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serving Ale since 1660
Welcome to The Seven Stars Falmouth.
The pub is one of the last traditional free houses left in Falmouth.
The Seven Stars was granted its licence in 1660, a year before Falmouth was given its Royal Charter and the licensee at the time was one Henry Penial and his spouse Mary-Jane! It has seen many changes around Falmouth and has also encountered many characters, from salty old sea dogs to royalty. Many of the characters worked on the water or for the water, on working boats or down in the shipyard. All of them had fascinating stories to tell.
Time has stood still in this much loved and respected establishment. It is a Grade II listed building its original layout out was a three storey building with a stable to the right hand side you can still see the original stable doors as you go into the gent’s loos. 1912 saw the stable taken down and an extension was added. The frontage adorned a beautiful ornate decorative display attached to the still existing balcony, it had a circular display of 7 stars and the word hotel. The balcony was kept but the decorative part was taken away and used for ammunition in the war.
The pub has seen seven generations of the same family as landlords and landladies, dating from 1853. Hugh Dunstan Richards started up the oyster bar where he would shuck and serve on the marble bar, you can still see this beautiful piece of marble. He also exported Falmouth oyster further up the line. I reinstated the oyster bar back in 2013 where we shucked and served just as my great-great-great-great step grandfather once done.
The most famous being Rev John Barrington Bennetts my grandfather. He served as landlord for nearly 60 years while also serving his congregation at the Parish Church, before his passing back in 2011.