16th January 2020
Day 2 of the Cornish coaster, and a trip at dusk to the village shop where my Sis worked for a while during her year of self-discovery in Falmouth.
Tucked in tiny lanes between the contrasting towns of Falmouth, Truro and Redruth you find the old mill town of Ponsanooth, home to 1,089 souls (which equates to daily pasty consumption of 15,783).
If you’re good at maths (US :Math) you’ll also be able to work out that there’s a brewery for every 363 folk. Woodman’s, Dynamite Valley and Treen; the latter two tucked up a narrow lane next to the sewage works.
You can’t actually see the sewage works. Or the breweries.
More breweries than pubs (1) AND they have to share a vicar with Mabe. I’msure Mabe is thrilled.
The Stag Hunt serves curry from 6, so at opening time an hour earlier I had the run of the pub to myself, and very inviting it was too.
It’s good to see pubs taking my advice on board and stocking local beers, in this case a robust bitter from the picturesque village of Rock.
Woodman’s beer comes in Mrs RM-friendly strengths.
But I went for Treens, because the enthusiastic Landlord raved about it, which is as close as I’d get to a “Which beer’s selling fastest ?” recommendation.
Let me be truthful. It was fine, smooth and well kept (NBSS 3), but tasted like 90% of the beer being produced for village pubs like The Stag Head around the country.
The 10% includes Verdant, of whom more later, and Rebel, whose beers are being produced by the aforementioned Dynamite Valley. Good luck finding them.