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“Hidden gem in a unique location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shipwrights Arms

Shipwrights Arms
Helford Village | Helston, Helston TR12 6JX, England
+44 1326 231235
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Ranked #35 of 90 Restaurants in Helston
Price range: $8 - $31
Cuisines: Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Quirky Cornish pub with great views and food served all day
Truro, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Hidden gem in a unique location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We visited the Shipwrights after its recent total refurbishment and absolutely loved all the beautiful, unique artwork and craftwork covering the walls, its worth a visit just for that alone. A lot of love, and thought has gone into it so it reflects its location perfectly. It is a little thatched pub in a stunning location by the river in the pretty Helford village, which is found at the end of long windy Cornish lanes. This adds to the feeling of a hidden gem in a secret world, far away from the hustle and bustle of the real world.

There is not a huge menu, but the crab sandwich and goats cheese salad we had were delicious. Friendly, chilled, laid back and totally unique, it is a must for any visitors to Cornwall, a place where you can show people why we love Cornwall so much.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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DavidHarford, Owner at Shipwrights Arms, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thanks
It was hard work by everybody but we are really pleased with the result
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Truro
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“We will return!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

An amazing transformation and all credit to Hairy and Vicky for all the hard work they have done. Beer, wine and food all excellent, especially the open crab sandwich. We look forward to returning by boat and to Hairy getting the pontoon back in place when the weather eventually improves. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Helston, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Not everyone's taste!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Called in for a drink on Easter Monday. The pub was busy which is a good thing of course. It's obvious that a lot of work and money has gone into the refurb but personally I feel it has lost its old charm and the decor is too modern and stylised for the age of the place. The bar area was manic with people trying to pay for food whilst others waited for a drink - needs a better system in place. The food didn't look that great and the owner (Hairy) looked very miserable in his 'Chef's outfit. A smiling face might make a difference!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Fab makeover”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We first went here by accident during the annual regatta in August (2010). It is in a lovely spot by the Helford River. When we first went we enjoyed the atmosphere (very loud and friendly) but didn't especially rate the building/environment. We went back, just for a drink, on 2 April 2013, to discover they had just completed an immense refurb and had re-opened only a few days before. We think they are new owners too. The new place is so lovely, a lot of attention has been paid to making it a great place to be. So we ended up staying for dinner too! The food was very nice but we thought they could bump the portions up a bit (more carbs, veg, lentils rather than more meat/fish) and still keep the price the same (£18/main course). Great staff.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Amazing views and lovely food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

We called in after a lovely walk around Bosahan and St Anthony and was surprised to find they were serving food all day. The refurbished interior looks great and the use of what was the old kitchen as seating area is brilliant as the view down the river is stunning. We had fish (monkfish) and chips, which was really tasty and well presented for a reasonable price. The pudding was lovely too. Staff were really friendly and helpful and clearly feel proud of the hard work that is obvious to see.

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