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Wig and Pen, Truro

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St Austell Brewery pub in what was a much quieter part of the city. Only a couple of other groups were in, leaving the barmaid looking quite bored. On the plus side, it was the only pub of 6 I tried in the city without a bouncer or two on the door. Tribute & Proper Job are the 2 ales. I ignored these and went for a Rattler.
blue_scrumpy - 17 Mar 2020 20:05
I went into the Wig & Pen after seeing the 'beach' outside the pub, what can be better on a summers day in the middle of a city centre but a beach complete with deckchairs and parrots! Inside the pub it's quite traditional with a good, friendly, welcoming atmosphere. There is a good choice of beers and also non alcholic drinks not the usual J2O's that seem to be in most pubs these days but drinks that don't taste of sugar and have natural flavours in them. The food menu is great both at lunchtime and in the evening i had a cheeseburger the first time which was made with good quality beef and they even asked how i wanted it cooked! I also went in for a second night and had venison with blackberry juis, delicious. Great place, good service, excellent grub & good value for money what more can you ask for whilst on holiday.
Vic9 - 15 Aug 2011 15:06
Since the current landlady took over, this has become one of the best real pubs in Truro. Always a friendly greeting, good beer and a pleasant atmosphere. At first sight, the food seems a bit pricey for pub grub, until it arrives at the table, when you realise there's a quality chef in the kitchen. Fish & chips, for example, is fantastic.
Daveoftruro - 22 Jul 2011 06:57
Its got to be the Wig and Pen for me! The landlady and her bar staff are always fantastic and accomodating, the food is lush(all the time) and they know how to keep and serve a good beer etc. The pub is extremely clean and welcoming, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxing. So HUGHWADD, I really think you must have rated the wrong pub, how can you rate the food if you didnt eat there either?,I really fear that at the very least you must be suffering from some kind of weird delusion, you must seek help if you think that you see trolls! HEY PEOPLE, just go and experience this charming and wonderful town pub, you wont be sorry! Rachel X
harrisrj - 17 Mar 2011 22:02
Worth a trip just to see the landlady-now thats impressively ugly!
Luckily she didn't spoil the beer (as long as I didn't sit facing her!)- good pint. Proper gastro pub menu, didn't eat anything so dunno if its all pretenscious bo**ocks, not that cheap either.
Got to visit just to check out the troll behind the bar though- youve been warned!!!!
hughwadd - 28 Feb 2011 18:00
Outside sitting area by the road but seperated by some railings. Beer ok. Food looks ok but seems a bit expensive.
ppw - 4 Jun 2010 09:51
Horrible rough place which attracts the troublemakers. There was a drunken brawl when we visited (early evening). Landlady has an attitude. Hopeless case.
stelladrinker - 13 Oct 2009 17:06
Decided on this place as a safe meeting ground for my parents and the inlaws. Perfect Sunday lunch with decent beer and potent Rattler. Left slightly piddled and happy.
plymouthpirate - 7 Oct 2009 12:44
I called in here earlier this month one lunchtime and was made very welcome by (presumably) the landlady. The place was fairly busy and the terrace outside was popular in the sunshine.
My pint of Tribute was in good nick but I thought my haloumi and beetroot salad, although good, was a tad expensive for what it was.
Ordinary - 20 Jun 2009 17:08
I Never miss a meal here when in Truro. Good value.
HERITAGEPLUS - 4 Jun 2009 21:54
Food is good for the money, very relaxed pub and the landlord and (most of) his staff are trying hard to bring it up. Still a bit clicky with regulars who have "their seat" but landlord is weeding out some of the antisocial behaviour and it's moving in the right direction. Nice terrace and a very decent pint.
Vike - 16 Aug 2008 16:29
Went here 13 Feb right before Valentinesn night, food was good, not packed because of the pub atmosphere probably. Food was very good as was the HSB, Tribute passable at best. Bar tender dizzy and not with it - not the be all and end all but staff with their head screwed on is always a plus point (It should be standard but it isnt!)
Bernie5 - 16 Feb 2008 23:05
More of a restaurant than pub. Had a very nice pint of Tribute here. Was with the dog on the terrace outside and asked if it started raining hard could we sit inside? Yes was the reply-away from the diners, in the corner near the bar.Great.Didn't need to in the end but upon returning the following week was told no dogs allowed. Ooh I just love English 'hospitality' !
Miles007 - 28 Aug 2007 12:51
Other reviews are correct with half pub/half restaurant scenario, but if you want to be away from the food area just sit at the bar or away from the dinner tables. Its not rocket science! We visited on Valentines night looking for some decent food - not a sloppy/fuzzy eyed romantic dinner and a straight forward meal is what we had, good value for home cooked food and very tasty - couldn't fault the beer either which was my main area of interest! Will go back if I'm staying in Truro again - the food and good beer would definately be a strong enough aspect to pull me away from the Real Ale House, even though the RAH has a wider selection of real ale.
Bernie5 - 19 Feb 2006 21:15
You'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd walked into a cafe or restaurant when you enter this pub - they seem to specialise in good value food - not only the regular type of pub fare but a good selection of home made meals as well. It was pretty busy with eaters when I visited so the food must be OK, but I was only concerned with the St Austell HSD which was very nice indeed, glass topped up without being asked, too. I enjoyed it so much that I had to have another. They also had Tribute & IPA when I visited but I can get those closer to home so didn't bother to try them.
Definitely a pub worth visiting if you're in Truro.
Trequites - 20 Jan 2006 13:21
A very nice place with friendly clientele. The food is highly spoken of but I haven't tried it myself. The place is somewhere between a pub and a restaurant but you can just pop in for the bar.
redboy - 27 Dec 2005 15:26
A nice town centre pub which was my local for my 3 year residence in Truro. It was a great place then although the management are now different and it has had a refurb (slightly), it hasn't changed as a pub. Good menu, reasonable too and good ale. Rose coloured glasses?? It was still OK last time I visted.
Andrew - 3 Nov 2003 23:23

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