We recently visited St Mawes on a day trip from Falmouth and after taking in the breathtaking views of the place and visiting the castle, we returned to the harbour for a light lunch. We had noticed The View Cafe (below the Ship & Castle Hotel) on arriving by boat earlier but disregarded it as it appeared very low to street level (semi-basement) and quite dark inside. However, returning later we stepped tentatively into the foyer of the cafe to check out the menu - A good selection and reasonably priced, with local seafood and fish specials. On entering the cafe we were greeted by a young lady who gestured for us to sit at any table and order at the counter when we were ready. The place was not particularly busy but it was light, clean, contemporary in style with a selection of different seating options. We sat at a table a little back from the window/s as several were already occupied, however we were still afforded an excellent "View" (as the cafe name suggests) of the harbour and estuary beyond, which was a pleasant surprise. I ordered a fresh mackerel fillet salad, which I assumed would only be a small starter as it was very reasonably priced, while my friend ordered a crab, pollack & ginger fishcake with salad garnish, again reasonably priced - On our assumption that both were starters, I also ordered a fresh crab salad to go with our dishes. There was a choice of "Mini" or "Main" and so we opted for the smaller option. My partner ordered a Cheese & Pickle sandwich (a personaal favourite!) with salad garnish & crisps. When our meals arrrived we were amazed at the size of them, both the main dishes & the "Mini" crab salad. They were excellentt value and extremely tasty. There was a good selection of sauces and dressings to go with our meals and all in all it was quite an unexpected delight. I would definitely recommend The View Cafe for a stop for Breakfast, Lunch or even just a coffee and cake. The decor may not be to everyone's taste - a quaint old fashioned tea shop it isn't - but the views are magnificient, considering the position of the cafe, and the food is second to none!
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