choice. He initially worked in local pubs as a chef, loving the pressure and the fast pace and in 2008, he joined the team at Miss Peapods Cafe focussing on fresh homemade food with quality, fair-trade, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. His first experience in a chef position came at The Cormorant Hotel setting 2 rosette food, although a small team, he was able to hone his techniques, refine his skills and develop his palette.
 
In 2011, he joined The Cove under the previous management, putting on his apron, he’s never looked back. Nine years later, he’s “still learning, every day at The Cove is a lesson and our food has always been about flavour with a little fair. It is unfussy,
steeped in tradition, but fun!”. Alfred is extremely excited to continue his learning under Michael’s stewardship agreeing that their passion for food is very similar. “I love the anticipation of new seasons, that excitement when buds are on the trees and the chill of winter gives way to the warmth of spring. Foraging has always been something I’ve done; whether it’
s sloes, elder, wild garlic or razor clams” and hopefully this is something which we can bring to The Cove.

Cornwall

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

Falmouth bay

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.

Heritage Coasts

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.

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We are missing you too

We are missing you too! It is reassuring to know that so many of you are booking with us in the near future. We cannot wait to welcome you back and whilst the restaurant is closed, online bookings are open for all table reservations.

We are taking tentative bookings from 1st July but hopeful that we will be open before then. For more information please see our latest statement regarding COVID-19.

We look forward to seeing you in happier and brighter times