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Lamorna Wink, Penzance

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user reviews of Lamorna Wink, Penzance

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I hadn't visited before the new owners took over, so cant really compare, but seems to have had a tasteful makeover. The Pub is in a very wooded valley on the dead end road to Lamorna Cove, and the name goes back to bygone days when a "wink" was the sign that illegal contraband was available. I visited at around 4pm on a friday, so pub was pretty quiet. Beers were Skinners River Cottage IPA & Betty Stoggs, along with Apple Slayer cider. The lady behind bar was friendly, and menu (serves from 6pm) lookede good. Sandwiches available all day. The ships plates are all still present, as is the Devenish' legend on an outbuilding wall... Nothing stays the same, but I would definitely visit again.
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 2 Aug 2014 16:34
Was in here yesterday after a thirsty walk along the coast path. We were drinking the house beer brewed by Skinners, Lamorna Bobby, named after the late landlord. Ale was in good nick and they also had Betty Stoggs. Lots of trade, locals and visitors. No food, as the kitchen is now closed ("and that's one thing we don't have to worry about any more" as the landlady told most customers.)

Yes, the pub has been sold, the new owners move in on 15th May. I hope they manage to keep the charm, and good ale, while they tart the place up. Would hate the Wink to become another poncy gastropub with sky high prices and no atmosphere.
jaypster - 6 May 2013 11:43

As predicted, pub now up for sale as elderly publicans retiring.
ridleyman - 14 Jan 2013 09:10
An interesting pub with plenty of old memorabilia, most notably brass ships names attached to the walls and a collection of hats hanging above the bar, along with an incredible amount of dust. And, yes, it is a bit like stepping back into the 1960's as mentioned in a previous comment. It even has the original 'Devenish' pub sign attached to an outside wall, (a company that used to own most of the pubs in Cornwall), and ceased to exist many years ago.

Would appear to be the same elderly ladies in charge, (and small dog), although I only saw one of them behind the bar who gave a warm welcome when I visited although it was, oddly, giving its almost the peak of summer, virtually empty at the time. Beer doesn't seemed to have changed from previous listing as still Skinner's and Doom...but well kept and pleasant enough.

This is a very old pub with a strong connection to the Newlyn School of artists and features in a number of paintings by 'Lamorna Birch and Sir Stanhope-Forbes. It is probably worth going there now before the ladies become too old to run the place as the long term future of the pub is likely to be a private house or some sort of 'gastro-pub'.

An interesting, quirky pub, well worth a detour.
ridleyman - 26 Jul 2012 12:34
Beautiful setting and nice interior, beautiful pub all round.
Beer choice a bit poor, with the usual suspects (Doom Bar & Betty Stoggs) which you find everywhere else.
Visited a couple of times in the pre summer period, a bit bleak with no other customers and a tad cold in there.
MarkVP - 8 Sep 2011 13:10
Made a brief visit here in early January 2010 around lunch time. It had a very welcoming feeling, lots of images and objects on the walls. The old dear behind the bar seemed friendly enough towards us. Would like to visit again for a few drinks in the evening to get a proper feel.
blamm - 13 Jan 2010 15:34
Quaint. Had lots of diving helmets and other seafaring memorabilia last time I went there.

Good food as I recall, and good ale.

Worth a visit if you're in the area.

griffo59 - 18 Aug 2009 14:06
A bizarre experience like travelling back into the 1950s into an Agatha Christie book. Pub run by two old ladies and filled with faded photos and strange locals. However pub lunch was good particularly the crab sandwiches and beer OK
scott7114 - 5 Aug 2009 18:50

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