Flushing’s Harbour House has only been open for just over two months and, let’s say, has already caused a bit of a stir.

So when Packet reporter Paul Armstrong was invited along to see what all the fuss was about he jumped at the chance.

The first thing you notice is that it definitely is no longer The Seven Stars. Gone is the gloomy interior and the space is bright open and spacious.

Falmouth Packet: A bright and light interiorA bright and light interior (Image: Harbour House Alex Brier)

Of course the views across to Falmouth are still absolutely amazing and now you can actually open the windows which were previously painted shut.

Tables are now alongside, meaning the windows you can enjoy then views uninterrupted.

Falmouth Packet: The beautiful original tiles have now been revealed and cleaned up after being covered up by a carpet for decades.The beautiful original tiles have now been revealed and cleaned up after being covered up by a carpet for decades. (Image: Paul Armstrong)

The beautiful original tiles have now been revealed and cleaned up after being covered up by a carpet for decades.

The old brick work has been exposed and the plaster left unfinished and exposed to give more rustic feel.

The kitchen is at the back and is open to the public so you can see Executive Head Chef Jeffrey Robinson and his team at work.

Falmouth Packet: Executive Head Chef Jeffrey Robinson and his teamExecutive Head Chef Jeffrey Robinson and his team (Image: Harbour House)

You can even book a front row seat with stools positioned at the front of the kitchen.

Although there has been some criticism of the heart being ripped out of the old pub with the new refurb, and replaced with something blander, that is not what I found.

I have lived nearby for over 20 years and during that time never found the Seven Stars particularly inviting and never went in there, much preferring the nearby Royal Standard.  

Falmouth Packet: The exposed brickwork at the barThe exposed brickwork at the bar (Image: Harbour House)

The Harbour House is much more welcoming and is somewhere you want to go as a destination or just for a drink.

There have been complaints about the prices, but £25 for a three course menu seems reasonable to me, and I can vouch for the fact it is very, very good after sampling their taster menu.

Co-owner Tamara tells me they want people to feel they can just drop in for a drink and some snacks after a walk round the headland or sit down for a meal.

Falmouth Packet: Stunning viewsStunning views (Image: Supplied)

To that end The Harbour House is launching a weekly collaborative events and music schedule alongside a monthly quiz night and a new the course set lunch menu.

Owner Tamara Costin says: “We have always been about creating a contemporary local pub – for Flushing locals and visitors alike. We’re loving working with our local sea shanty singers and acoustic musicians and really enjoy the competitiveness of our monthly pub quiz.”

Tamara continues, “We’re also keen to ensure our lunches are value-for-money for all pockets, hence our £25 3 course set lunch menu which is already proving very popular. We’re encouraging people from across the water to arrive by ferry, water taxi, bus or car, and to really enjoy the experience of travelling to Flushing and Harbour House. Then it’s about taking time to really savour the day’s produce and plates and make the most of the midday meal.”

Building on their philosophy of local sustainability, the Harbour House team are set to collaborate with a number of suppliers and experts to provide tasting events and experiences. Upcoming opportunities include a Verdant Brewery Tap Takeover, a Foraging Workshop & Lunch with Stuart Woodman and a Cheese & Wine Tasting night with Wanderlust Wine and Hanson Fine Foods. On the last Sunday of the month there will also be a pub quiz and the establishment’s bar menu will be served.

Falmouth Packet: Harbour HouseHarbour House (Image: Alex Brier)

Executive Head Chef Jeffrey Robinson says, “Flushing is surrounded by rich creeks alongside the open sea, and rich, verdant Cornish countryside.


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"This means that we have the pick of the best under-sail fishermen and low-impact growers, producers, farmers, hunters, traders and makers. In collaboration with these passionate specialists, we will buy in that morning’s just plucked, picked, dug or butchered produce and we will create that day’s chef’s set lunch menu of that day.

Jeffrey continues, “We then cook using the only available British eco-charcoal, driving out the richness, balance, taste and optimum flavour from our unique blend of that day’s ‘bang-up-to-the-minute’ ingredients to create an easy decisions £25 three course set menu which also comes with generous slices of our in-house bakery baked sourdough and hand churned butter.”

You can find out more about The Harbour House at harbourhouseflushing.com or follow them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/harbourhouseflushing