Making a trip back to one of my old haunts of the sixties, I was somewhat apprehensive that the Polgooth Inn might not be as I remembered and loved it. But as I drove towards it, I heaved a sigh of relief. It looked exactly the same. Although the car park has been smartened up now with a tarmac surface instead of gravel and the garden has been paved, the inn still had its old Cornish charm inside and out. A friendly welcome, a chat with some locals and a good pub lunch fuelled my nostalgia. Some things had changed though – I remember there used to be guinea fowl running around the garden. I mentioned this to one of the staff, who replied “Now they’re only on the menu!” My only disappointment was that the inn no longer serves Cornish pasties! Well worth a visit if you’re looking for a Cornish pub atmosphere at its best. It’s tucked away off the St Austell/Mevagissey road – take a right at London Apprentice.
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