Flushing’s Harbour House has entered the prestigious ‘red book’ – the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland - after just five months of trading.

Set on the village waterfront, Harbour House was opened by Tamara Costin and William Speed after they bought the Seven Stars pub and completely revamped it.

In their December update, the Michelin inspectors praised Harbour House saying: “Undoubtedly the most aptly named restaurant in this month’s selection, Harbour House sits just yards from the water and, at this time of year, welcomes you with a huge Christmas tree outside and a roaring fire inside.

Falmouth Packet: Harbour House sits just yards from the water and, at this time of year, welcomes you with a huge Christmas tree outside and a roaring fire inside.Harbour House sits just yards from the water and, at this time of year, welcomes you with a huge Christmas tree outside and a roaring fire inside. (Image: Paul Armstrong)

"The understated cooking is powered by Cornish produce and the fabulous bread is a great way to start. When visiting such a warm, welcoming and good-looking place as this, it will make you wish that every coastal village had somewhere like it.”

Andrew Tuck, formerly the head chef at the acclaimed St Kew Inn, is taking the helm as Head Chef of the kitchen at Flushing’s Harbour House from the beginning of February. 

The red book's inspectors are on the road year-round and update its listings monthly with additions highlighted by a ‘New' symbol on the Michelin app and website. Harbour House will receive either a Michelin star, a Bib Gourmand, a Michelin Plate, or another award, but which one will not be known until the next formal Michelin Guide ceremony.

Falmouth Packet: Harbour House from the waterHarbour House from the water (Image: Supplied)

The full Michelin Guide listing for Harbour House says, “Local suppliers are at the heart of this attractively refurbished pub on the Cornish coast. Owing to their seasonal and sustainable approach, the daily changing menus are shaped by local producers.”

It continues, “The cooking is wholly understated, but impressive all the same, with pared-back dishes like homemade crisps with whipped cod's roe, roast brill from Cadgwith and a marvellous panela Basque cheesecake. The set lunch menu offers super value and drinkers are treated to a selection of local beers, best enjoyed outside overlooking the water with a bar snack in hand.”

Harbour House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an all-day bar menu with small plate and bar snacks.

Key daily suppliers include Soul Food Farm, Sailor’s Creek Seafood, New Dawn Traders, Philip Warren, Footes Pasture Produce, Duchy Game and new independent beef farmer Tresemple. Drinks come from Verdant, Treens, Loveday, Wanderlust Wines, Pocket Full of Stones, St Ives Cider, Find and Foster, Wildling and local Cornish vineyard Trevibban Mill amongst many others.

Owner Tamara Costin says, “Without a doubt, today’s announcement has made our Harbour House Christmas! It was this time last year that we started on the major rejuvenation of the pub, and as anyone who has undertaken a project like this knows, it’s a tough job, but well worth doing!

Falmouth Packet: The pub has been completely refurbishedThe pub has been completely refurbished (Image: Alex Brier)

"We had an inkling that the Michelin inspectors had been in and they tweeted about us recently, but today’s announcement is the first official notification we’ve had.”

Tamara continues, “This is all testament to every single person that is involved in running our day-to-day Harbour House operation, from every member of our brilliant kitchen and front-of-house team to the ever-hard-working suppliers and makers from around Flushing and across Cornwall and the West Country who toil every day to provide us with some optimum produce and ingredients.

"We look forward to hearing more from Michelin in the new year and send our thanks to them, and to all of our much-appreciated customers without whose support we couldn’t do this.”

Andrew’s new Harbour House menu will be launched at the beginning of February and a set of pub feast nights, and charity and chef collaboration evenings and lunches, will also be announced in the near future.