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Strange pub, just off the seafront in Penzance. I've never seen a crazy golf course in a pub garden before. But I've still got plenty to do! This wasn't a nice enough day to be outside anyway, with fog and drizzle. The concept of spending a penny is still alive and kicking here. Ladies have to take a penny from the bar to spend one. Gents toilets are more accessible. Ales were Sharp's Original & Skinner's Lushington's. We'd hoped to eat here. But they weren't serving food. So we nipped round to the Thai restaurant a couple of doors up. This is a pub that seems to be stuck deep in the past.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Sep 2018 19:29
We went in while staying in Penzance on the strength of the reviews on BITE. Two hand pumps were offering beer. The pint I ordered was off. The barmaid apologised straightaway and cursed the landlord. She went to pull a pint of the other beer and it ran out. A local recommended a bottle of Doom Bar, which I had as my wife was already drinking her wine. Later the local mentioned he had been a regular for 15 years and apologised because that the pub had recently started to go down hill fast.

A shame. Hopefully some one will report later it has picked back up again. And no, the crazy golf is not finished yet...
FoamingMale - 31 May 2013 22:50
It's been my privilege to count this wonderful pub as my local for the last five months, and now I'm moving away I can honestly say that I'm going to miss it and the people there hugely.

Every single time I've been in without fail there's been a warm welcome, good drinks, fabulous banter that the locals are always happy to include visitors in (but will let people have a quiet drink if that's what they want) and in the summer, some of the best food you'll find in Penzance.

Seriously, if you're in the area visiting, pop in and soak up the 'craic at this absolutely magical pub - I've never known anywhere quite like it.
Boodler - 31 Mar 2013 11:23
Paid a visit 3 times over the weekend, what a pub, the Landlady could not do enough albeit due to the winter season she had only two ales available from Sharps and Skinners, both were in excellent condition,

If in Penzance, then this is a MUST VISIT

and its pooch friendly, with biscuists and water on tap.

chiefknut - 11 Feb 2013 21:12
Nice friendly pub with decent beer and good food. Wonder if the putting course is finished yet? Feel this is going to be a favourite.
kon23uk - 25 Nov 2012 13:48
Visited Penzance with my family in August, we went to a few pubs for lunch whilst on days out.
Found the Alexandra Inn to be a nice, clean and friendly pub. The staff we're chatty where as in some pubs just serve your drinks then sit back.
The food was ace, the children cleared their plates which is a first.
Will be back next time! Keep doing what your doing
lols123 - 21 Sep 2011 09:26
Still as good as ever.
Very friendly atmosphere.
Never any bother. People always friendly.
And some nice drinks, including Thatchers and Rattler.
Cyberdyne - 25 Dec 2009 03:31
Good quality Skinners ale. A good pub to visit on a Penzance pub crawl.
xh558 - 7 Dec 2009 13:08
The Alex was one of the best pubs we visited in Penzance. GREAT owner who cared whether we were enjoying our stay there. Well kept real ales with a nice beer garden out back. Good atmospehere and-at all times- welcoming. Lastly, The Alex is about a 1 minute walk to the shorefront, so that's nice, too.
mrdruse - 19 Jul 2009 23:24
One of the best pubs we found in Penzance for a welcoming and friendly crowd and one of the wider selections of ales (5 in all - Betty Stoggs, Doom Bar, Bass, Courage Best and the excellent Heligan Honey). Not a particularly interesting interior décor wise, quite plain and unfussy with a few shipwreck and lifeboat snippets on the walls and a rear section that houses a pool table. Clearly they take notice of BITE as a listing of Cornish pubs is mounted on the wall with their (now out of date) rating proudly highlighted.

The charismatic locals will entertain you with stories on anything from shipwrecks to smuggling, beers to boats and tin mines to Todd Rundgren and it was the best part of midnight before we left after what was supposed to be a quick pint. Ladies literally have to spend a penny to use the loos (there are old pennies on the bar which are needed to get in). The attractive beer garden would be a hit in the summer but avoid match days – the football and rugby grounds are just around the corner. The barmaid needs to improve on her music taste as well. One of the more respectable and worthwhile of Penzance’s pubs.
RogerB - 19 Mar 2009 13:47
Visited last weekend. Now owned by Skinners, all ales (5) superb. Only downside, the scalextrix has GONE, taken by the previous Landlord, where to? anyone to help this question.
chiefknut - 31 Oct 2008 14:52
TrIed it out last March, and will be in this weekend 24/10/08. The reason is FOOTBALL IS BANNED.
chiefknut - 21 Oct 2008 16:14
I visited this pub in September last year, while in Cornwall for my brother's wedding, and was afforded a warm welcome by Peter & Rosemary (hope they are still there, and are well).

Great beer range, includes all the Skinners brews. An enthusiastic team runs this establishment, and the landlord stops at nothing in his innovativeness. Check behind the dartboard for a 52-foot Scalextric track, and there were some quite imaginative adaptations made to his wife's wheelchair during her incapacity.

Certainly a must-visit pub, prepare to be entertained!
lad_newton - 12 Sep 2007 17:41
A great place to get beer from local micros when visiting Penzance, there always seems to be a few from Skinners and one or two from other local breweries , I had an excellent brew from the new Coastal Brewery when I visited last month. Well worth the walk out from the town centre.
Tweeky - 2 Sep 2007 14:32
Excellent well kept ales which prob gives it the title CAMRA pub of the year for the region.
Had a lovely pint of "Sea Dog IPA" from the local Doghouse brewery.Very friendly service too. 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 27 Jun 2006 13:55
Cracking pub especially as its within staggering distance of the B&B I stay in prior to going to Scillies in October, (Penalva on Alexandra Road)

Excellent landlord of a type not often encountered these days. Someone who cares about the ales and the people that consume them.

Makes me wish I live in Penzance at times.
Fenlander - 1 Feb 2006 21:10
A great Pub, good atmosphere, very well run. Peter the owner does an outstanding job looking after his beer. Even has a beer, Pirates Pride, brewed espacially for this pub.
dogsbody - 12 Jul 2005 16:26
Friendly pub, knowledgeable owner. Close to Blue Dolphin Backpackers. Had a lovely evening there in January with my daughter. A nice variety of brews and the mulled wine in winter hit the spot.-bgough
bgough - 1 May 2005 00:32
A great pub with really friendly atmosphere and the beer is in tip top condition. They encourage you to tell them if you think the beer is OK or not, but it's always good! Cider was on when I was there too in a barrel on the bar with a chiller on it!! Nice touch and not seen before by yours truly!! Local brews stocked. A cracker !!!
Andrew Carter - 26 Sep 2003 17:26

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