When I first came to live in Falmouth I discovered Maenporth Beach and fell in love with it. At around the same time, award-winning Cornish chef Arty Williams returned home from his travels in Australia, and eager to champion Cornish produce he opened The Cove restaurant.

The Cove soon became our own "summer place". Mrs C and I would often go for lunch sitting out overlooking the beach. We were there with our family in September 2008 to watch the Tall Ships Regatta. It was the day we got engaged, and enjoyed possibly the longest lunch in history! Proof of just how good the food is, is the fact that I can remember exactly what I ate that day. A beautiful belly of pork with perfect little roast potatoes. Eating at The Cove also reminds me of my late mum Julie, as it was also her favourite restaurant when she came to visit us in those early days.

The Cove’s location is clearly its unique selling point, with striking views across Maenporth Beach. Sitting out on the terrace, gazing at the horizon, you could be anywhere in the Mediterranean. But for me, The Cove is all about the food, and for Mrs C, it’s all about the desserts! Arty Williams is passionate about using the produce from his home county, he’s a Cornishman on a mission.

We recently ate in the new glass room which can be converted into an extended terrace for a true al fresco dining experience. The menu is flexible, you can order say a Crab Chowder from the tapas menu for £7 or opt for a main course of scallops with a miso glaze for £17 – but the menu changes to suit the season and there is always a specials board. Then, bring on the desserts, the one thing that guarantees me those few precious moments of silence as Mrs C savours the delights of a strawberry and white chocolate torte with lemon ice cream, or the chocolate fudge cake with blueberries. (£7)

What also puts a smile on Mrs C’s face is that she can order a mini bottle of Prosecco, or two, all to herself! (£6.50)