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Falmouth Packet Inn, Penzance

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Now closed.

However has a sign outside 'opening at the end of February under new management'.

ridleyman - 9 Feb 2018 14:02
Was a St Austell pub and sold off by them a couple of years ago, (presumably as part of their policy of selling off local village pubs and buying ones in more trendy parts of the West Country).

Now a Freehouse and the new owners have clearly spent a lot of money on the place as it has been completely refurbished with the addition of a very large conservatory at the rear. Not all the character seems to have been thrown in the skip and the makeover has been done sympathetically.

'Bays' on draft at time of visit which was in good condition, friendly service from the youngsters behind the bar. The food menu looked interesting and had a few people eating who all seemed to be happy.

Worth popping into if passing.


ridleyman - 23 May 2013 17:22
Roadside pub on an A road. The 3 or 4 customers at the bar were far outweighed by the large family that appeared to have recently taken over the pub and were considering what modifications they would ideally make, whilst the pub dog was eager to play with a tennis ball. Two Penzance beers were on offer - Jolly Farmer & Tater Du. Seems to have a reputation for food. But they weren't serving any on our visit. I wasn't particularly impressed.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Jan 2012 20:53
Great Sunday lunch with delicious beef. Good value for money and friendly landlord and landlady.
JaneM - 23 Jan 2011 18:36
very tasty food, good portions, I've been serveral times and look forward to going again. very pleasent staff. highly recomended.
rikandria - 19 Sep 2010 17:37
We were regulars at the Falmouth Packet under the previous owners and were so happy that the pub was re-opening again. Unfortunately, our three visits so far have been very disappointing, but perhaps that because we were looking for the things we loved about the old Packet that just aren't there anymore.

The new owners are obviously keen to make a go of it as a 'gastro-pub' but it is now definetly more of a restaurant inside of a pub. Don't expect to be welcomed if you would like to stop by just for a pint, even if you do take a look at the menu. As a couple of the previous reviewers confirmed you need to book ahead and be ready to eat (quickly). The food is fantastic but I'm afraid it just couldn't make up for the service which was either snappy or hovering depending on how long you were taking over a course and whether you wanted to settle on a pint and a packet of crisps. There have been quite a few occasions where we, or friends of ours may have spent a civilised few hours spending our money there, but were made to feel so unwelcome that the visits only lasted a few minutes.

The Packet used to be one of the best pubs on the south coast as far as everyone we know is concerned. Friendly, attractive with great 'grub' to suit all tastes and fantastic beer. The choices and the menu have undoubtedly gone up in the world but we won't be going back after fifteen years of spending a good deal of time in the place and neither will a lot of the people who were so fond of the old Packet. We did give change a good try, but we'll be making the treck down to the Victoria Inn from now on. Loads farther, but you won't get snapped at, and you can get really fancy pub grub if you want, but you don't HAVE to!

I should say, I've got no affliation to the Victoria, but if you're looking for a decent pint in almost walking distance that's your nearest bet now.
EDonovan - 5 Aug 2010 15:52
Booked Sunday lunch (June 27) by phone the day before and were delighted with whole experience. Both 'unique' Penzance Beers were very good and lime and sodas for the driver were only 50p each. The roast beef lunch was excellent; beef (the new owners have a farm) was some of the best we've tasted in a pub; service was very friendly and welcoming.
We live in 'rip-off' county, plagued with too many poor value gastropubs (Surrey) so were pleased to find such great value and tasty food. We hope the new owners make it a great success, they are on the right track - we hope to be back when we visit Cornwall next year!
chymron - 11 Jul 2010 11:59
The pub was recommended by friends who had had a good recent experience (it is apparently under new ownership).

We visited (unbooked) on a Thursday evening in mid-June with a view to eating, but were curtly informed by the lady behind the bar that it was "totally out of the question this evening ... we're fully booked". We walked out.

Curious because the pub serves 2 unique brews from Penzance Brewery we re-visited the following evening around 9 p.m. and succeeded in trying both beers (well kept without a doubt). Once again the reception from the same lady was brusque and she gave the impression that entering for drinks only was not encouraged. We were made to feel unwelcome and isolated. There were a number of diners present, but the sizeable open-plan room was devoid of pub-type atmosphere.

We will not be giving it any further custom whilst the same owners remain
Maturescooper - 1 Jul 2010 22:50
Well kept beer, clean pub, reasonably priced food, no children - ticks most boxes.
goldsithney - 28 Jan 2009 04:02
Great pub. No children after 8.00, the non-intrusive music is blues/jazz, the St Austell beer is good. Landlord's a bit grumpy, but a welcoming sort. Will go again.
iain40 - 29 Jun 2008 22:58
Great pub unless you have children, dogs, or want a drink before 7.00pm. Atmosphere is non-existent and the best thing I can say about this pub is that once you realise that you really don't want to be there, if you travel about a mile along the road towards Helston you will come to the Coach and Horses.
Kernowman - 4 May 2005 21:48

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