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Badger Inn, Lelant

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A St Austell House.

A large village pub with one large bar area which is divided up into three main areas one of which contains a pool table. Has a room set aside as a restaurant attached to the bar. Has a pleasant beer garden. Car park. The focus seems to be more on food than wet sales.

The interior is nothing special, has a small screen TV, (set to sport), above the bar.

Beers in good condition, no Proper Job at time of visit just Tribute and HSD. What is remarkable about the pub is the price of beer....£4 for a pint of Hicks....bit steep for a village pub.......but as Lelant is close to St Ives, price seems no object.

ridleyman - 16 Apr 2016 15:47
Have passed The Badger hundreds of times over the years, but only ventured in last Sunday evening. Not disappointed - beer on form and food good and plenty of it. Service a bit slow, but then this IS Cornwall and they had a couple of members of kitchen staff off sick. Will definitely revisit.
scoobybooze - 2 Jan 2014 14:23
went on a sunday late afternoon beer was ok only thing wrong was all the table were set for eating so if you only wanted a beer you sat in the garden or at the bar
forestwood - 10 Oct 2009 09:52
The place was busy when I was there on a Thursday evening recently (it was quiz night). The various St Austell ales I tried were okay. I ate in the restaurant and had the carvery meal. A very odd system of saying you'll have the carvery then waiting to be told it was okay to go up was in operation - curious as there was no queue and I was starving hungry. The cheese I had for second course was very good - served at room temperature so it could be tasted properly - but there was too much of it as if to justify the price tag (dear).
I enjoyed sitting in the garden afterwards.
Ordinary - 20 Jun 2009 17:14
Visited the Badger in may as we always do when in the area. regret to sya the once excellent carvery has gone downhill. Gramted there is a very good selection of vegetables but the meats are all rather tastelss. It was bit difficult to tell the difference between the beef and the lamb to be honest.

However the major thing is that they satill have not reinstated the HSD. It used to be available until three years ago but was taken off and the answer is 'no-one asks for it'. Oh I hate that excuse. Funny that. While we there another four people at least did!!

It is not like there is no room for it with at least three pumps used for Tribute.

Think St Austell brewery need to sort their pubs out so they give a full range of their beers.
realbeeronly - 13 Jun 2009 18:21
Still same as ever - average and expensive.

Beer tastes alright but is dear. The place is heaving in summer with tourists who either couldn't get into the Watermill (down the road) or don't know about it. Meals are actually pretty poor with the exception of the carvery.

Other bug bears is that they've taken the pool table out for the summer, and the quiz machine is permanently set on it's hardest level.

Avoid and go into St Ives or the Watermill - a million times better!
awooga - 3 Sep 2008 11:07
A welcome sight when I walked from St Ives to Hayle, and what a lovely garden to enjoy my real ale in.
gillhalfpint - 20 Aug 2008 15:09
Visited to try the Sunday lunch and carvery, and the first try of 'Proper Job' beer this Spring. Ale was good quality, and those who tried the carvery were impressed. Sat in the conservatory, which heats up a treat. Blip in service when it took 15 mins after ordering to tell us a dish was no longer available, but food quality was good on arrival.
goldenglory - 15 May 2008 10:59
not very good
anonymous - 29 Aug 2007 13:39
Decided to give the place another go on Friday night, for a quick drink and a go on the quiz machine (one of the 2 saving graces (previously 3, see below). but no, it's broken.

So now this place has one saving grace, it's beer garden......

There were 2 power cuts in the time i was in on Friday, and I was charged 2.50 for a can of Red Bull. TWO POUND FIFTY?!?! given that it costs between 1.50 and 2.00 in the pubs and wine bars of Truro and St Ives, this is absolutely ridiculous.

This place has been given numerous chances, but unless they fix the quiz machine and put the pool table back in, I shall be avoiding it in future.
awooga - 22 Aug 2007 10:47
when was it taken over then?

and also

where is the pool table?

that might force me to reconsider my review and i might even go back in this pub again
awooga - 14 Aug 2007 15:57
Previous reviews may have been the norm for this pub, but with the new owners at the helm, this will become the place to go. Previous public houses under their ownership served great food, great beer and a really friendly atmoshpere.
IanGoodwin - 7 Aug 2007 20:03
Over priced and badly cooked food experienced in this pub. Don't waste your money eating here. They even managed to incinerate a steak and kidney pie until dry and burnt in the middle and then had cheek to serve it! Had to wait ages for food to come too. My 'butterflied' fish was pricey and consisted of a small fillet stuck on a cocktail stick. Vegetarian meal consisted of barely cooked squash, ughh! Smell from toilets also added to an unforgetable evening.
mrsgrumpymummy - 11 Jul 2007 11:04
decidedly average boozer given over primarily to food. haven't tried eating here but have heard it isn't much cop. its saving graces are the quizzer, the beer garden, and the pool table - they have since removed the latter to make way for more tables - BOOOO!
awooga - 22 May 2007 14:17
Touristy pub with over-priced menu. Carvery ok but avoid everything else.
matt33 - 5 May 2007 22:20
We've eaten here a few times as it is local to my parents. It is a big eatery and you have to take pot luck. If there are tables of noisy children, then ask for a seat in the conservatory - not great for a quiet drink, but fine for a meal. Chairs are plastic, but it doesn't spoil the meal too much. The carvery is fine and popular, though the menu is a better option if you want something tasty. The fish is often good (my wife's cod was among the best she has tasted) and vegetables all (taste) local. Beer is good, also, and St Austell ales can be hit and miss. So, all in all a good choice for a meal in this area.
nroskilly - 30 Oct 2006 21:58
The food served here is not good, there is no other way to say it. I ordered from the menu and not the carvery, thinking that the menu would be better. Its more expensive but there was a lot to choose from - Big mistake! They either have a chef who has lost his passion since the last review or their diners smoke 40 a day because the food was tasteless. Maybe there is too much to choose from on the menu and the chef can't cope, I dunno but the food is pricey and you are not in a restaurant. Everything was hugely overcooked, the fish was like leather, the pasta was soggy and the starter of brocolli and stilton soup I swear came straight from a packet. We finished eating 3 minutes after they served the food and the plates were full, they cleared the table without asking if there was a problem and we paid nearly thirty quid for it.

If you want to eat good food go into St Ives and if you can get a table go to Porthminster cafe, these people know how to cook great food!!
stevie76 - 7 Aug 2006 22:38
Lovely big pub with nice beer garden,and st austell ales,8/10
fat_beer_badger - 28 Jun 2006 15:38
Great vegetarian food, loads of choice. Really lovely staff - they even helped us out on the quiz machine after last orders instead of hurrying us out.
anonymous - 24 Nov 2005 12:52
I cannot believe no comment has been posted about THE BADGER-As a frequent visitor from Tunbridge Wells, my first Port of Call on arrival has to be,here, Beer good,"though small choice", BUT THE CARVERY IS EXCELLANT-The Staff and Landlady are most friendly, it always feels more like, I have come back, rather than just arrived!
anonymous - 6 Oct 2005 00:16

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