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The Old Ferry Inn
Ranked #3 of 25 Fowey B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stayed at the Old Ferry Inn Bodinnick for a two night Travel Zoo stay mid December.
We were welcomed by Pete, who showed us our room, and explained the dining room arrangements for breakfast and evening meal.

The offer included two nights stay, with a two course meal for two on one night, with breakfast. Supplements applied for certain meal choices. Got to say the breakfast was really good, couldn’t fault it, the Lady who served us deserves praise as nothing was too much trouble, and used plates/dishes were taken away promptly which is usually one of our pet hates. Thank you again.
The car and foot passenger ferry is literally metres away from the Inn, and once we had checked in didn’t lose much time in venturing over to Fowey for a few drinks before catching the last Ferry back at 1900. If you miss this ferry it’s a long walk around, or a Taxi journey which you could easily avoid.
This restricts where you can dine on the Bodinnick side to The Old Ferry Inn. Here I would like to say we were not disappointed with this at all, the food was nicely presented and good quality ingredients. My Rib eye was really good, cooked the way I like it and my partner had Sea bass fillet which was equally as good.
The next day we did the “Polkersis” walk and had returned to Fowey late afternoon, thinking to ourselves should we restrict ourselves to eating that evening again at the Inn, or should we find somewhere in Fowey and perhaps catch the last Ferry back to Bodinnick? We decided for a change we would not eat at The Inn and chose a Bistro type place in Fowey.
That was our first mistake, not only was it expensive for what we had, it wasn’t a patch on the quality of food offered at The Old Ferry Inn where we should have eaten.
Oh well our mistake. Next time we will eat at the Inn.
The owner/s of the Inn have taken on a big challenge, and has an extensive refurbishment plan to modernise and attract more custom. This venture deserves to succeed and I have no doubt that it will, but repeat offers may be required until they are fully up to speed with their proposals.
What I would also say is we met a few locals whilst on our walk, who asked where we were staying, after telling them the reply “oh yes, we have heard the food there is very good these days”, so the word is out. Give it a try; I am sure you will enjoy the food and the service.

Room Tip: Got to be a room with a view overlooking the river Room 9 suited us or the room next door on the cor...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank fletcher22Plymouth
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Stayed in this really old Inn on the side of the River Fosey (a favourite spot of ours) and would really like to say how much we enjoyed it. The room was perfect, and overlooked the river and ferry... Our intention was to chill out and do as little as possible.. this is the ideal place for this. Yet there are many attractions close by you can get to quite easily and quickly. We stayed two nights and could easily have spent the week pottering about the hotel, and being tended to by the friendly local staff... beautiful.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank julie_goodwin1
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We stayed here two nights with a travelzoo voucher,The setting is very picturesque but would have preferred to stay in Fowey if we return to the area as the ferry stops running early evening so you have to eat/drink at the Inn or travel miles inland.There were no river view rooms left so booked a room with no view. I naively assumed that meant no picturesque river view. I didn't realise it meant a view of the kitchens a few feet away. The room was dark and very basic and reminded me of a chalet from Hi de Hi, it was so dated and uninviting. The ensuite bathroom was hideous. It had obviously been converted from the pub's public toilets. The breakfast was fine for the voucher price. We upgraded on our evening restauraunt meals and these were good. The pub was historic and characterful but the rest of the Inn was unremarkable and with dated decor.The rooms were clean but If we were not on a voucher deal we would not have stayed at this Inn. We would not pay the full price for what is on offer.

Room Tip: Only book a room with a river view.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MelanieatPictonHouse
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

We had a travel zoo voucher and thought we had excellent value for that. Room was comfy with plenty of hot water, TV that worked and a lovely view of the river and ferry to look at. I gather the owners have had this since June and are making changes which will help bring it up to date as some of the public rooms are stll in the 1970's . Breakfast was good with plenty of choice and the evening meal was fine, I gave mine a 7/10 for taste
Even without the voucher, the prices are reasonable for the level of accommodation and service that you get. Lovely situation for walking the coast path in the area and visiting Fowey

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Jude J
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We have just returned from a delightful 2 night stay at the Old Ferry inn. Our room (6) had a superb view and was clean and comfortable. It is obvious that Pascal and his excellent team are busy updating the hotel and we really look forward to seeing the further improvements on a future visit. We ate from the specials menu and the food was delicious. Breakfast was very good too and the service welcoming, professional and friendly. We had a Travelzoo voucher and felt that we had had excellent value for money. We took our 'free' dinner on the first night and were so impressed that there was no doubt that we would also eat in at the restaurant on the second evening - and we were not disappointed.

Room Tip: Obviously best to have an river view.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank RWWDevon
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

My wife and I had a two day voucher with Travelzoo in early Novemebr. We had a room over the ferry crossing point which was a bonus just for the view alone. The single beds were comfortable and we slept very well. Only disadvantage is the car ferry starts running at 7am so dont have room if you need a sleep in. The establishment has been run down by previous owners so Pasacal has a climb ahead. Again as ferry runs 7am - 7pm in winter you are at the Inn unless you want a long drive elsewhere. No bad thing as we had a good time in bar with other guests, locals and bar staff.
Food well cooked but menue choice did not change over our two night stay. Peter the bar staff member was very helpful and seems to be Mr Fix It when you cant get a TV working. Only thing to watch out for, if your over 6 feet tall the archway into bar. I cracked my head each time going in and out so watch out. Would return for a stay in spring summer.

Room Tip: We had room 6 overlooking the Estuary. Watching boats and car ferry good fun.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We had a thoroughly unenjoyable (apart from the excellent company and lovely walk) 2 night stay at The Old Ferry Inn booked with a voucher through Travelzoo. Even the things that seemed quaint at first, like the pokey dated room, soon just added to the sour taste. The room was small, the bed terribly uncomfortable and soft at the edges so you rolled off, it was near to an air conditioning unit or something that provided white noise to the mix, the shower was pathetic in strength and temperature, and the TV was miniscule and only worked on BBC channels. On the plus side of the room the view was fantastic!

In addition to the room deal voucher we also purchased an evening meal voucher to 'enjoy during our stay'. On arrival we were asked which night we wished to use it and then again at the bar on ordering we were told it was fine to use it. After ordering and eating most of the food the barman came over to say that actually we couldnt use the voucher, then changed his mind, then we overheard him telling the chef/manager later on that he thought he'd messed up and hadn't made us pay enough to which I believe I overheard the manager telling him that they would just add it on to our room bill. Incredible! Breakfast the next day was basic but served absolutely without a smile. The evening meal on the second day was big on quantity but low on quality, during the meal witnessing the bar staff talking on the phone to a customer with a reservation who couldnt find the Inn and then belittling them to all and sundry in the bar after hanging up was a particularly nice touch. The same barman also was mercilessly derogatory about a remark another regular customer had make when he left.

After eating on the second night we both fell ill, drove home in a state on the sunday and had very upset stomachs for the next 36 hours.

A really poor alround experience.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Will T
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Additional Information about The Old Ferry Inn

Address: Old Road | Bodinnick-by-Fowey, Fowey PL23 1LX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Fowey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Fowey
Price Range: $105 - $182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Ferry Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the banks of the Fowey River Estuary in the picturesque village of Bodinnick, The Old Ferry is a quintessential Cornish Inn that has been providing accommodation and refreshment for over 400 years. We overlook the Bodinnick to Fowey ferry which can trace its roots back to the 13th Century, and 'Ferryside' the former family home of Daphne du Maurier. The Inn with its relaxed and warm welcome has many traditional features including a wood burner and stone slate floor, and is full of old photographs, nautical bric-a-brac and memorabilia. The perfect place to while away time during the winter months.Our panoramic restaurant gives fantastic river views towards the town of Fowey and the village of Polruan. There are also south facing outside terraces which also have splendid estuary views, and capture the sun all day, a perfect retreat for a summers day. ... more   less 
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