The history is fascinating. For a short while after 1942, the property was owned by the Coldstream Guards Association (and there is obviously still a connection as recent copies of the annual Regimental Magazine are in the bar area). "Nulli Secundus", or "Second to None" is the motto of the Coldsteam Guards and this traditional inn certainly aspires to that!
We stayed for two nights in order to have a short spring break with our small dog. The accommodation was comfortable and the owners have some welcoming touches in the rooms - ear plugs if you find the chatter in the bar downstairs or the church bells annoying. Whilst we always take our dog's basket and have a couple of old towels in the car, there was a doggie rug and a doggie towel available for us in the room if we had needed them.
Whilst I would agree with comments concerning the bed being very hard, I have a feeling the firmness is good for one's posture. Neither of us suffered any morning twinges and aches, which we find normal in our own, softer bed!
We noticed complaints from other guests about the church bells and the clock which chimes every hour. The bells of our village churches, and the chiming of the church clock, are an essential part of what makes this land "England" and it would be a crying shame if ever they fell silent. In Devon and Cornwall, there are probably fewer than a quarter of the village churches and chapels still in use, so we should be grateful when we hear the campanologists (bell ringers) practising their art!
Normally, when we stay away, we try the food on one night of the stay, and drive out somewhere on the other night. However, we both felt that the Coldstreamer's food was that good, we decided not to bother looking for anywhere else and let the Coldstreamer's chef perform his magic on us throughout. Without wishing to make the chef big-headed, we would say this is the best food we have ever had in any public house in the UK! The meals were beautifully presented and tasted every bit as good as they appeared on the plate! Full marks!
Although the Inn is situated in a small village, it is only a quarter of a mile from the main roads and in easy reach of Penzance, Long Rock and Marazion (for St Michaels Mount) and the Coast Path. It is in a good location for exploring the "foot" of Cornwall - Lands End, the "arty" St Ives, Falmouth etc.
The only disappointment we had was that providing a packed lunch was advertised when we booked. While we were told the chef could put something together for us, everything would be individually priced so it made it hard to budget. We would have liked to see a small packed lunch menu - maybe one or two choices with a veggie option - maybe even with chef's own pasties on the list?
We would most definitely return! Thank you for a great stay!
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