Appendix 1 – 5 Best pubs

Appendix 1

The 5 Best Pubs

This is a topic fraught with controversy. It’s such a subjective area and I’m only too aware that my idea of a good pub may not be yours. For me, it’s a combination of ambience, beer, food and good company – and sometimes other, quite intangible, qualities. Anyhow, here goes with what, for me, were the top 5, ranked in no particular order. 

The White Hart, Bideford

This 17th century, grade II listed building has been a public house since records began. A cosy and unprepossessing “back street boozer”, complete with a selection of fine ales and a friendly welcome – my kind of pub.

The Sloop, St Ives

Even the most expensive pint of the whole trip could not detract from it’s superb location. A great place to sit on a warm evening and watch the sun go down over the harbour.

North Inn, Pendeen

An unpretentious, former tin miners hostelry until the mines closed in 1990. set in the centre of Pendeen. The stone floors and granite tables surround a well stocked bar with a surprisingly extensive curry menu. I’m not surprised that it’s a former CAMRA “Cornish Pub of The Year”.

Blue Peter, Polperro

Situated at the end of the quay and one of the first buildings passed coming off the path, this harbourside pub is a great place to mark the end of a good walk. It seemed a crime to walk past! Understandably, it’s very popular (busy) but well worth visiting for its extensive range of beers and lively atmosphere.

Square and Compass, Worth Matravers

Dating from 1736 when it was “The Sloop”, this is a popular pub with walkers. The “Square” serves an excellent selection of fine ales and ciders from the barrel. There is very little space inside, but that doesn’t matter, because everyone sits outside on the wall or front garden, enjoying a panoramic view over the English Channel. 

There were many other contenders, all of which could have made it onto this list if I’d made the assessment on another day.

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