We pride ourselves on sourcing and using fresh local Cornish produce and are being recognised for this by both Cornwall Food & Drink and Taste of the West.
The Falmouth Packet Inn was awarded a Gold Award this year in the Taste Of The West Awards and we were shortlisted for the best dining pub in the whole of the South West!
This year has also seen us listed in the Cornwall Food and Drink top 5 for our Famous Packet Pies as well as recreating cornish classics with our own Orange and Cointreau Saffron Bread and Butter Pudding.
We also featured in the Great Cornish Food Book, for our very popular Sunday roast. Along along with our top tips for the perfect roast. It is an honour to be published alongside Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and many other great local chefs and highlights what we are trying to achieve here at the Falmouth Packet Inn. Matthew and Michelle
The local area
We are lucky to be in an area of outstanding beauty. Situated between St Michaels Mount in Marazion to the local beaches of Perranuthnoe, Prussia Cove, Rinsey Head and Praa Sands there is no shortage of places to explore either before or after your visit the Falmouth Packet.
The Falmouth Packet Service commenced to operate out of Falmouth in 1689 and ceased operations in 1850. The ships carried mail to and from the far corners of the British Empire, this included the West Indies, South America, Gibraltar, Malta, Corfu & our longest standing allies the Portuguese.
A service called the “Kings Post” started in the reign of Charles 1st He chose Falmouth as a Port because we were at war with France at the time and Falmouth was a secure sheltered harbour, and safe from pirates.
The packet ships were fast, light weight and had minimal fire power. Instead of looking for confrontation they could sail away from it.
The packet often carried huge sums of bullion. One of these the Hanover was lost off St Agnes North Cornwall in 1763.
She was carrying a vast amount of gold, passengers and mail. She was over Laden and was lost in the severe gale in the middle of winter returning from Lisbon Portugal.
The last Packet set sail from Falmouth was in 6th December 1850 Called “The Seagull”.
One of the last Captain’s of The Falmouth Company retired and bought this building, which was a coach house.
He opened The Falmouth Packet Inn in the mid 1850’s.