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Decent pub with a deceptively large beer garden to while away the hours in the sunshine. Unfortunately we only had time to stay for one but I could've easily stayed longer.

Didn't have food but it looked good as it went past to other tables. Also, the main bar looked loke a proper pub bar, so although they may have a focus on food - and who can blame them - there were plenty of people sitting around just having a light ale when we were there. I liked the atmosphere in there, relaxed, but helpful and friendly staff.

Gets a decent 7/10 from me.
Keef_Peacock - 30 Aug 2013 20:14
Decent seaside ye olde type pub, st Austell ales only, so ale choice a bit tiring. Busy and food focused and so behind the pub like style lies a restaurant. For a quite pint with an ale choice to elsewhere, for a friendly restaurant with some pub charm enter.

Kids play area is ace I.e not broken and easy to watch the nippers whilst nursing a boring pint of St. austell
parmantom - 6 Oct 2012 17:31
An attractive pub in the heart of Salcombe, it offers extensive, terraced gardens and a pleasant ambience although there does seem to be quite an emphasis on food to the detriment of punters who may just want a pint.

The main bar at the front has some attractive giant flagstones on the floor, mustard colour paintwork and dark red/maroon wood panelling on the lower part of the walls. There was a brick fire-place at each end, one with black painted bricks, and each containing a wood burning stove. A number of black beans on the ceiling and a couple of red leather sofa�s completed the cosy feel and there were various nautical pictures on the wall as well as other nautical artefacts such as a ship�s lantern and wheel. A small bar off to the right was perhaps slightly less food focused, but there were still a number of people eating here. There was also a separate dining room off to the left.

The gardens at the back are on three levels and extend back a considerable distance, much further than would be expected from looking at the front of the pub and the topmost level offers glimpses of the sea. There is also a kid�s climbing frame. The menu was extensive and most of the mains were priced at around the �10 - �12 mark. There was also a fish specials board. We had Beer battered cod with chips, minted mushy peas and homemade tartare sauce and a Double baked pork belly, both of which were very good. Staff were helpful and friendly.

Beers on tap were all from St. Austell�s, with their Trelawney, Proper Job, Tribute and Dartmoor Best. Ciders were Strongbow and Cornish Rattler, along with a couple of other Rattler derivatives such as pear and berry.
Blackthorn - 27 Jul 2012 12:20
Cosey pub with an open fire and a good selection of ales. St Austell Tribute and Proper Job were both excellent. Good food and friendly bar staff. Wednesday night quiz was a bonus.
CBiggins - 7 Jan 2012 16:55
Very nice pub with a lovely beer garden. Only critism is today when the 'specials' board was offered i had to comment to the waitress that there was no vegetarian selection available and said she should tell the chef to look at this. I see there was only two vegetarian options besides a sandwich on the main menu.
sheila2 - 2 May 2011 22:47
Best pub in Salcombe for beer,food,atmosphere and friendly service.
kwhemingway - 24 Nov 2010 17:14
New owners seem to be trying hard, beer and food have always been goo on my visits.
Tightfart - 28 Jul 2010 19:29
I'm sorry that Phillipm didn't appear to enjoy his visit to us (9 June review). I'm always sorrier that customers don't talk to US when they feel there experience has been less than what they would have liked it to be as well.

To be succinct - ALL of our food is frshly home cooked. The veg are pre-cooked and then re-heated in accordance with the vast majority of establishments - with the amount of covers we do, it would be untennable to do anything less.

We do give large portions of everything - including chips (chilled not frozen) but we also have rice, cous cous and new potatoes with many of the dishes. The only thing we sell that we haven't cooked or made ourselves is the Bread and the Ice cream.

We don't sell Clam Chowder - we sell Shell Fish Chowder. I've always said personally that I can't stand this dish, but it is one of our best selling dishes on the menu, and many hundreds of customers return time and time again just for this.

I have a very strong policy that if customers are less than delighted with their experience I will personally talk to them and try to address their issues, and if I'm not available then I have 2 managers who are.

Our motto is 'A Traditional Pub with Traditional Values' and I stand by that.

lillibet56 - 28 Jul 2010 12:22
We recently ate at this pub on a visit to Salcombe and had the worst meal of our stay there. If you are into speed dating then go here to enjoy speed dining 3 courses in under 45 minutes. The best thing about the food was the chef really knew hw to use a microwave as everything appearred to come out of one after been re heated. The "highly recommended " Clam Chowder was simply appalinng and the other meals were complimented with masses of chips .
Please avoid this place at alll costs .
philipm - 9 Jun 2010 14:54
Quite a revelation. Hadn't been in here for around 10 years, due to taking against the previous, miserable incumbent. Not much liking The Fort or The Kings', I therefore always fell back on the (flawed) Ferry Inn.

Wearying of it - and Palmers/ Copper - last week, I gave The Vic another go. And, as I say at the top, something of a revelation.

The large front bar to the right is still that: but somehow cosier and roomier at the same time. Roaring fire, and five taps of St Austell (IPA, two Trib, Proper Job and a.n.other). Good atmosphere, voluble but friendly landlady and the beer all in good nick. With the rest of the pub largely given over to food, it is always a relief to find somewhere that also acknowledges the wet side too.

Back again over a couple of days, and then discovered the excellent garden on a sunny day...

While The Ferry may have the better view (and one only eclipsed by the FBI in Dittisham); I shan't be back in a hurry. The Vic it is from now on...

grovetown - 18 Apr 2010 19:09
I�m not sure The Victoria is easily the best pub in town as I thought all of the Sea front pubs with the exception of The Ferry, were decent boozers on my visit to Salcombe. But it probably shades it due to its location on the main Fore street opposite the harbour area, the well-kept St Austell�s ales and most of all the excellent multi tiered beer garden and play area, from which you can see over the top of the pub to the sea.
Had an outside BBQ going on the evening of my visit, which was good quality and quantity for the �10.00 charge
Inside there is a fairly decent bar area and then two dining rooms, one off to the left of the bar and one upstairs.
The real ales on were IPA, Tribute and Proper Job and the couple I tried were perfectly fine.

Gann - 30 Oct 2009 23:35
Went a couple of weeks ago and were able to sit in the garden in the good weather. Enjoyed the beer (IPA was �2.10 a pint!!!) and this is the best pub in Salcombe in my view although they all have their attractions.
paul_d102 - 7 Oct 2009 12:06
My favourite of the Salcombe pubs - the St Austell IPA being particularly good - friendly atmosphere and comfortable places to sit or stand.
Beer_Hound - 25 Sep 2009 17:05
Have just been down to Salcombe for e week having not been there for about 2 years . Well what a turn around in this pub - now easily the best pub in town - good beer , food and cider . Also has a great garden . Along with friendly landlord/lady and chatty staff it couldn't have made my week better - encourages me to head southwest more !!!

And I got to be on the Telly !!!
millreef - 24 Jun 2009 13:07
My wife and I first visited the Victoria Inn on our very first trip to Salcombe during Autumn last year. It was a cold, windy day, but that was soon forgotten once we were inside. It was a real gem of a pub, with a lovely warm, cosy atmosphere, aided by a roaring log fire. The staff and clientele were friendly, the real ales kept to perfection and the food was superb. We have returned several times since and have never been disappointed. We were there recently during a Spring break. The place was packed, but we found ourselves a corner for lunch. The beer battered cod is just brilliant. And apparently they use a lot of local produce in their menu. The landlord's a real gent and the landlady is bubbly and good fun. Found out on this trip that they'd only been there a week when we first visited, and the place was half dead. Well, they've definitely given it the kiss of life. I ran a pub for three years, and whatever they're doing, they're doing it right!
northernmark - 18 May 2009 20:54
Since we took over the Victoria Inn some 8 months ago we have grown the business and feedback had been brilliant. We open our upstairs restaurant when bookings demand it - and as this visit would appear to have been at Easter that would have been the reason - and although it may have looked quiet - we were in fact almost fully booked every day of the Easter break.

I'm sorry that Queenelly didn't enjoy her visit to us. The Chowder is one of our biggest sellers - in fact customers come to us particularly for this dish, so I'm sorry if she or her party didn't enjoy it. I am also most surprised that Queenelly found service to be lacking as we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. On the rare occasions that there is ever a query on the quality of food or any other aspect of service delivery, I or my Manager always speak to the customer personally and try to resolve to everyones satisfaction.
blushlush - 17 May 2009 20:20
Good atmosphere, but for some reason we were moved upstairs to eat even though we had arrived early. We all plumped for their signature dish of sea food chowder and were hugely disappointed. A couple of tiny mussels and prawns swimming in what can only be described as hot cream do not make a chowder. Service left a lot to be desired and we all felt it wasn't good value for quite a lot of money.
queenelly - 17 Apr 2009 14:28
We went here for lunch on Boxing Day 2008. We had a wonderful curry - just what was needed. The new Landlady was a lot of fun. We would definitely go back when we next go to Salcombe. There was a lovely atmosphere even in the depths of winter!
ceb396 - 12 Feb 2009 17:51
Excellent village pub.
Log fire, good beer, cheery Landlady, happy atmosphere - exactly what a pub should be. And even better - wonderful curry buffet on Boxing Day, perfect after an estuary walk.
noona - 7 Jan 2009 09:03
More food-related certificates per square metre of wall space than any pub I've ever been in, but still accommodates the drinkers. Open all day, and a pleasant garden in which to enjoy a very decent pint of Tribute. Not cheap, but then nowhere in Salcombe is. For anything.
WebelMC - 4 Jul 2008 21:56
Seems to concentrate solely on food now which is a shame as the locals have abandoned the place . The service is a shambles - one person to run the bar and the food is ridiculous - people leaving due to the wait . Closed in the afternoon....all in all a real waste - the food is good but so is the Tribute ale (although one day they had no ale at all ) , needs a shake up one feels !
anonymous - 20 Feb 2007 09:47
Shame, visited it on a Friday night & was told by the mangeress(?) that it would be closing at 10pm. Not sure if they were having problems but there was only one other couple in there & both the Dartmoor bitter & the St. Austell was flat as dishwater. Could be a good drinker.
rikbrewer - 30 Mar 2006 16:51
Really excellent beer and very good food . Highly recomended .
anonymous - 24 May 2005 12:28
We had a meal there over easter - food was very good, no complaints at all.
theory900 - 1 Apr 2005 08:38
This place had a good overhaul recently and is a pleasant place to sit. Small bar for your drinking pleasure and the beer is good for a pub filled with the well heeled from london (they can put a head on it)It serves food and is aiming itself at the food market. The food is average
alister - 2 Mar 2005 12:33

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