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user reviews of the Noughts and Crosses, Polperro

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Contrary to previous posters - Didn't have time to go in but it seems that this is a proper functioning pub again by the look of it. Landlord seems to be trying hard to offer an alternative to the 3 pilchards and the Blue Peter. Hope it works out.
Lord_Jeffers - 4 Mar 2013 12:04
This pub has closed for good: the workmen are in and the planning permission notice says 'take away'.
dred_scott - 3 May 2012 19:37
Still very much an ex-pub and no further action seems to have taken place when I looked in the window.
Lord_Jeffers - 2 Mar 2011 17:38
I understand it's been sold and to be turned into 2 apartments/bistro restaurant
obz - 13 May 2010 19:02
We were in Polperro last week and heard that this pub is going to re open soon. We have never used it in the past as we generally use the Crumplehorn at the top of the village. There are already 2 other pubs in that part of the village so I wondered whether another pub is needed. Maybe the locals know more?
hjhsh - 4 May 2010 15:26
It's closed for good. Won't be a pub any more - so they say.
ThePastyHunter - 15 Feb 2010 22:57
It has certainly improved 100% now. It'sclosed for good so doubt you will be visiting it in January KiwiPhil
beerlagerandwine - 1 Nov 2009 14:32
heard that this pub is in new hands, look foward to visiting when we visit polperro in January. My dad visited last weekend and says its improved 100 times over
kiwiphil - 24 Oct 2009 21:54
Disappointing, food okay, staff okay, music at sunday lunch time Lincoln Park, not to everyones taste.
young_uk - 4 Oct 2009 21:56
Moodybloo1. I apologise unreservedly for not appreciating that the problem was the technology rather than the general business operation. I hope you are up and running soon with the kit to take card payments as there must be shed loads of people who walk on by when they see that sign..

The beer tester, just got back from Kenya and used the cards to pay for quite a lot of goods and services. Kenya is in the developing world and in some aspects, could be said to be 150 years behind the UK in its growth, development and atitude. So where exactly does that leave yourself and arguably parts of Cornwall in regard to using the "spastic plastic" as you so thoughtfully and respectfully put it?

Yours........always pay cash when binge drinking.......sam pig
sampig - 1 Sep 2009 09:13
i would like to thank 'the beer tester' for your comments, that means you obviously met one of us as myself and my partner are now running the pub. we have worked hard to clean this place up and make it a comfortable place for all. i do not appreciate the ignorance of some people with ref to the credit card machine, this is something we are waiting on from the bank not so we can steal from ourselves which to us seems rather stupid. we are sorry that previous landlords ruined this pub but all we ask is for a chance to show we are improving things and it is a long hard slog for us. we work very long hours and still smile for our customers. its so nice to read positive reviews but also if there are negative reviews we will always try our best to put things right. this is an extremely old building dating back several hundred years so while we are trying to maintain the character and charm of the building, we have to also consider the 21st century requirements. those that wish to have a nice quiet drink during the week, either holiday makers or locals , everyone receives a warm and friendly welcome even if they dont carry just cash! we are currently addressing any concerns brought to our attention so, if you come in and there is a problem please have the decency to come and talk to either of us and we will do whatever we can to put this right. this is a nice friendly pub and our staff are always polite and friendly and always willing to help, even when its something bad. give us a go and dont judge us on previous owners please
moodybloo1 - 22 Aug 2009 02:08
The spelling, grammar and content of Beer Tester's post reveals who the binge drinker is!
Dump of a pub,always has been,always will be.
glubglub - 15 Aug 2009 08:36
In my line of work, we are asked to sum the Pubs and Bars we attend up in three words. When it comes to the 'Noughts + Crosses' Pub in Polperro three words come to mind. These are 'Proffesional, Classic and Cosy'. Strangely enough everything you want from a small local.

The Pub had been closed for a time (so I gather) but has again been brought to life by Its new landlord and partner. Six weeks in and they have done a commendable job of sorting out just about everything wrong with the place. Having worked in a Pub enviroment before, I know the amount of effort that is required.

For the Un-educated users of this site, kindly take a moment to think about the work that goes into the running and maintaining of a pub. The opperative word being 'Pub'. Not Restaurant, although the food the kitchen turns out is of Restaurant standard. In my opinion, the Pub does a very good job at doing both serving the perfect pint and doing a mean Sunday roast.

Deffinatly one to visit. It just says Pretty Little Local. On a hot day, I reccomend stopping in and sipping a nice cold pint. It offers a friendly enviroment for children and dogs in the daytime and a stunning 'wow' factor when it comes to the evening.

One To Visit.

Mr sampig.
Please take a moment to consider the feeling of that of the landlord when commenting on the site. I'm sure that given the chance, you would do a much better job than all of them. Its funny that the internet cannot convey sarcasm very well. As for the 'no cheques, credit cards or debit cards are accepted here' well if you want to go and binge with your mates and use your spastic plastic cards, go ahead. But dont dare nock the quite little buisnesses that are cornwall. And Gordon (a personal friend of mine from the Chef world) you may know him from 'F word' would find the pub as I have found it - wonderful. As as for the reference to stealing....Grow up, remove head from rectum and open your eyes. No buissness owner would dream of doing such a thing, it angers me so that your brain has been rotted by that of binge drinking. I pitty you.

All in all, Great Pub.

TheBeerTester - 13 Aug 2009 00:41
This is one of those strange pubs that makes me wonder why the people running it decided to go into the service industry, clue being that running a pub is providing a service in exchange for money.

So, in this day and age, how can any publican justifiably put a notice in the window saying "no cheques, credit cards or debit cards are accepted here", or words to that effect.

The first thing that indicates to me is the Landlord is working cash only to avoid declaring all the money that is going through the tills. Why would that be? Considering most people now carry ready cash for drinks etc but the default setting for meals is plastic, how on earth does the Landlord expect to make any money?

The mind boggles at what Gordon Ramsay would have to say about the Noughts and Crosses. Funnily enough, on a busy sunny August Sunday, the two nearby pubs were done out whereas this one was almost empty.. Coincidence? Probably not...
sampig - 5 Aug 2009 14:07
I was staying within 50 yards and dropped by on first evening - upon which a youth having a smoking break outside allowed his (untethered) staffie dog to terrorise my (tethered) spaniel and when I expressed my concern I was told that 'He should have let it rip your ****ing throat out".

I decided not to visit again.....and an acquaintance I met in another pub said the tables were sticky with dirt.

I would say though that I did NOT witness the previously mentioned mobs of unruly people all around the outside.
davidsouthuk - 15 Jun 2009 11:16
Glad to see this pub open again. The new people in here seem to be keeping the rowdyness under control which has to be a good thing. The beers seem to be kept well, the staff seem, polite? the food at the moment is average but it seems there are plans to make this better.
pasty_hunter - 16 May 2009 12:07
this pub would have been better converted into a restaurant, house, shop...anything but a pub!
driptrays - 19 Apr 2009 19:01
skinnersbeer - 19 Mar 2009 00:05
Damn, this place was closed, really wanted to visit from an anthropological perspective.
man_versus_horse - 14 Feb 2009 15:20
I dont think that the genrealisation that people from 'social housing' is fair or right in this case, as the clientelle of this pub is varied, and the vast majority of the people in there are not from the housing estate! That said, i agree that the smoking ban is a major catalyst in this issue, as the pub does not have anywhere for their customers to go other than on the street. Not that this is an excuse, and it does not excuse the behaviour of the customers.
beerslops - 7 Nov 2008 12:44
I think there are a number of seperate points here :

[1] The pub is horrid with rubbish food , beer and toilets and a clientele from the texas chain saw massacre [ many of whom are under age as this pub is known to be "the place" for under age drinkers "no questions asked" ].

[2] Most of the cottages around the pub are holiday cottages so there are few locals to complain unlike than with other pubs in the village where locals have been on to the council. If you look on rightmove and other property websites there are quite a few "locals" trying to get out of Lansallos street probably because of the noise.

[3] The problem is mainly down to the smoking ban and people need to lobby MPs/ councillors because forcing people out of pubs into tiny streets such as in Polperro was always going to cause problems.

The situation in Polperro is not helped by those in social housing at the top of the village coming down for a "good time" and causing mayhem [ after all they are the only ones left who can afford a pint and a smoke !!].

I am afraid that if you have an idea of coming to a lovely village for a relaxing time forget it if your accomodation is near this hell hole of a pub

jollyjohnB - 6 Nov 2008 00:33
Apologies to Cleggy for using this site to rant about the cottage as well - but I just wanted to point out that the pub has an environmental responsibility to the locals and the holiday-makers staying in the area. The front door of the pub is literally 13ft from the front door of the cottage with the area in between being used as a "open air bar". Not entirely the pub's fault because of the smoking ban - but despite promises from the land-lady to control it, she did not and let the late night revellers do entirely as they pleased. We paid £920 for the cottage for that bank holiday week (plus an additional £350 to stay in alternative B&B after the 3rd sleepless night) so you can see why we are trying to air our grievances as much as we can!
CarolM - 5 Nov 2008 12:17
Sorry- agree with the majority, terrible pub, My wine glass was dirty and sticky, the wine itself was tepid and tasteless and my bloke said his pint was only 'so so '. As for the clientele - majority local by the conversations they had, they were abyssmal. This pub Lets Polperro down badly.
Wouldnt reccomend and marked low for the dirty wine glass
irishcream - 3 Nov 2008 22:22
We had an early dinner here on 30 October 2008. The service we received was unbelievable. Firstly there was no beer or guiness in the pub because of a delivery problem according to the barman ! If that was not bad enough- I asked for a glass of red wine and the barman said that as they had none (!) his colleague was going to buy some red wine at the off licence. An hour later no wine had appeared, despite asking a number of times. Clearly the whole story was made up and there was never going to be any red wine.
Despite this, we did eat at the pub; only because the barman served my wife her drink, before admitting that they didn't have anything that I might have wanted.... The food was not good. The Whitebait we had for a starter was clearly frozen and not fresh and in a batter. My steak was full of gristle and fat, accompanied by uncooked frozen chips.. My wife had scallops which were disppointing because they were not in a cream and pesto sauce as the menu had described. We should have sent all the food back and left. I cannot remember having such poor food or sevice in a pub. Avoid this pub at all costs.
anthonym - 1 Nov 2008 15:49
Although, it must be disoncerting to have this sort of bother, a lot of the comments here relate to a holiday cottage and not the pub, its ale or its food. Think we could be In danger of losing the point of BITE here? There are several polperro forums if you want/need to discuss these particular issues?
Cleggy - 26 Oct 2008 22:46
I am not at all surprised, njj, and thanks for putting the other side's point of view! I have several friends in Polperro, and fully appreciate that this problem is caused by a very small percentage of Polperro's population! However, I don't think many people staying for just a week will want to go down the road of complaining to the police (one of the voiciferous youngsters was about to be interviewed for the job of a Police Community Support Officer!), after all, they are on holiday! Surely the residents who live in the vicinity are the ones to complain - or are all the properties holiday lets? The fact remains, this is a serious issue and needs to be resolved. I don't think it is people who are on holiday that are best equipped to do this, it is Polperro's residents, especially the landlord of the Noughts & Crosses, who needs to get the house in order.
nigelrowe - 26 Oct 2008 12:48
To all those commenting on the 'foul mouthed locals'. You will probably find this hard to believe, but I am one of many decent (local) people who live in Polperro, and intend to stay here. Despite certain comments, there is not a mass exodus of locals! Yes we accept that there are some persons here who are doing their level best to destroy the village's reputation, but there are many more of us who are not. It is not the landlord of the cottage's job to complain to police about incidents, as he is not living there; if you are staying in the cottage and experience trouble call the police, the licensing authorities and ahyone else who will listen. If there is negligence and contravention to license by the pub owners, and it continues, then the matter will be dealt with by the relevant people.
njj1978 - 25 Oct 2008 22:22
I have been contacted by one of the contributors below regarding this issue concerning foul-mouthed locals. The management of the Noughts & Crosses really need to sort out this problem. It is their customers, after all, that are causing the problem. I cannot believe that this situation is allowed to continue - are the management not responsible people? I wonder if ther police are aware of this? I imagine only residents living nearby would be likely to complain to the police. I have stayed opposite a pub in Camden Town where there is not this problem. I am dismayed that the problem exists in a Cornish fishing village. The owner of Little Laney is certainly aware of this problem, but to date has allegedly taken no action.
nigelrowe - 23 Oct 2008 13:23
This place was absolute " shite" . I loved it, the beer was ok. not particularly fine, the toilets stank, the customers we met were total white trash who were very rather feral. my dad said he wouldnt normally bother to drink in here but as we were on a bit of a crawl we had to have at least one to tick it off the list.
will now leave it to the reebok wearing trailer park holiday chavs. rate this a 1 only because it did actually serve beer.
kiwiphil - 21 Oct 2008 20:14
Like Nigel our holiday was completely ruined through our bad choice of staying at Little Laney opposite the N&C in Polperro. I complained to the land-lady after 3 nights of having yobs sitting on our doorstep and on our windowsills, going through the same stories which Nigel heard. We thumped on the window one time at 2.30am and this only made them worse. In the end my hubby and I had to move out half way through as we were so stressed. The owner of the cottage has refused to take any responsibility because he says that he has never had complaints before and it is the pub we should be taking our issues up with. However, the landlady said that she had advised him previously that he should warn people staying at the cottage about the close proximity and the nature of the pub. We never drank or ate in there because we were so fed up with the place at night let alone during the day. However, it did seem to have a constant trickle of families going in and out during the day so assume it is popular with holiday makers.
CarolM - 21 Oct 2008 11:30
Still horrid. Foul mouthed yobs keeping decent folk awake because of the smoking ban. If you are a holiday maker renting in Polperro then beware of late night noise keeping you awake. Just look at how many locals are selling to get out !! . This pub is probably the worst. As well as the noise there is the copulating and drunkeness in the street to cope with late at night. You may have a better holiday in West Ham or Moss side. Forget how well or not the beer is kept its not relevent
PS - toilets still smell.

jollyjohnB - 17 Oct 2008 23:56
Hmm, agree about the foul-mouthed locals. We were unlucky enough to hire Little Laney, immediately opposite the Noughts. Thanks (I guess) to the smoking ban, the swearing regulars seemed to spend the evening in the street, talking so loud we could hear every word. We learnt quite a bit about the locals, who'd had an abortion, for example! Little Laney is up for sale. God help whoever buys it! However, the Noughts has some well kept beers, and if nothing else, you just have to try the hand dryer in the toilets!
nigelrowe - 9 Oct 2008 15:21
Still not the best in Polperro by a mile. Lots of under age foul mouthed youths smoking outside make this place intimidating. The greasy inside and toilets you dont want to stay in too long make this place depressing - if you are coming to Polperro avoid this place like the plague it really is horrid - there are better places to drink and eat
jollyjohnB - 8 Sep 2008 01:18
Don't bother !! enough said !!
jono194 - 14 Jul 2008 21:53
called in on Sunday, No improvement in ale, surroundings or atmosphere. What has gone wrong here?
cornishcream - 17 Jun 2008 21:26
Not the best in Polperro in my view. I did see some improvements on my last visit. Looked cleaner and I had a couple of very enjoyable local ales in there.
Cleggy - 14 Jun 2008 16:09
pubvisitor1 - 11 Jun 2008 00:51
Since the new tenants took over the cottage next to this dump has been sold and the cottage on the other side is on the market,as is the one opposite.
Foul-mouthed aggressive youths smoking and shouting in the narrow street til the early hours makes this more like an inner city.
The village website is conducting a poll on favourite pubs and this hole is the only pub to have received no votes whatsoever.Avoid.
glubglub - 9 Jun 2008 13:33
I must say that I agree with jollyjohnb, when he says the toilets are smelly. It looks like they have tried to refurbish but it hasn't worled! Would not eat here because my view on all pubs is if they can't keep the public areas clean, what does the kitchen look like? Also seems to be full of kids.
njj1978 - 29 May 2008 20:41
a nice pub, but the noise level does cause some concern. Due to the smoking ban, everyone stands outside the pub, which is fine during the day, but at night this becomes quite an issue. If they could get this problem sorted out it would be a great pub, but this does let it down.
beerslops - 29 May 2008 13:47
Just come home from polperro.

tinaloise - 26 May 2008 16:45
Terrible - the "canteen" like lounge,the smelly toilets and the atmosphere.
The place can only be described as unwholesome.
Far too many under age youngsters from the local council estate for my liking.
One to be avoided at all costs and the worst establishment in Polperro by some way.
If you are in Polperro and want a nice pint,decent food and to actually meet the "locals" you cannot beat the Blue Peter or the Millhouse

jollyjohnB - 4 May 2008 18:09
Improved food from our last visit, good beer, The atmosphere was fine but after being in the mill house, draculas castle would feel warm! staff were polite.

hellsbelles - 14 Apr 2008 22:17
Really pleased to see how new landlord & lady have brightened up and reinvigorated the Noughts, found them both to be very friendly and welcoming.Nice restaurant in lower bar for a meal and really enjoyed atmosphere in upper bar area (agree with purenirvana about the excellent jukebox!) This is as a real pub should be where you can get a good meal but also enjoy a sociable drink in a proper bar!!

Cannot relate at all to negative posts by pubpubpubpub and glubglub!!?
alemart - 31 Mar 2008 20:54
Agree with pubpubpubpub.
Previous 2 posts both contain "couldn't do enough for us" and length of posts also bit of a giveaway!
Cannot comment on the beer as we didn't bother to try.
It's gone a bit chavy since previous landlord left.
glubglub - 19 Mar 2008 14:54
Not sure about these last two reviews. Always dubious of people who only ever review one place....
Too many kids (16/17 year olds) for my liking. Dirty place with filthy toilets
pubpubpubpub - 18 Mar 2008 00:05
Stayed in Polperro for a week in February 2008. Did our usual tour of all the pubs on arrival and finished off in the Naughts. This was by far the friendliest pub in Polperro. Lee (the landlord) couldn’t do enough for us, a genuinely friendly and all round nice chap. He is a Southampton FC fan but you can’t hold that one against him! Lee and his wife have been running the pub since May’07 and they are doing a fine job! The staff and locals are friendly too.

The food was superb and well priced, we ate here 5 nights out of the 7 we stayed. The beer was well kept and of an even price with all the other pubs locally. Also the jukebox is excellent, you can pick any tune ever released going right back to 1952! We had great fun playing the number 1’s from our birthdays and amazing ourselves finding the most obscure tunes!!

Seriously, if you want a good night out and some quality food don’t miss this place! We even asked to have the mighty Spurs on TV one of the evenings and Lee couldn’t be happier to oblige! It was great to have a “local” whilst on holiday. We will certainly return again, be sure to go yourself!!

purenirvana - 7 Mar 2008 18:03
Visited the Noughts this week having not been in Polperro for a while. Never really been a regular visitor to the Noughts as previous expereinces have been unwelcoming. However we noticed how busy it was during our first couple of days of holiday, so we went in for a pint & decided to stay for a meal!
What a change!
Really nice staff & atmosphere, made really welcome & they couldnt do enough for us.
Food was gorgeous, local fresh seafood & great tikka masala!
Just felt like home from home - will be back soon!
meggymoon77 - 10 Feb 2008 18:21
unfriendly bar staff, not very helpful. If there is football on you will not be able to eat although menu's are left out.
Lewis2007 - 4 Dec 2007 06:27
Ale was reasonable, but clientelle unwelcoming. The 'lounge' room reminded me of a canteen... I think there are better options in Polperro.
smileyfarmerboy - 7 Aug 2007 16:04
Outstanding!! New Landlord & Lady have done a cracking job in a very short time since my last visit.
Bar area improved ten-fold along with the exterior decor, staff and overall atmosphere. Felt at home with the staff and locals after 5mins of chatting and laughed for England during our visit. We'd only popped in for a quick one before our usual 'Tour of Duty' but ended up staying all evening & night. All the food passing our table looked fantastic which made it tricky to choose for ourselves, and thank God their still making there own homemade soup.
If you go to Polperro without going to the Noughts, you haven't been to Polperro at all!
Thirsty247 - 27 Jun 2007 23:13
Average beer served by surly staff who did not like being told to top up a less than full pint. The head did even reach the top of the glass, let alone the beer
HoppyImbiber - 12 Jun 2007 14:17
Went in there the last night before it changed hands 30th May,friendly crowd and decent beer.
255marathonman - 3 Jun 2007 18:33
Popped into the Noughts for a drink, tiny/cosy front bar where you can throw some arrows. And listen to a talkative parrot. Restaurant at the back a little bigger. The beer was adequate, and the landlord was a very decent chap. Great pub to while away an hour in the afternoon.
londinieres - 12 May 2007 16:16
Cor blimey - popped into every pub in Polperro during our recent week long stay and this is one pub we didn't return to...

Entered the pub and had a bit of a "don't go on the moors" type moment as the tumble weed rolled passed...

Still, beer was good (Betty Stoggs). Menu looked ok, if you like chips with everything.
hello_dave - 7 Jan 2007 21:43
I have visited this pub a number of times on visits to Polperro and certainly since the new landlord and landlady tookover a couple of years back it has been on the up and up and seems to get better every time I visit. Great food, reasonably priced, good beer and above all a real friendly welcome from all the staff. Take no notice of the negative comments above, anyone who feeds their children Nuggets & Chips is not exactly Gordon Ramsay are they. When you're in Polperro pop into the Noughts - you'll be pleased you did
Martintoad - 28 Mar 2006 14:50
me, my wife & 2 young children visited this pub twice in feb 2006,we were made most welcome, the food was fantastic! steak & scallops top choice.regulars seem a good bunch too.
figgystardust - 21 Mar 2006 23:15
Me and my family came here for an evening meal, we read the boards outside, it looked very nice and welcoming, only to discover that we wernt welcomed at all. My youngest Sarah had chicken nuggets and chips, the meal came after an hour of waiting, and the chips were cold and the chicken nuggests were overfried, i advise you not to come here. its discusting.
anonymous - 26 Nov 2005 22:15
served me a burnt pie and refused to refund me. We will not be going there again.
phredd - 21 Oct 2005 23:02
This was a super pub, it seems a bit tired now. It wouldn't take much to restore it to its former glory. A friendly landlord, but it's got rather a dingy feel to it.
nigelrowe - 19 Sep 2005 14:54
bit sad
the scallops were very small and burnt
the steak and guiness pie was rejected by 2 of our party. previously cooked pie heated up by putting under a grill and so burning the pastry. vegetables overdone. staff argued about our complaints. Not the way to keep customers happy.
anonymous - 14 Aug 2005 01:41
BEERBLUES - 19 Jul 2005 10:36
A lovely, split-level local, serving good local ales and lovely food.
Nigel - 20 Aug 2004 17:43

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