A popular Cornish crab shack will be returning to its original home to open a second restaurant in 2024, but they are keeping a tight wrap on where it will actually be.

LULA, which first opened in Hayle in 2020, has built a large following thanks to its relaxed beachside dining with dishes and cocktails inspired by America’s Deep South.

The original site at North Quay closed its doors earlier this year for reasons beyond the owners’ control. This sparked a new collaboration with Gwithian’s The Rockpool bar, and will now be followed by the opening of another venue in 2024.

Falmouth Packet: The bar at Lula shack in HayleThe bar at Lula shack in Hayle (Image: J-Ph Baudey)

Sam Sheffield, who created and continues to run LULA, commented: “Many of our lovely shackers will be aware of the journey that we’ve been on in the last eight months, ever since we had to leave our original site at North Quay in Hayle.

"It has been a hugely difficult time, but thanks to the support of locals, visitors, friends and family, we have made it through to the other side.

“We were over the moon when The Rockpool in Gwithian heard of our situation and offered us a new home. This sparked an incredible relationship and we’re excited to say that we will remain at this beautiful spot. The kitchen will reopen on December 1, ready for all the Christmas delights.


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“In the coming weeks we will be moving everything from the original LULA, and preparing it to go over to a brand new site. We can’t say too much more on this just yet, but we’ll be ready to announce more in the coming weeks and months.”

Falmouth Packet: Food and drink served on the beach at LulaFood and drink served on the beach at Lula (Image: J-Ph Baudey)

LULA at The Rockpool will remain open in 2024. Diners at both sites will be able to enjoy LULA favourites such as the LULA Chowder, with smoked haddock, prawns, bacon, and cream, served up in a sourdough bowl; Cornish lobster, prawn and crayfish rolls; and the 6oz Shack Burger, with Monterey Jack cheese, smoked bacon, gherkins and onion rings.

Falmouth Packet: Lula will be located on the edge of the beach with views of the Hayle EstuaryLula will be located on the edge of the beach with views of the Hayle Estuary (Image: Adam Sargent)

A special Christmas menu will be available from LULA at The Rockpool between 1 and 23 December. Dishes include Creole-stuffed turkey with lemon and herb roasties, beer-braised brisket with chimmichurri and hassleback sweet potatoes, and crispy confit duck let with clotted cream mash.

For more information, visit www.lulashack.co.uk.