There is no doubt that on its day this could be a gem of a Cornish pub - well kept real ales, roaring fires and a superb view over the harbour. The standard of the food is OK for pub grub, a little over priced, but what isn't in this tourist hot spot? Shame about the service, something referenced in a previous review concerning the pub running out of beer!!?!
In short - a moderately busy Wednesday evening in mid October, but chronically understaffed in both the bar and kitchen (or possibly just inept, or both...).
Ordered a starter and two main courses. Waited an hour to get food. Main courses arrived before starter got to the table. Chips virtually cold with main course. Peas served with main course after salad requested (barman: "no problem mate that's fine"). Fresh chips declined as fryers had apparently been turned off, only to see another couple receive their meal with chips 2 minutes later. Didn't know whether the key stone cops or pantomime horse were going to be next through the door...
Received money back for starter - short change in the circumstances. Reassured by barman's parting comments that "it would definitely be better if we came again". The most I would trust them with "next time" would be pulling a pint...if they have any beer on.
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