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Pirate Inn, Alverton

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Seems to have changed hands again and the new managers/owners seem a little obsessed with signs..... which mainly seem to say 'no dogs' or 'no children' and with a big sign saying 'rules' for the beer garden......

Beer in good condition but hardly a family friendly atmosphere......begs the question if you don't like dogs / kids / people sitting in your beer garden why run a pub??
ridleyman - 22 Jul 2019 18:37
The Pirate Inn was our first stop in Penzance after the nearby Polgoon Cider shop. It's located in the North West outskirts and is a reasonable choice. Having had high hopes of finding real cider in Cornwall, it was the first place I'd visited with any on. Never had an Old Rosie seemed more appealing. It was busy on our early Sunday evening visit with a mixture of drinkers and diners. I'd planned to eat here. But our B & B owner did not recommend it. The idea of tapas did appeal. But we soon found out that they only serve it until 5pm, unless like a couple of locals who walked in after us, you know the owners! Still a nice pub though. Ales were all from Sharp's - Doom Bar, Atlantic & Sea Fury.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Sep 2018 19:23

Now re-opened and under new ownership........and still a pub.

ridleyman - 24 May 2013 16:13

The Pirate has been up for sale for some closed.

ridleyman - 1 Feb 2013 16:33
Another visit for their first beer festival on June 26th. It was a good set up with casks in a party tent in the garden. We had 3 of their Cornish beers, Skinners, Wooden Hannd and Keltek and had no problem with any of them. Friendly staff and good food.
gillhalfpint - 10 Jul 2009 17:45
I suppose Penzance had to have a Pirate pub somewhere and this one is just a short stroll out of the main town. The first thing that strikes you is that it is back to front with the main door at the rear on the opposite side to the main road. I was expecting a strong pirate theme throughout with Jolly Rogers fluttering from fake masts, ceremonial planks and staff with false wooden legs and stuffed parrots on the shoulder. Instead, the carpeted 2 bar interior is quite run of the mill and plainly decorated with some exposed stone walls and a few token maritime pictures. At one end is a small raised dining area and at the other a lobby that leads through to a public bar with pool table. There is a caged bird that I will take as a parrott substitute but donít expect any Pieces of Eight squarks. Ales included Doom Bar, Abbot and Betty Stoggs, prices and quality fine on my brief visit. Overall it is a cosy enough place and seems quite friendly and civilised but it lacks any real charm or character to make it a worthwhile trip although if you have kids you can let them loose in the decent kid friendly garden.
RogerB - 27 Mar 2009 16:04
Had a walk from town while doing Good Beer Guide pubs and enjoyed our ale sitting in the lovely sun trap of a garden.
gillhalfpint - 20 Aug 2008 14:50
Had an evening meal here end of June. Looked forward to this visit, ref. to previous reviews. But in total we got a bit dissapointed; Had mackerell w/ salad, and my wife had crab cakes.., and we both agreed it was below average quality. The ales were good, though. Nice location, outside beer garden and playing space for children. But the place was nearly empty (monday night). We later found better pubs down near the Penzance harbour, so we didn't bother to try again.
hgr - 13 Jul 2008 14:35
Had a good time here last summer while in Cornwall for my brother's wedding. Good range of mainly West Country beers on offer, friendly staff and local drinkers.

Thanks for allowing me to play the pub piano as well as the free pint! Next time I'm in the area I will make a beeline for the Pirate Inn.
lad_newton - 12 Sep 2007 17:49
spent a very enjoyable evening here whilst on a short break in the area. me and the missus were made very welcome by the landlord, landlady and locals. a very cosy place which has warmth and character. the ale i tried (two skinner's and exmoor gold) was fine. was told by other visitors that the food was excellent - certainly the menu looked varied and great value.
we attended on a tuesday which is their weekly cornish folk night - it was a great session that was well attended by local musicians. they also have a guest artist on a thursday too so i'm told.
if you're staying in penzance it's an easy stroll from the town centre. and if you're staying in newlyn or mousehole, it's right on the bus route to/from penzance (you can catch one after closing time too). it's definitely worth the (short) detour if you're visiting. i'll certainly be back next time i'm in the area.
thelunaticfringe - 5 Oct 2006 18:11
Nice big beer garden here for those sunny days. We did however have 2 very poor pints of ale,including a very warm Skinners and a quite vinegary exmoor fox.
We did put this down to it being a very busy day in Penzance, and am sure it is usually a lot better. Overall a well deserved 7/10.
fat_beer_badger - 27 Jun 2006 14:00
Well kept ales and regular entertainment nights. Mostly a locals pub for the adjacent council estate, also recommended by the youth hostel staff to their customers for a quick evening drink.
gwiwer - 12 May 2005 15:59
Bruce from Canada says" Abbot Ale is the best! Erica is a great cook! Great pub!
Bruce Gough - [email protected] - 22 Oct 2004 19:22
This has to be the best pub in cornwall possibly in britain, There are 2 excellent hosts Paul And Erica, a Good variety of local beverages & and a brilliant souvenier t-shirt, which i also happen to be wearing as i am writing this. Me and 16 of my friends made this pub our local for two weeks when we were staying at the youth hostel which is 4 mins walk away. A big thank you to Paul and Erica!!!!!!:D
Chris Smart - 9 Oct 2004 14:02
Great pub - good food and beer, good quality food at very good prices. The best pub in Penzance.
diane - 29 Sep 2004 18:06
Great range of real ales. Well kept and dispenced.
Jovial hosts Paul and Erica.
Good food and atmosphere.
Terry Webb - 20 Sep 2004 08:58
Fantastic pub. Great atmosphere n souvenier t-shirts! Im wearing mine now!
anonymous - 16 Aug 2004 20:26
good real ales. good food, open all day. Great garden for kids, lafge car park. Ten minutes walk from town.
I have to admit that I am the landlady ! but all this is true !
erica hornsby - 10 Jul 2004 19:53

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