One of the chefs behind a popular Falmouth restaurant “screamed his head off” after being chosen as one of the 20 best eateries in the country for great quality and value by the Michelin Guide.

Cornish chef Jay Brady, who only opened the Mulberry restaurant two years ago with his business partner chef Harry Cartwright, couldn’t believe it when he was notified on X (formerly Twitter) by Michelin that they’d been awarded a Bib Gourmand.

Falmouth Packet: Chefs Jay Brady and Harry Cartwright only opened the Mulberry two years agoChefs Jay Brady and Harry Cartwright only opened the Mulberry two years ago (Image: Mulberry)

Named after Bibendum – the official name of the Michelin Man – this distinction highlights restaurants offering great quality, great value cooking.

“I was in the car and I absolutely screamed my head off went absolutely crazy,” Jay told the Packet.

“I had to check it three times, I couldn’t quite believe it. I called Harry up, he was asleep and it was his birthday as well so it was a lovely birthday present. He went pretty nuts as well."

The Mulberry in the High Street fought off stiff competition from around the UK, to be chosen as one of only 20 restaurants in the country to be given the award.

Falmouth Packet: The Mulberry off Falmouth High StreetThe Mulberry off Falmouth High Street (Image: Mulberry)

Michelin described the restaurant as having dishes that are “well-balanced, skilfully crafted and a joy to eat.”

“It’s just a massive achievement,” said Jay. “We’ve only been here two years, so it’s incredible to get such high praise from Michelin. We always want to get better though.

He said the restaurant had had loads of support from the local community which had been lovely but they hoped the award would expand that.

“Hopefully we can just kick on and keep improving,” said Jay. “Keep doing what we’re doing as we’re obviously on the right track.”

Falmouth Packet: Inside The MulberryInside The Mulberry (Image: Mulberry)

The restaurant is the pair’s first business venture after they met whilst working at The Pig in Harlyn Bay. Jay trained at the Nathan Outlaw academy as a teenager.


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“We’re both very similar in style,” said Jay. “I live on a smallholding, so the forefront of everything is sustainability and Harry loves foraging on his days off. We realised the whole industry itself is need of a shake-up that’s where the whole idea of The Mulberry came from.

“The Falmouth food scene in general seems to be booming at the moment because of the amazing restaurants here. Falmouth’s the new Padstow hopefully.”

The Mulberry has already been included in the Michelin Guide itself and been awarded two AA rosettes.