A strong contender for having the finest seaside terrace in Cornwall, Indaba on the Beach is perched above Falmouth’s Swanpool beach, offering sparkling views across the entrance to the Carrick Roads. Sister restaurant to Indaba Fish in Truro, this seaside outpost sports a beach hut-casual look, with whitewashed wooden walls, soft pebbles inset into the floor and cheery wooden signs (‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’, ‘Beach rules: relax, relax, relax’) above the tables to get you in the mood.
The regularly changing fish and seafood menu is fresh and breezy, with everything from a simple grilled fillet of local mackerel on an apple and celeriac remoulade, or classic fish and chunky chips, to line caught sea bass served with a champagne sauce, or a steaming bowl of Thai seafood curry topped with shell-on king prawns.
With service so buoyant and friendly and a bowl of lemon water to hand, this is the sort of place where the cutlery becomes superfluous. Desserts meanwhile are certain crowd pleasers along the lines of treacle tart and crème brûlée and an array of Roskilly’s ever delicious ice cream.
Prices for the more elaborate seafood dishes aren’t so casual, but on a sunny day the spacious terrace – with the sound of waves lapping at the shore below – is a perch worth splashing out for. Come summer, don’t miss the Indaba barbecues – perfect for post-beach eats.