Friendly old inn with plenty of history, own-brew beers, a wide range of other drinks and popular food, and beach nearby; attractive bedrooms
As this busy pub is just up the lane from a dramatic cove and beach, it's always full of customers - usefully they're 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 there are dark wooden farmhouse and tub chairs and settles around a mix of tables, padded bar 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, Blackheads Mild and Lou's Brew with guests such as St Austell Tribute, Sharps Doom Bar and Tintagel Cornwalls Pride; 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. Service is friendly and helpful. There are pretty summer hanging baskets in summer and seats in the garden, and many of the attractive bedrooms overlook the coast.
Good Pub Guide Food
Bar food times: 12 - 2, 6 - 9
As well as cakes and coffee all day (not Sunday), the popular food includes lunchtime ciabattas, a meze sharing platter, burger with bacon, cheese, chutney and fries, aubergine parmigiana, fish and chips, sausages with mash and onion gravy, and puddings such as chocolate and pistachio torte and sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream.