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“Excellent food in a great old pub” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Tinners Arms

The Tinners Arms
Zennor, Zennor TR26 3BY, England
+44 1736 796927
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Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Zennor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Southampton, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Excellent food in a great old pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We recently had lunch here after walking the coast path from St Ives. I had grilled sardines and my wife had salmon fillet. We both had puss - the apricot bread and butter pud is delicious and I had the Apple and fig crumble - also excellent. We would definitely recommend this pub which is actually in the hamlet of Zennor. Oh... and the beer was great too!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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563 helpful votes 563 helpful votes
“Good Sunday Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

On the first day of our week in St. Ives, we decided to walk along the South West Coastal Path to what seemed to be the best pub in the area according to various reviews that I had read.
The 6 mile walk was quite tough, but the beer (Tinners Ale of course) and the roast beef lunch were both worth the effort.
The post-lunch walk back along the inland path (very, very muddy after recent rains, which were added to on the way back) was also tough & a little unpleasant in places, but subsequent pub visits within the town confirmed that this is indeed one of the best pubs in the area, so pleased we made the effort.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kenilworth, England, United Kingdom
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324 helpful votes 324 helpful votes
“walk there by all means but take the bus back if you don't want to join the Seals..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

I find a lot of pubs in Cornwall rather mediocre , its probably an historical result of the fact that in the 1960's so many Brummies retired to the West Country to ruin pubs ,so typo should have written run ! This pub ,being so far off the beaten track clearly escaped their notice.Its everything you would hope a real Cornish pub would be and it does brilliant crab sandwiches ,they're not cheap but they are as fresh as a sea breeze ! If ,like us , you have walked the cliff tops to get to this sanctuary from St Ives ( the pubs there did not escape Brummie occupation it seems ) you will know all about Sea Breezes ,and Seals,and if your lucky Basking Sharks !Its very old (1271 !!!!) and oozes character and cosiness. Some people have said the service can be slow I prefer to be kind and simply remark that we could all learn from the staff and "chill out a bit" .After all ,for those that have grey hair,Poldark wasn't exactly much of a Car Chase was it ? We go every time we go to St Ives and visits to this lovely place are a highlight of our holiday.When you go ,and you really should , pop into the beautiful Church across the lane and give the mermaid my love !

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Devon
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“Depends on who is cooking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We went to the Tinners on two consecutive nights. The first visit was excellent with first class service and the food was really well cooked and presented. Go for the fish, and you will not be disappointed.
On the second evening, it appeared that all the staff were different, and the service was certainly not as attentive, although I must say that the manager /owner was keeping an eye on everything.
As a change, I ordered the chicken curry, as recommended by a friend of ours, and was presented with rice that had not been drained properly, and a wet curry that compounded the outcome of chicken swimming in a watery sauce. To top it all, although the menu stated that it was medium hot, it burned the top of my mouth so much that I had to return it. It appeared at the chef had decided to tone it down by watering it down to the extent that the whole dish was swimming.
To their credit, they did agree with my complaint, and credited the meal back on the bill.
This is a cracking pub, and do not be put off by this report, just be aware.
Would I go again, yes, I would, these things do happen, and the management did promise to have a word with the chef, and I believed in his sincerity concerning this.
On the whole a great place for drinkers and eaters alike.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Aberdeen
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Ancient pub with excellent beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

This picturesque pub is on the coastal path from St Ives to Lands End and is popular with walkers. It was originally built to house the builders of the church in the village and is very quaint with its low ceilings, stone floors and an open fire in the winter. The Tinner's ale is excellent. We had Sunday lunch in the large garden recently which was good - maybe too much cheese sauce on the cauliflower, but good value for the large portion. The friendly service was a little slow but this is a nice place to eat. Other times we have had a light lunch and its always been satisfactory and good value.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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