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The Watering Hole, Perranporth

Words cannot describe a hot summer night here!!! You may dream of Australia but you can find it here at Britian's only beach bar, tucked into the sand dunes along the vast Perranporth beach. Catering to the trendy young set, not so much a drinkers pub as a small night club. Can get hot and sweaty - always goes off. On the A-list of Cornish live music venues with nationwide pub circuit and occasional name bands, wide variety of musical styles to match the great choice of food and drinks. Occasional problems with very high tides lapping at the door. Don't wear your best party shoes; DO be ready for a memorable night! And the whole 3-mile beach to explore after hours if holiday romance should strike you. Closed all winter and occasionally in season during storms.

12 May 2005 16:18

The Tinners Arms, Zennor

Great country pub in a picturesque tiny village. Handy for coast path walkers, 1km off the path and the only refreshments in the area. Well kept St Austell ales, great food, wonderful warm welcome. Gets very busy in high summer, but you can also be alone in the bar some nights off-season.

12 May 2005 16:05

The Pirate Inn, Alverton

Well kept ales and regular entertainment nights. Mostly a locals pub for the adjacent council estate, also recommended by the youth hostel staff to their customers for a quick evening drink.

12 May 2005 15:59

The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole

Think of this as a restaurant. There are other pubs in the village if you just want a beer. Good menu, great food, sadly slow service. They don't seem to want you if you're not eating as reviewed earlier, but the beers are well kept.

12 May 2005 15:56

The Driftwood Spars Hotel, St Agnes

Always alive and kicking even if the tables are permanently rocky and sticky and the menus tatty and stained. Fascinating building - I almost had to ask for a map to the toilets first time. One of Conrwall's top live music pubs with local and national pub circuit bands and occasional name acts. Great selection of ales. Late licence. This pub is down a lane at Trevaunance Cove, off the beaten track, and can attract the rougher element of local youth. Gets rowdy late on especially on hot summer nights. Keep up the good work Jill; some sins are forgiveable in exchange for a great night out.

12 May 2005 15:50

The Cornubia Hotel, Copperhouse

"Family" entertainment with karaoke or usually solo acts in a soul-less pub with atmosphere almost totally absent. Local real ales quite well kept. Often noisy. Accommodation available, food lunchtimes and early evenings. Good local bus service stops outside, no need to drink drive.

12 May 2005 15:41

The First And Last, Sennen

Claims to be the "First and Last Inn in England", but it's not the first / last pint you can find. Has a sign which reads differently depending on your direction of travel. 1 mile up the A30 from Lands End. Real ales, a warming atmosphere, sometimes live music and definitely a great place to escape a storm or the usual cold foggy weather of the area. Food available most sessions. The local population is very small so in winter you might be alone here, but busier with tourists from Easter to September. Frequent bus to surrounding towns stops outside although there's no evening service.

12 May 2005 15:23

The Wellington Hotel, St Just

One of several St. Austell brewery pubs clustered around the town square. Typical west Cornwall pub, low doors / roof, all original or sympathetically updated interior. Range of real ales, kept well though not quite as sparkling as it's neighbour The Star. Surprisingly extensive and affordable menu with gargantuan portions. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the small bar can get quite busy. Arrive early to be sure of a table if you're eating. Good local bus service to / from surrounding towns - no need to drink drive.

12 May 2005 15:15

The Star Inn, St Just

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.

12 May 2005 15:09

The Blue Anchor, Helston

A Worldwide Icon!!!!! I recently travelled 12830 miles for a pint (or 3), and have the air ticket to prove it. Sure the Spingo isn't ALWAYS top notch, though it almost always is, but that's one of the wonderful idiosyncrancies of this 15th century own-brew place. Still with possibly it's original stone floor (uneven - beware after a couple of pints!), skittle alley which also doubles as music bar, and Tony the barman who - after I hadn't been in for 5 years because I now live down under - greeted me by name and had my pint pulled before I'd ordered. THAT'S what I call service. Frequented by a loyal band of mostly older locals and a worldwide army of ale fans of all ages, this is where you find the British pub at its best. Real ales, brewery open to view, good food, conversation with anyone (though it helps to understand the local dialect) and truly memorable after-effects if you overdo it. Enjoy the Blue, enjoy the Spingo - but in moderation! And you can find Blue Anchor souvenirs in every corner of the planet where beer is drunk.

12 May 2005 14:52

The Bird In Hand, Hayle

Has gone on roller coaster ride since an earlier landlord departed abruptly and the range of home brews has changed. Since then the ales have not been as good nor the atmosphere as lively. Sometimes has live music, usually serves lunchtime meals as it's at the entrance to Paradise Park. Children welcome in dining area. No steps - wheelchair accessible pub (though toilet access might be a bit narrow).

12 May 2005 14:38

Cornish Arms, Hayle

Local drinkers pub, small with a usually quiet bar serving well kept real ales. Clientele tends to be older age group.

12 May 2005 14:33

The Copperhouse Inn, Copperhouse

Local institution and meeting place, has had live music most Thursday nights since anyone can remember, occasional other entertainment as well on different nights. Local and sometimes brewery-sponsored touring bands. Limited range of beers, tries to be trendy and service the young drinkers instead. Also limited food selection lunch / early evenings. Separate games bar with pool / darts etc. Low beamed ceiling and artefacts from former copper mining days gives it a warm welcoming atmosphere.

12 May 2005 14:30

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