We visited Port Isaac after watching the film “Fisherman’s Friends” and popped down to the very famous Golden Lion for a quick drink only to find the doorway blocked by a young lady telling us that the pub was closing - it was 10:15pm and we were totally bewildered as to why they would close with at least an hours drinking time ahead. However we returned the following day at lunchtime, had a pint of local and enjoyed the beautiful views before booking a table for dinner that night which we were really looking forward to.
My sea bass with risotto was decent. The ‘crusty bread’ with my husbands meal was two pieces of bog standard supermarket type white sliced which he was annoyed about. The worst aspect of the evening by far though was the attitude of the staff. We visited just out of season - the pub was busy with mostly local customers and just a couple of tourists and we were certainly made aware of their feelings towards us - indifference verging on open dislike. I waited patiently to get a couple
of pints and was completely ignored in favour of the drunk regulars leaning on the bar. The young man serving just totally avoided eye contact while the girl unbelievably played on her mobile and ignored everyone. We went to the bar twice to receive this lovely service and when we gave up the will to live and stood up to leave, the mobile phone girl ushered us and the other couple to the front door then unceremoniously locked it behind us even though the pub was still full of local residents.
The Golden Lion is the only pub in the village so they have a captive audience and can do what they want. They have a wonderful location and it was great seeing the film settings, but I’d think twice about returning there. A quick drink (ignoring the disdain of the staff and the central London prices) is ok just for the experience, but anyone thinking of eating there would be far better off walking two minutes up the hill for the superb food at the Old School House where they are actually happy to see their visitors.
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