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Fountain Tavern, Penzance

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The Fountain was open on my visit this weekend. It was a fair slog uphill from the Crown and was another bonus pub where I was hoping to find a few ciders. Alas, the best I could manage was Rattler. It was quite busy with people watching golf. Ales were St Austell Tribute, Sharp's Doom Bar & Rebel Gold. Not really worth the walk uphill from town.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Sep 2018 19:48

Large sign outside saying 'to let'.....we shall see.

ridleyman - 9 Feb 2018 14:03
Still open but not the local it used to be, have heard varying reviews about the food and service. Had a significant turnover of staff due to non payment of wages. Won't be returning as when I ordered a large scotch the chef, who was pissed, decided to lick the jigger out after use. Could also do with a wash and brush up too. The staff tend to get a Chinese end of evening after having a few and tend to ignore customers. I'll be avoiding
jannerfcukpig - 9 Oct 2016 00:25
Reopened Sept. 2013 by the way troops
jannerfcukpig - 31 Dec 2013 16:20
Something I thought I'd never see. It's a pubmore info to follow. Bright and airy, a little bistro esque but nonetheless apub. Does food too. Appears well patronised four pumps on the bar only one ale on. Hopefully this'll change come summer
jannerfcukpig - 31 Dec 2013 16:19
The signs have been removed and the curtains drawn over the front windows I'll take a geek inside to see if they've started stripping the place
jannerfcukpig - 25 Mar 2013 08:51
This is a sad loss to PZ. Still boarded up 9.2.13
chiefknut - 12 Feb 2013 19:45
I agree with the last comment.

This pub has been poorly served by St Austell Brewery who have clearly neglected it for some time. Even though the brewery describe themselves as a 'family' business serving the 'local' community it appears they are selling off the less profitable pubs of their estate, (The Fountain at nearby Newbridge went last year... The 'Old Inn' at Ludgvan, also nearby, the year before). The brewery is clearly adopting a new policy of investing in purchases in swankier parts of the South West.

For example they have recently purchased 5 new pubs in more affluent areas of Devon...Salcombe springs to mind, (The Victoria), a town in which you would be hard pressed to find any 'locals' who didn't hail from wealthy parts of the South East and London.

There is nothing inherently wrong with this policy, (or indeed the folks from London and the South East), but save us the pious 'working for the local community' cobblers...its about money and if your 'local' community isn't wealthy enough to support the 'new' St Austell brewery then tough.

The freehold is up for sale for 200K. It may survive as a pub with a new owner but the future of the pub must be uncertain.
ridleyman - 13 Sep 2012 20:35
The pub finally closed its doors on Sunday 2nd of Sept. Rather sad really considering the history of the place. But there you go, I think St. Austell will sell the place off for accommodation
jannerfcukpig - 5 Sep 2012 13:15
Sorry to say this once charming vibrant pub has been neglected by the brewery and looks set to close on the 3 September
jannerfcukpig - 28 Aug 2012 00:03
I know this pub to be very warm and welcoming it states from the outside it is a family friendly pub so the toys are often used by visiting children. It also holds a Cask Ale certificate for its continueing great ales. I as a stranger joined in on great conversation with the so called ALOOF regulars made some great friends with whom i have kept in touch. I suggest people lower thier noses abit and make a little more effort with those around them!
barley1812 - 23 Sep 2010 16:46
not good ... grubby on outside & grubby inside, poor beer and hostile atmosphere ... avoid !
eankelvin - 8 Jul 2010 13:51
Very poor.

You enter the pub through a sea of cigarette butts, presumably the landlord hasn't got access to a thing called a broom. It doesnt get much better inside. Tatty, grubby, dated decor.
One table/seating area area full of, (I presume), the landlords childrens toys...most odd.
Stayed for just the one.....a pint in poor condition, warm with a strange chemical aftertaste...a travesty of a St Austell pint.
ridleyman - 17 Jun 2010 23:30
Last visited in '99 great couple running the place with great beer and a short food menu. sorry to say it has gone downhill since.
snowdrop76 - 4 Mar 2010 15:41 a very average pint of St Austell's. Clientele was mostly locals who were aloof. They didn't bother us, but it was a fast drank pint to say the least.
mrdruse - 19 Jul 2009 23:29

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