I've been going to this pub for years on our annual holiday, usually to drink but occasionally to eat. It is a comfortable old-fashioned pub, that hasn't changed too much, although there have been different landlords (and I preferred it in the years before they installed a TV on the wall, which is distracting, particularly if you sit at the table beneath it with people staring over your head! But to be fair, it is only usually on in the early evening for local news/weather, or a football match). Current bar staff can be a bit cold, but I suppose it depends who is on (I do prefer the barmaid to treat you as a customer and make eye contact and say thank you when giving you your change, rather than on this occasion simply place it in your hand while still looking and chatting to someone else at the bar). However, girl who served the food was very good.
A good menu of pub food (nothing particularly different or innovative, but a good selection), which is well prepared and served, although again, nothing that raises it above normal expectations of any decent village pub. You can eat in the adjoining restaurant, or in the bar although there are limited tables there (particularly if someone is playing or wants to play pool!).
The one adverse comment I would make is that they won't run a tab without a credit card being left behind the bar. This is unusual in pubs/restaurants nowadays, and two separate people expressed surprise at this on my recent visits. St Issey is a small inland village where most visitors tend to be older couples or family groups (although we do go in September when older people tend to visit) and none appear to be the type to do a runner, even if they had the ability. In any case it would be difficult to make an exit without paying without being seen by the bar staff or locals that sit at the bar. I think this rule is unnecessary, particularly as the people are advised that it's never wise to let a credit card out of sight as this is when they can be cloned (and I speak as someone who has had their credit card cloned twice - once in Cornwall - when it has been out of my sight). The bar staff can always ask for a card if they feel suspicious of any particular customer, but as a general rule I feel it should be discontinued rather than treat every customer as potentially dishonest.
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