The Victoria Inn

Fantastic dining pub fare in Perranuthnoe

Dubbed ‘the pink pub’ locally, The Victoria Inn is the village pub at Perranuthnoe, tucked away on Cornwall’s south coast between Helston and Penzance. But to call it a village pub doesn’t quite cover it, because this inn is more than worthy of a detour for its food.

It’s been a fave of Food readers for many years, with Food Reader Award Best Pub accolades in 2012 and 2014.

The inn was taken over by Nik and Laura Boyle in November 2014, but you’ll find little has changed when you visit: the menus are the same, the decor is the same, and even the kitchen staff are the same. It’s still an winning combo of cosy country pub and fine dining restaurant, with two cosy en-suites if you don’t fancy the drive home.

If you do choose to stay, you’ll be spoilt rotten: the beautiful rooms have lots of lovely touches such as homemade chocolates, a fruit bowl, and a collection of books you can borrow.

The bar is somewhere you’ll want to linger. You can pull up a pew by the woodburning stove for a chat and pints of Doom Bar and Betty Stoggs. In the restaurant next door, the feel is that of a welcoming country kitchen, with farmhouse furniture and still life paintings on the walls.

As you might hope from a country pub, the portions are hearty and the menu is seasonal and comforting. Dishes are executed with great taste but without undue fuss (though oenophiles will appreciate the wine list and suggested dessert wines).

Signature dishes include a fantastic slow roasted Primrose Herd pork belly bubble and squeak, apple puree, hogs pudding and crackling, or the Cornish ribeye steak with real chips, giant onion rings and garlic aïoli, as well as a dozen daily-changing specials chalked up on the board.

Desserts are a must with British classics such as bread and butter pudding, fruit, cinnamon and almond crumble, or sticky ginger pudding with toffee sauce all warming the cockles.

Accompanying ice creams (malt, amaretto, coffee) are made in-house, apart from the surprisingly indulgent Moomaid chocolate sorbet, which is completely dairy-free (you won’t find it on the menu, so you’ll need to bend your waitress’s ear).

Another little-known secret: signed copies of John Le Carré hardbacks are sold behind the bar in aid of St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle.

Read our insider’s review here!

Insider’s tips

The sheltered courtyard garden at the back of the pub is a real sun-trap and a perfect place to while away a few hours after an easy walk along the coastal path from Marazion (only 30 minutes).

Fun pub quizzes are run every third Wednesday during the winter months.

Did you know? The Victoria Inn is reputed to be one of the oldest pubs in Cornwall.

Perranuthnoe, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 9NP

01736 710309

Opening hours

Lunch served Tuesday to Saturday 12pm – 2.30pm (last orders for food at 2pm). Sunday 12pm–3pm (last orders for food at 2.30pm).

Cornish clotted cream teas Monday to Saturday 2.30pm-4pm. Full afternoon tea and champagne teas from 2.30pm-3.30pm Monday to Saturday (bookings only).

Dinner is served Tuesday to Saturday 5.30pm. Food is served 6.15pm– 9pm.

Chef: Nik Boyle

Owners: Nik and Laura Boyle

Bedroom rate: £75

Bedrooms: 2

  • Kids welcome
  • Dogs welcome (bar and garden only)
  • Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Beer garden


Food Magazine Reader awards ‘Best Foodie Pub’ 2014 and 2012

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