Cornish Businesses Food & Drink

The Working Boat

Set in the beautiful seaside town of Falmouth, nestled on the edge of the harbour and underneath the Green Bank Hotel sits The Working Boat.

Established in 1876 and rebuilt in 2015 The Working Boat has a long and rich history. It was originally a pub used by the fisherman and local folk to refresh themselves after long day of hard work.

A fantastic family and dog friendly pub and famous for being the location of the sea shanty festival.


We were invited for dinner by the wonderful staff, and being somewhere we’ve always wanted to go we couldn’t wait.

Upon arrival we were immediately drawn to the beautiful views of the harbour with its array of boats. If you have a boat it truly is a perfect location to moor up and enjoy pint and a quick bite to eat.

Our first impression of the working boat was how quaint it was and perfectly decorated for its surroundings, with its lights wrapped in sailing ropes to the barrel plant pots you genuinely felt as if you had boarded a ship.

We were seated right in front of the windows with a perfect view overlooking the harbour. It was so tranquil, watching the boats sail pass; it was very popular night to attend as it was the football world cup and the atmosphere was buzzing.

We sat and leafed through the menu. We were so impressed to find there were plenty of options to cater for all foodie needs; we both went for a vegan main option.

Starter for we both had:

Herby Garlic Halloumi  – One of my favourite dishes is halloumi and I have to say, at first I was apprehensive as the halloumi wasn’t crispy like I’m used to. It was very refreshing and I really enjoyed the lightness of the starter. Whilst Stu had the crispy asian tofu, he said this was so full of flavour a really tasty little starter.

I had:

Mains: Malaysian vegetable laksa – The was a perfect dish, with its fragrant and exotic spices and coconut it was like a holiday in a bowl.

Pudding: Raspberry chocolate cheesecake  – This was heaven with the fruit accompanying the chocolate perfectly, a true dessert lovers dish.

Stu had:

Main: Butternut squash bean burger – A very filling dish. Again full of flavour and I especially enjoyed the sweetcorn relish. The chips were to die for too, lovely and crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.

Pudding: I had the Crumble of the day which was apple. Some real home comfort food, it was perfect to round off a really enjoyable meal.

The staff dealt with the busy demands of the pub brilliantly and really made us feel welcome. I’m looking forward to returning to witness the wonderful Cornish Sea Shanty Festival next year.

Thankyou to everyone at The Working Boat for such a perfect evening.

* we were invited for a complimentary meal for the purpose of a review but all thoughts are our own.

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