17th-c waterside inn with seats on terraces, attractively decorated bars, friendly service and tasty food
The good pub guide review
Surrounded by walks including a long-distance coast path that goes right past the front door, this thatched pub's lovely position is a big draw in summer. Sit on one of the many terraces that drop down to the water's edge and you'll enjoy a view of the beautiful wooded creek (at its best at high tide). You can moor at their pontoon and get a foot-ferry from Helford Passage. The bars have quite a nautical theme, with old navigation lamps, ship models, appropriate artworks and even the odd figurehead; antique pine and oak furniture sits on slate or bare-boarded floors and cushioned window seats have pretty cushions. Stools line the counter where they keep St Austell Tribute and a couple of guests such as Skinners Porthleven and St Austell Proper Job on handpump, 24 wines by the glass, 16 gins and ten malt whiskies; there's an open fire in winter.
The good pub guide food review
Good food includes sandwiches (until 5pm), local scallops with black pudding, peas and truffle purée, beer-battered haddock and chips, shell-on prawns with garlic aioli, whole tempura squid with chilli and mango salsa and halloumi fries, local pasties, pan-fried hake with crushed new potatoes, and puddings such as dark chocolate brownie with dark chocolate sauce. In summer, their outside pizza oven is used daily and there's fresh local lobster and crab sandwiches, while roasts are plentiful in winter.