ST IVES – A KETTLE, BEETROOT, A PILCHARD

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17th January 2020

Finally, somewhere posh” says reader Pashmina Pauline.

St Ives

Yes, it’s St Ives, the Falmouth of the west.

£31.59 for B&B at Treloyhan Manor on a Friday night. And I still complained about breaking my £30 budget.

Best views of the trip on the walk from Carbis Bay.

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Dusk over St Ives
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Empty beaches, oddly

Last time here you could hardly move. Now I had it all to myself.

Particularly in the pubs.

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You don’t forget a name like Kettle’n’Wink Bar, do you ?

Well, actually you do, it’s just when I came here before it was listed as the Western Hotel, the sort of thing that drives tickers crazy.

Still, a pleasingly basic hotel bar. Perhaps a bit too authentically basic.

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Proper seating

The mark of a good pub is that you can join in a random conversation without being blanked.

“You know that Dali ? Did he die in a crazy way or was that Warhol ?”

You’ll be amazed what I know about Dali and his DNA.

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Why is my glass sliding

The Tribute was a cool, rich NBSS 3+, but it was the American TV, subtitled for the Cornish, that clinched it.

Tea time. Research shows that 97.2% of visitors to St Ives have a pasty, but you’ll be unsurprised to read I had beetroot houmous salad from the Vegan takeaway.

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The guy who runs it is a legend, and it’s worth visiting for the models on the sushi stand.

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Cute

So, the micro. Easier to get out of Truro Escape Room than find the Pilchard.

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Note opening times
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It’s in there. Honest.

A cosy cave-like bar, the sort that Castletown does well, and a cheery barman who led me to the Treens, which was as good as MJC said.

“Enjoy it, man”

I did.

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Guvnor
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Nice glass

But I’m claustrophobic, and finished the evening in the newish Spoons, which had a rare Innis & Gunn on draught.

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NBSS 3

And that cookie dough pudding that undid all the good work with the beetroot.

Hey-ho.

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8 thoughts on “ST IVES – A KETTLE, BEETROOT, A PILCHARD

      1. I remember the Union being the only St ives pub with real ale ( Courage on gravity ) forty-five years ago but when I looked in sixteen months ago it was unrecognisable, knocked through into one big room and not at all “like pubs used to be”

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  1. I expect that pudding was fully earned, by way of a good bit of walking!

    So would you say the Pilchard Press was as “like pubs used to be” as they claim? In a funny way their tag line seems to imply that a pub that actually feels like a pub has now become an endangered species…

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  2. I wouldn’t say St Ives is posh ! We usually visit once a year so know it quite well -last time we went to Pilchard press we were joined by the local “character/drunk ” so only stayed for one drink -we have found frequently that there is not a seat to be had so we leave -I refuse to stand -have to say it is not my favourite drinking establishment but I have to humour mr S

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    1. Pauline,
      Might the “Mr S” you “have to humour” be the Bill who’s a very wealthy man after selling out to Molson Coors nine years ago ?

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