“Authentic Greek food cooked to perfection. The atmosphere is amazing, staff are friendly and attentive, nothing is too much trouble. It’s just what Falmouth needs.”
With its whitewashed walls, blue and white tablecloths and sirtaki music, Stavros’ Greek-Cypriot restaurants in Newquay and latterly Falmouth bring a blast of Mediterranean warmth to Cornwall – whatever the weather might be doing outside. “If we had Mediterranean weather here, no one would need to go abroad – the beaches are fabulous,” says owner Stavros Stavrou, who has lived in Newquay for 26 years.
Originally from Nicosia, Stavros came to the UK as a seven-year-old in 1956, when his father brought the family over to escape the civil war that left Cyprus split as it is today, between Cyprus and Turkey. A family portrait taken two days before they left the island hangs on the wall: “I’m the good-looking one,” he quips. “We were British subjects, but my father spoke no English and had no job, nowhere to live and five kids – it was a brave move.” The Stavrous settled in north London, and Stavros has lost little of his accent – a charming mix of Greek and estuary vowels – or his style. In his crisp, open-necked white shirt, smart waistcoat and flat cap, he’s the spitting image of the Greek café patron in the painting on the wall. “Every time my wife buys a new pair of shoes, I buy a new hat,” he says, adding mischievously: “I have a lot of hats.”
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