Friendly old inn with plenty of history, own-brew beers, a wide range of other drinks and popular food, and beach nearby; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
There's so much going for this well run pub its position (just up the lane from a dramatic cove and beach), its ales (including home-brews), its food (good and usefully serving something all day) and its accommodation (attractive, comfortable and overlooking the coast). The bars are timbered with massive ships' spars (the masts of great sailing ships, many of which were wrecked along this coast), and furnishings include dark wooden farmhouse and tub chairs and settles around different sized tables, padded stools by the counter, old ship prints, lots of nautical and wreck memorabilia and woodburning stoves. It's said that an old smugglers' tunnel leads from behind the bar up through the cliff. Seven real ales on handpump might include their own Driftwood Alfies Revenge, Blonde and Lou's Brew with guests such as St Austell Tribute, Sharps Doom Bar and Skinners Lushington; they hold two beer festivals a year. Also, 25 malt whiskies, ten rums, seven gins and several wines by the glass; table football and pool. The modern dining room overlooks the cove and service is friendly and helpful. There are pretty summer hanging baskets and seats in the garden.
Good Pub Guide Food
Thursday is pie night, Friday is fish and chips with a buy-one-get-one-free deal and there's a winter weekday two-course set menu. Also, lunchtime sandwiches, wraps and platters, ham hock ballotine with ale chutney, potted rabbit with mustard butter, tempura vegetables with thai-style salad, sausage and mash with red onion gravy, fish pie with cheesy mash, lemon and thyme chicken with honey and mustard sauce and bubble and squeak cake and puddings such as raspberry crème brûlée and an ale plate (ale with chocolate pudding, chocolate mousse and cherry ice-cream).
What They Say
The Driftwood Spars is located in Trevaunance Cove and takes its names from the beams & spars salvaged from nearby shipwrecks and used in the counstruction of this 17th century building.
We have a strong local trade with many characters who add who add a lot of atmostphere to the bar as well as our regular canine visitors.
Although we are primarily a pub we also have our own microbrewery & shop selling bottled beer and we offer 4 star B & B, award winning dining, functions, conferencing, weddings, funerals and live music.
In April 2009 we were named CAMRA Kernow pub of the year. In January 2010 we were informed that we have made it as a finalist in the Freehouse of the Year round of the Publican awards 2010.
Good Pub Guide Information
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