My Sis wanted to explore Penzance, on the assumption that it must have an “independent” quarter. Even Glossop and Mansfield have one of those now, and surely Falmouth can’t have all the alternative scene.
We didn’t find it. Only in the attractive but scruffy square housing the Beer Guide-listed Crown did we see much of character, and this home-brew pub is a very acquired taste. If you like the 1970s you may love it. The beer was decent if floral (NBSS 2.5), in an Otter glass.
That said, Sis had loved their Red IPA on keg in the enterprising Spoons in the main street (the actual “High Street” is the most nondescript I’ve ever seen, apart from Durham’s of course).
We both like Tim’s pubs; this one had friendly service, a good cheap grilled halloumi and some commitment to interesting beer. However, we both noted that in wet-led pubs like yesterday’s Star, you don’t get food residue on your table, which is a bonus.
That’s apparently Penzance’s beer scene. I passed at least one pub (the London ?) that used to be in the Guide; it looked forlorn. To be fair to Penzance, folk come for the views, not the pubs.
Redemption came at the Sportsman, a stiff mile uphill from the centre to the adjoining village of Heamoor. Its not a great looking pub, inside or out, though the pool table was getting good use.
It did, however, have a beer as good as anything I’ve sipped all year, and Bass. The great beer was 80/-, an astonishingly complex Scotch ale brewed by Rebel, a walkable distance from my Sis, who proclaimed it beer of the week. Despite this greatness, I was delighted when the pleasant barman told me its sales were dwarfed by Bass.