Bustling inn with a spacious bar, open fire, real ales and tasty food; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
The summer window boxes and hanging baskets adorning this late Georgian inn in the heart of St Ives are quite a sight. Inside, the open-plan, spreading bar has a relaxed atmosphere, all sorts of wooden chairs around scrubbed tables on bare floorboards, tartan banquettes on either side of the Victorian fireplace, a wall of barometers above a leather chesterfield sofa and some brown leather armchairs; also, fresh flowers and candles on tables and on the mantelpiece above the open fire. Red-painted bar chairs line the white marble-topped counter where they serve St Austell HSD and Tribute on handpump, 12 wines by the glass (including a local one), a good choice of gins and rums and farm cider; background music, board games and TV for sports events. Bedrooms are attractive, airy and simply furnished, with Cornish artwork on the walls and some period furniture. Plenty of regulars and visitors crowd into the bar here to enjoy the local ales and popular food ' and it's handy for the harbour, too.
The good pub guide food review
From a seasonal menu, good food includes sandwiches (until 3pm), crispy whitebait with lemon mayo, goats cheese and beetroot salad with balsamic dressing, vegetable lasagne, a choice of burgers with onion rings and chips, honey-roast ham and free-range eggs, local sausages with mash and onion gravy, chicken bhuna curry with rice and naan, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream and apple, raisin and cinnamon crumble with vanilla ice-cream.