Welcoming pub with plenty of space for eating and drinking, Cornish ales, well liked food and seats on big front terrace
The good pub guide review
Spacious and inviting, this old country pub just outside a small village also serves high quality food. The spreading, linked rooms have dark beams and timbering, open fires and woodburning stoves. Seating ranges from high-backed settles to tartan upholstered dining chairs, banquettes to nice farmhouse seats (all around wooden tables on carpet), and there are old agricultural tools and photos on painted or exposed-stone walls. St Austell Cornish Best, HSD, Proper Job, Tribute and a seasonal guest on handpump, Korev lager, good wines by the glass and a gin menu. A dining extension with country kitchen furniture has a modern woodburner against a black brick wall, contemporary lighting and french doors to the terrace. Outside, you'll find picnic tables with plenty of umbrellas on grass (some under an awning), separate dining booths and a steadily expanding kitchen garden. There's live music on Sunday afternoons in summer, and it's a short drive to the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
The good pub guide food review
The interesting, seasonal food (using produce from their own garden) includes freshly baked rolls, crispy breaded butterflied sardines, pink peppercorn and dill-crusted goats cheese, Indian-spiced vegan 'brisket' with lentil dhal, giant smoked haddock fishcake with a soft poached egg and hollandaise, steak, tattie and turnip pie, salt and pepper squid, seafood bouillabaisse, fresh crab specials, and puddings such as lemon posset and sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and clotted cream. Also, Sunday roasts and Cornish cream teas available all day, every day.
Polgooth Inn, Ricketts Lane, Polgooth, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 7DA
Pub Group: St Austell