Good Pub Guide Recommended
An oasis in the middle of old engine houses and ruins' as one reader put it, is really rather apt. This is a civilised but informal inn just 500 metres from the Atlantic with glorious walks all around in the outstanding bleak National Trust scenery. Inside, the bar rooms are painted in bold, strong colours, there are paintings by local artists, open fires and a happy mix of wooden dining chairs and tables on stripped boards. Skinners Betty Stogs and guests like Harbour IPA, Rebel Penryn Pale Ale and a beer named for the pub from Cornish Crown on handpump, 10 wines by the glass and a couple of ciders; background music, darts and board games. There are seats in the large back garden, and the comfortable bedrooms have views of the rugged moors or of the sea. This is under the same ownership as the civilised Griffin at Felinfach (see our Wales chapter) and Old Coastguard in Mousehole, also in Cornwall.
Good Pub Guide Food
Using local, seasonal produce, the impressive food includes carpaccio of local beef, white crab salad with pear and avocado, beetroot risotto with walnuts and blue cheese, line-caught cod with leek, apricot, cashew, lime and coriander curry, pork with creamy mash, faggot and onion, lamb rump with parsley risotto, confit garlic and oyster mushrooms, ray wing with spinach, cockles and a vermouth cream and puddings such as vanilla rice pudding with rhubarb and honeycomb and passion-fruit crème brûlée with orange shortbread; they also offer a set two- and three-course set lunch.