Granite-stone pub with rustic charm, seasonal food cooked by both licensees and a merry atmosphere
The good pub guide review
The open-plan rooms of this characterful local free house include one with leather tub chairs and a chesterfield sofa around a woodburning stove, as well as dining rooms with wheelback and wooden chairs around nice antique tables on bare boards, bold aqua-green and orange paintwork and bookshelves. There are stools against the counter where they serve Cornish Crown Causeway, St Austell Harlequin and Skinners Lushingtons on handpump, several wines by the glass, local gin, farm cider and home-made pink lemonade and ginger beer; background music, darts and board games. At the front are a few picnic-sets, while the extended back garden has a terrace and a large area growing herbs; there are more seats here too. Readers are quick to praise this cheerful pub for its chatty, easy-going atmosphere, genuine welcome and enjoyable home-cooked food.
The good pub guide food review
Cooked by the enthusiastic chef-patron, the good, high-quality food includes whitebait with harissa mayonnaise, chicken liver pâté with sticky fig and toast, curried cauliflower fritters, grilled mackerel with beetroot, green beans, potato salad and tomatoes, grilled sirloin with dauphinoise potatoes, garlic butter trencher, tomatoes, green beans and red wine jus, slow-cooked lamb ragout and merguez sausage with saffron rice, courgettes and zaatar, and puddings such as chocolate brownie with raspberries and pistachios and frozen coconut parfait with mango marinated strawberries.