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Watermill Inn, Lelant

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A Free House.

A very old building which as its name suggests was a watermill, indeed the waterwheel still turns. There is one bar in one large room which is divided by an old stone wall which clearly was once the 'outside' wall. Upstairs there is an additional space for eating in a more restaurant type atmosphere.

Three beers on tap at time of visit, Betty Stogs, Doom and a guest beer from Driftwood Spars brewery.....all in good condition served by a welcoming barman. Friendly crowd of locals and visitors.

The pub is head and shoulders above its nearest rival the 'Badger' and has a welcoming old world charm. Has a car park which seems to fill up quickly and a beer garden.

Well worth a detour and is a short distance from the Penzance to St Ives bus route.
ridleyman - 25 Apr 2016 20:30
great place, one of the best in the area,
vinnnie - 19 Jun 2015 16:35
Enjoyed a superb Ploughman's lunch (6.95) sitting outside in the large rear garden reading their newspapers and looking at the watermill turn round while the sun was beating down. Good Dartmoor Jail Ale and Betty Stogs. Did not try the Doom Bar. Well worth visiting.
paul_d102 - 19 Sep 2012 21:40
After starting with 3 St Austell Brewery pub, we were glad to find some different ales on sale in the Watermill - Sharps Doom Bar, Skinners Betty Stogs & Bays Devon Dumpling. The watermill itself can be seen on entering through the rear garden, which I can imagine is lovely in summer. Meals seem to be the focus here, but it also seemed to be popular with a relatively young drinking clientele. A nice place with friendly staff.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Jan 2012 20:36
As promised, We ate here on Good Friday. Good job we booked before, we arrived early for our 7.30pm table. and already pepole were being told they were fully booked. The food was good,the service was attentive and the beer is kept well. we were not disappointed. where ROB54 went I do not know but give it a go. staff poliet and quick service.
servingwench - 3 May 2011 12:43
Eaten here 4 times this year, and it's excellent as always. The beer is always well kept, the staff well trained and friendly, and the pub always clean and pleasant.

The proprietor, Frank Symes, knows his stuff and is regularly behind the bar. He is certainly not a complete basket case - I think ROB54 may have some allegiance to the Old Quay House...

The best pub in Lelant, and the best food for miles around - 10 out of 10.
awooga - 8 Dec 2010 09:39
Ate here in May 2009, going back to Hayle Easter 2011, will give this a go. Last time food lovely, landlord pleasant. Hopefully not changed hands again or as last report a complete basket case. Always worth giving somewhere a go and making own mind up.
servingwench - 11 Nov 2010 12:40
Do not go here for food. A complete basket case!
ROB54 - 22 Jun 2010 23:09
first time we arrived at this pub at 1930hrs on a friday in the small car park their was no room in the car parkso we left unable to park 2nd time we went the following saturday got a parking space beer was not as expensive a pint cost 2-70 ok for cornwall served by freindly barman and went sat in the garden the waterwheel is worth seeing
forestwood - 10 Oct 2009 10:03
What a grand setting for a beer festival. Wonderful garden with a marquee placed for the beers and musical acts. Good range of ales too. Not just local but countrywide selection.
gillhalfpint - 9 Jul 2009 18:30
This place is excellent, good pub area downstairs, serving excellent meals, and a nice restaurant upstairs. The best of all, is the EPIC beer garden, split in 2 sections by a stream - ideal in the summer. Food has always been excellent, staff friendly, and a half decent range of beers. It's not the cheapest pub in the world, but that's Cornwall.

If in Lelant, don't bother with the Old Quay House or Badger - this is the place to go.
awooga - 19 Jun 2009 09:02

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