‘Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum’ is definitely what the doctor ordered in the pirate’s paradise that is Falmouth and what better place to sample a selection of the maritime favourite than ‘The Brig.’
What better way to warm up on a frost Falmouth night than with a measure of dark rum? A few Thursdays ago, the Subculture team paid a visit to ‘The Brig’ to see what culinary and alcoholic delights it had to offer. Like heading down beneath the decks, upon arrival at the Falmouth rum hotspot, you navigate down the spiral staircase and are met with a bar filled to the brim with quaint maritime touches, from the ageing maps hung on the walls to the rope embellished lanterns. Having just celebrated its second anniversary since opening, this quintessentially Cornish venue has made a name for itself as not only a rum connoisseurs dream, but also as a foody favourite.
Chained to every table lies what can only be described as a holy book of drinks; their extensive menu leaves you completely spoilt for choice, with a range of cheaper cocktails through to the more luxurious selection of high-quality spirits. With over what we could only guess to be in excess of 150 bottles sat behind the bar, quite the visual delight is created for anyone that enjoys a tipple or two. The friendly and well-trained staff, including joint owner Andy Bell, have a clear love for and great knowledge of their drinks selection and can help you select the perfect drink for you.
A favourite of ours that we sampled during the visit was the Apple Pie, a titillating concoction of spiced rum and vanilla vodka with lemon and apple juices that provided an air of tang to complement its sweet, easy to drink taste.
Once settled with our drinks, we proceeded to order the Ultimate Brig Platter, consisting of a selection of their BBQ specialities such as beef brisket, ribs and shredded lamb shoulder; definitely not one for vegans. These were accompanied by sweet chilli langoustines, crab and smoked haddock fritters and an indulgent array of sides, with the homemade beans and hand cut chips being firm favourites of ours. As we waited for what could only have been just over 15 minutes, we soaked in the warm atmosphere and sang along to bangers on the playlist by Pink Floyd and Steppenwolf to name but a few. Before we knew it, our beautifully presented platter had arrived and to say the smell and sight made us salivate would be an understatement. With high expectations at this point, The Brig delivered on the taste test too, from the buttery sweetcorn to the tangy and tender BBQ coated meat to the peppery homemade chipotle mayo that topped everything off to a T.
To say our experience was pleasurable would be an understatement. The Brig proved to be quite the treasure and if you’re in the market for good food, good drinks and a warm atmosphere, it will not let you down.