Lovely position for civilised inn with an easy-going atmosphere, good choice of wines and first rate food; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This well run inn on the edge of an old fishing village is a charming (and very popular) place to stay, with 14 comfortable bedrooms offering views towards St Michael's Mount and the Lizard. The bar rooms have boldly coloured walls hung with paintings of sailing boats and local scenes, stripped floorboards and an atmosphere of informal but civilised comfort. The Upper Deck houses the bar and the restaurant, with a nice mix of antique dining chairs around oak and distressed pine tables, lamps on big barrel tables and chairs to either side of the log fire, topped by a vast bressumer beam. St Austell Tribute and a couple of guests such as Padstow Windjammer on handpump, 25 wines by the glass or carafe, a big choice of gins, vodkas and whiskies, a farm cider and a good choice of soft drinks. The Lower Deck has glass windows running the length of the building, several deep sofas and armchairs, and shelves of books and games; background music. The garden is rather special, with tropical palms and dracaena, a path leading down to rock pools and seats on the terrace looking over the sea. Disabled access. Breakfasts are highly regarded. Sister pubs are the Gurnards Head (also Cornwall) and the Griffin at Felinfach (Wales).
The good pub guide food review
From a well judged menu, the modern food includes Cornish asparagus with Rosary goats cheese, romesco sauce and hazelnuts, cured scallops with pickled rhubarb, fennel and roe, crispy lamb with peas and anchovies, tempura courgette flower with English feta, spring vegetables and a duck egg, Porthilly mussels with white wine and garlic, hake and octopus with cannellini bean and seaweed broth and nduja mayonnaise, and puddings such as crème brûlée and marmalade iced parfait with dark chocolate; they also do a set Sunday lunch.