Friendly inn with plenty of history, own microbrewery, a wide range of other drinks and popular food, and beach nearby; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This is a smashing all-rounder and our readers always enjoy their visits. It's a well run pub in a fine spot close to a dramatic cove and beach and is usefully open all day. 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 tables of different sizes, 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, Bawden Rocks, Forest Blonde and Lou's Brew with guests such as Cornish Crown Golden Crown, Sharps Doom Bar and Tintagel Gwaf Tan; 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. The bedrooms are attractive, comfortable and have views of the coast.
Good Pub Guide Food
Quite a choice of food includes sandwiches, melts and wraps, baked local brie studded with garlic and rosemary with ale and red onion jam, potted game with ale-pickled shallots, chargrilled polenta with spicy bean cassoulet and smoked garlic oil, sausage and mash with ale and red onion gravy, slow-roast pork belly with black pudding fritter, apple compote and gravy, corn-fed chicken in mushroom and tarragon sauce, hake with salsa verde, and puddings such as crumble of the day and chocolate fondant with ale and morello 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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