Dale McIntosh – Head Chef at Gylly Beach Cafe in Falmouth, talks to myCornwall about their amazing and delicious food to tempt your tastebuds.
Tell us about yourself and what it’s like working at Gylly Beach…
When I first came across the position here at Gylly Beach Café, I did wonder if this was the right move for me as I saw Gylly as a café and not so much of a restaurant. After meeting the close knit team of the Gylly family, which is Simon and Viv Daw as owners with Amy and Mark as managers, I saw a gap which I could fill, that was taking the kitchen to a more skilled level. Keeping in with the locals who have come here for years, I’ve now built a passionate kitchen team producing local, homemade, seasonal meals with low food miles. Quick and efficient by day and sumptuous restaurant quality with my twist in the evening.
In a few words, how would you describe the food?
Fresh, seasonal and lovingly prepared from local suppliers. From early morning baking to long slow braising, we love what we do.
Tell us about your menu, what were you aiming for when you created it?
The menu changes with the seasons. The season dictates my menu as do the daily changing specials.
How would you describe your cooking style?
Simple, effective and bursting with flavours.
What rules do you live by in the kitchen?
I tell all my chefs and always have, cook it like you’re serving yourself. If you wouldn’t pay for it or not be happy with what you’ve produced, then do not send it out.
What are your most popular dishes?
By day I would say our Philip Warren burgers with our Bakery on the Beach bread is hard to beat. By night, our venison loin is very popular, along with our daily fish specials from Newlyn Fish Market.
Name one ingredient you couldn’t live without?
What should people be looking out for this season in terms of local produce?
Native oysters are pretty good, caught under sail in the Fal estuary. It’s one of the last natural oyster beds in Europe. We keep it simple to get the most out of their flavour so we just serve with a sherry vinaigrette and season.
What makes Gylly Beach Cafe stand out?
Apart from probably the best on beach location with stunning views, I would say our friendly welcoming approach to our customers, great food, service and we are here for you all year round.
Gylly Beach Cafe
Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4PA
Images by Alexandra Saunders.