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Certainly a locals pub and quite dark and dingy.

Didn't feel like they really wanted us in there so didn't really like the place.

It is however very pubby and has some great old photo on the wall I could imagine it having quite a good atmosphere in here in the evening especially if music is playing.

Sadly perhaps bad timing for us.

montie49 - 10 Feb 2020 17:20
Second stop in St Just was the Star. It's a two room village local with seemingly friendly locals and staff. It has a mobile phone policy. Rugby was being shown on the TVs. Ales were the same 3 St Austell ales in the King's Arms over the road - Tribute, Proper Job & Cornish Best. But they did have a guest, which was Bath Gem. Healey's Rattler was on for the wife. Another atmospheric village local and the better of the two we tried in this village.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Sep 2018 19:08
Spent a few evenings here while staying in the area last week. There is a folk music night which is enjoyable.
Miles007 - 23 Jul 2017 10:33
I always pop in when doing the bus trip between Sennen and Zennor.

Smashing Cornish pub, all the usual Cornish brews,, HSD, Tinners et al ( yummy)

sometimes I get the feeling that the locals resent grockles, so I try to
drop into the conversation that I am not looking for a second home.

Leftinthepub44 - 26 Mar 2015 16:23
Outstanding pub. Real celtic feel with the ceiling covered with the full range of celtic flags. Last visited 10 or more years ago and it stills remains a haven of cosiness. Live folk on Mondays is a must! Serves most of the St. Austell beer range. A must visit pub!
Mothroy - 23 May 2013 19:01
A gem and well worth seeking out.

Beer in top form and a pleasant mix of locals and visitors in the bar area all chatting away and creating a good atmosphere. The pub doesn't seem to have changed for many years and seems all the better for it.

ridleyman - 20 Jun 2012 15:28
Yes, it is a proper little pub. A number of St Austell ales, and a guest one too - most enjoyable. Dark comfy bar, as it should be, with a little room with inglenook. It feels like its been built and altered over time, without resorting to the dreaded refurbishment, and hence is a little bit quirky but not in a knowing way. I sat out the front, n the shade, to watch the world go by, and the friendly landlord stuck his head out to let me know there was a sunny garden out back if I preferred. Dogs allowed, on leads, excepting Archie!
rachaelov - 26 May 2012 14:58
A proper old time beer only pub. It was quiet when we visited early afternoon but there was a more than friendly welcome to be had. Nice chat with the landlord and the only other customer was an old cap propping up the bar but friendly nonetheless. Recommended.
dave061258 - 25 Mar 2012 16:46
Brilliant pub. 2nd trip to St Just, the other being 4 years ago. Headed straight to The Star and was pleased to find that it hadn't changed and is still excellent.

St Austell's beers all in great condition. Very friendly bar staff and customers.
We only stayed Monday to Friday, but knew most of the locals to talk to by the end of the week.

Everyone had treats for our dog, especially the grey haired chap from Rotherham with the puffed jerky ... dog loved it.

Traditional Cornish folk music on the Monday night was superb.

Open mic night on Thursday was good, but not as good as Monday.

If you like pubs, you'll love this place.

Wish I was back there now, instead of stuck in work.
Pat_Bateman - 17 Oct 2011 11:32
The Star just doesn't change. Been going there for nearly 20 years now, and it is still superb. Note you can still take your own food in here (ask, of course, it's only polite). The best pub I know in Cornwall, and one of the best anywhere.
davercox - 28 Jul 2011 09:09
Situated just off the main town square, The Star Inn is an 18th century granite built small locals pub.

The main bar on the left is dark with low beams and is well decorated with lifeboat and tin mining memorabilia. The latter reminds us that we are in former tin mining heartland - Geevor Tin Mine ( the last working mine which closed in 1990 and is now a museum ) is but a few miles away. Flags on the ceiling, including one with The Isle of Man "three legs" emblem, add further character to the interior. A fruit machine and a jukebox are concessions to modern trends, but there's also a piano.

A basic room on the right is rather bare, somewhat brighter and contains a dartboard. Notably, a splendid inglenook in this bar has had some built in seats added underneath - looks unusual, but very cosy. There's an outside smoking area in the back yard.

Entertainment is offered in the form of weekly music and open mic nights.

It's a St Austell's Brewery pub and, on my recent visit, was offering Proper Job, Tribute, HSD and Dartmoor Best ( the latter is not to be confused with the products of a separate Dartmoor Brewery ) together with a guest beer from Skinners. The Proper Job - £ 2.70p - was pretty good.

This pub is not tourist orientated at all - there's no food - and it makes a pleasant change from most other pubs in the vicinity, where food and catering for visitors seems to dominate. This pub is well worth a visit if passing through
JohnBonser - 24 Sep 2010 13:23
This pub is just brilliant! What more can i say?
ROB54 - 22 Jun 2010 23:27
been here before on holiday.Very friendly folk in here,super beer...tried them all,and all in good condition....all St. austell ales.Landlord let us eat a pasty we brought with us,very interesting interior....a must for the beer drinker...well done.
rockface - 25 May 2010 19:10
Very friendly pub, felt like a local when i was only on my holiday. Well done!
mario_2 - 29 Jan 2010 10:32
Best pub in St Just by a mile and one of my favourite pubs I've ever visited.

We drank there every day of our week long stay and were made to feel like locals by the locals.

Live music (Monday was it ) night was superb ... very busy.

Pat_Bateman - 29 Jan 2010 10:14
Very very busy weekend...but professional and attentive service always maintained. Tribute and Tinners superb. Really enjoyed the company and singing. Would return for another feast.
southfields - 6 Nov 2009 08:58
Great old pub with good atmosphere. Proper Job tasted old and out of condition though.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 1 Nov 2009 23:48
A rare 10/10 pub. Friendly, unique and offers a good pint.
robodrunk - 27 Oct 2009 12:43
The best pub in the area, great chat, friendly locals. Like all St Austell ale pubs, beer top notch condition but spoiled by being too cold and forced through a sparkler. Monday nights are great, atmosphere, music and the occassional dancer
barryq - 24 Oct 2009 15:28
An excellent pub with superb beer. The locals are very friendly. Monday nights are fantastic - get there early for terrific atmosphere and music from an impromptu band of players from all age groups.
yellowyid - 12 Aug 2009 15:42
A sign in the window says 'bring your own food, pasties pies etc but NO FISH AND CHIPS' The landlord has obvioulsy had a problem with those that have dared to bring fish and chips into the premises. I took a pastie from the nearby bakery and when I asked for a knife and fork I was greeted with 'That's what the crimp is for' he did however provide me with a knife and fork and I ate in the rear yard in the sunshine.
The Proper Job ale was in very good condition, the day I visited it was runner up at the GBBF Earls Court, well deserved.
I wouldn't say that the staff were friendly but an interesting pub nevertheless. I think I prefer the Trewellard Arms up the road.
kenbishop - 9 Aug 2009 09:34
A 17th century stone pub in the heart of one of Cornwalls major tin mining areas, the Star today relies more on tourist traffic but thankfully it has not sold out to the camping and caravan brigade and still has much of the same feel that would have greeted the miners of yesteryear. The dark interior would be enough to make any miner feel at home with dark walls strewn with many old photos reflecting the area’s industrial past. Groups of miners jostle for position among the lifeboats, fishermen and other oddities including a St Just v Playmouth Argyle programme from 1955. The ceiling contains a set of flags that bring a splash of colour to the darkness and an upright piano stands next to the glowing open brick fireplace which gets the occasional prod from anyone within reach. The locals were welcoming and and chatty although it was a lunchtime stop for us and the place wasn’t particularly busy. A second room to the right of the main entrance contains a darts area and a kitchen to the rear. Next to the kitchen is what appeared to be an old stone fireplace with small kiln oven that has interestingly been converted into some unusual seating. In the corridor between the 2 bars are some historical artifacts including a rendition of the St Just Prayer from 1650 whereby the local priest prayed that there would be no shipwrecks but if there were, that they be for the benefit of St Just! It seems that raiding the beaches for spilt contraband has long been a community activity! The ales are from the St Austell range (Tinners / Tribute / IPA on my visit) and the fact that we only popped in for a quick pint and stayed for 3 says a lot. Well worth the stop.
RogerB - 6 Apr 2009 13:06
A proper pub with good quality St Austell beers. Visited in the daytime, landlord and locals friendly. As others have noted there's no food, we were encouraged to go to a local butchers and bring in our own pasties which we did. Off topic, the stained glass in the entrance doors was exactly the same as that in my grandmother's Victorian house so presumably also Victorian.
canastajim - 14 Jun 2007 22:04
Still as good as ever. Right combination of proper beer, occasional fiddle-de-dee music, interesting stuff on the walls and nice people. Be hard to imagine this place with no smoking though.
twiglet100 - 2 Jun 2007 09:20
Not been in since new landlord took over few weeks ago but if nothing changes - great!!! Ales always tip-top, great chat, atmosphere & vibe. Monday nights are priceless for the fiddly dee music, often frequented by big nams artiste's - Noel Botowski, Kurt Jackson.
Love it !!!!
anonymous - 28 Oct 2006 18:50
A St. Austell brewery pub, as are several in this small former mining town. Full range of real ales including small free samples for the unfamiliar - a rare initiative indeed. (You DID read that right ..... FREE BEER is offerred here). Hicks Special Draught (HSD, known to locals as High Speed Death) used to be served from the barrel in the bar, but since the sad death of Peter recently Rose has retired and it is under new local managers who have everything hand-pumped. Still a true miners pub with relics of the now defunt industry, low roof and doors and free juke box. Turn your mobile off -if it rings in the bar it will cost you a donation to the lifeboats. Great for a quiet pint of outstanding ale. No food - the board outside states "Bring your own sandwiches"! Wonderful curry takeaway opposite for afterwards. Good local bus service to surrounding towns - no need to drink drive.
gwiwer - 12 May 2005 15:09

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