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Cornwall pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Cornwall - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The Crown Inn, Penzance

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Address: Victoria Square, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2EP
Phone: 01736 351070
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Nearest train station: Penzance (0.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Very nice little pub this one with pleasant bar staff.

Brew their own beer and the SPA and St Michael's that were on at the time of our visit were very acceptable.

Food looked decent to.

Recommended.
28 Nov 2013 13:21
I return to this pub year after year whenever I visit Penzance. It is a gem. A proper pub with no juke box, gaming machines or other distractions. Great staff. A selection of four well kept ales and a welcoming bar and snug. Locals as pleased to see you as the staff. Can't wait for my next visit.
3 Aug 2013 21:15
I return to this pub year after year whenever I visit Penzance. It is a gem. A proper pub with no juke box, gaming machines or other distractions. Great staff. A selection of four well kept ales and a welcoming bar and snug. Locals as pleased to see you as the staff. Can't wait for my next visit.
3 Aug 2013 21:15

The Fort Inn, Newquay

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Address: 63 Fore Street, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HA
Phone: 01637 875700
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Nearest train stations: Newquay (0.5 miles), Quintrel Downs (2.9 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Wanted to check it out cause of the high score on here. Cheap food place by the looks of it but an excellent tribute.
22 Apr 2014 18:04
Horrible experience with kids running feral, sticky tables and slow service. If you wanted food then the queue was about 10 long. Beer was OK but sitting outside was risky with gulls trying to steal food despite wires trying stop the gulls from landing.
20 Apr 2014 13:01
Great! Excellent food, excellent ales, friendly welcome; a fantastic game-area for kids and children; a breathtaking view on Newquay bay.
Absolutely great!
22 Aug 2013 18:07

The First and Last, Penzance

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Address: 24, Alverton Rd, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4TN
Phone: 01736 364095
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Nearest train station: Penzance (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Open again, thank God. Lovely pub and can only go from strength to strength. Please visit the smaller pubs in PZ, we need a break from the standard plastic places pubs have become.
17 Mar 2014 17:31
Spent last evening at this pub and I must say it was pretty good. No food on as yet due to the new owners just about managing to open on time. However the beer (I was drinking Otter Bitter) was great. Three other beers on as well as the usual lagers, cider and Guinness. Very friendly welcome and the place has been re-formed nicely.

Well worth a visit.
2 Mar 2014 22:40
Good news. The pub has been bought privately and is opening as a free house. Beer is back on the menu. Opens tonight 1st March.
1 Mar 2014 12:13

Fountain Inn, Mevagissey

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Address: Cliff Street, Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26 6QH
Phone: 01726 842320
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Reviews by BITE users:

Nice little pub to round off a stroll around the town and harbour. Beers were in good nick - St Austell Tribute and HSD with another (Dartmoor something??) on too. Didn't get to try food, so can't comment.
11 Mar 2014 16:04
After a visit to Heligan gardens and a walk along the harbour wall we were ready for a beer and this was just the place to enjoy one and relax. This is a fabulous little pub tucked away in a side street but still in the heart of this small fishing town. Terrific atmosphere and lovely and warm and cosy! Coal fire benches and stools; local chit-chat and superb beer (my Tribute was the best I had all week and they also do HSD) We stayed for a couple of pints (and a half of the strong HSD to finish with) before heading back to Fowey on the bus. There are two bars but the little one at the front is the best with the counter tucked away round the stairhead. Large flag flooring with traditional furnishings and local-scene photographs etc. We had inteneded to try some of the other pubs in town but this was too good to leave and I would recommend it to anyone. Top notch boozer!!
16 Nov 2013 14:55
Stayed in beautiful mevagissey half term week called in three times and my wife and I and our three children were given a very warm welcome.Stunning pint of tribute and excellent fish and chips which we ate in the smugglers bar
28 Feb 2013 09:54

The Golden Lion, Port Isaac

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Address: Fore St, Port Isaac, Cornwall, PL29 3RB
Phone: 01208 880336
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Reviews by BITE users:

Decent food. The HSD was wonderful. Great view over the harbor.
13 Apr 2014 01:27
speding a sunny afternoon (if you can get) on a seat out on the balcony, overlooking the harbour, is one of the greatest pleasures you can have.

the building is stunning and the village is nestles into is even more beautifull. the staff (all 20yr old girls by the looks of things) were quick and happy, even on a busy sunday afternoon. atmosphere was lively and friendly, and the beers were decent.

all in all, an absoloulty amazing place. worth popping in just for one pint to experience that balcony view.
23 Sep 2013 15:16
Still their normal range of Tribute, Dartmoor and HSD.
Food is good at fairly reasonable prices.
20 Aug 2013 20:46

The Carpenters Arms, Polzeath

Address: Polzeath, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6TL
Phone: 01208 863579
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Reviews by BITE users:

Ah right Eddie, I understand now....there are some real dogholes that need pulling down around here too.
29 Dec 2013 17:59
Haha! Don't worry: I'm not going to make a habit of it, unlike some.

If you knew the locale, you'd probably have something to say too, and this is the nearest to any kind of a thread for the long-suffering neighbours etc. to do that.

The pub won't be much missed by real ale enthusiasts either, but if not for this blog they might have had a wasted trip, since according to BITE the pub does still exist.
29 Dec 2013 16:11
Why 'review' a non-existant pub, and comment on a building site?
29 Dec 2013 08:07

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