Fine food meets rural tradition at this famed Cornish country inn
Since taking over the Victoria Inn in November 2014, Nik and Laura Boyle have made some big changes to the foodie pub in Perranuthnoe, including refurbishing two of the bedrooms. But changing its bright pink exterior? Well, that’s out of the question.
VISIT FOR two AA rosette standard food in a relaxed, comfy setting. Ticking all the right boxes – crackling log fire, great selection of local ales, and a contented feeling of fullness at the end of the evening – the Victoria Inn’s definitely one of our foodie pub faves.
DON’T VISIT for mod cons and sleek architecture. This is a 12th century inn complete with creaky floorboards and wonky corridors – embrace it and its charming imperfections!
WE LIKED the contemporary Cornish decor in the rooms; it had seaside glamour with all the home comfort you crave when away – the biscuit tin filled with ginger nuts and shortbread was also a winner (not that it stayed full for long).
INSIDER’S TIP take advantage of the South West Coast Path, which is practically on the inn’s doorstep. After a hearty Sunday morning breakfast, take the path west to Marazion, or east to Prussia Cove, then refuel later with a roast back at the pub.
What we ate and drank (dinner)
To start Steamed Porthilly mussels, provençal sauce, garlic mayonnaise, crusty bread
Mains Pork ‘nose to tail’ – cheek croquette, apples, fillet, crispy crackling, black pudding and faggot
Pud Dark chocolate brownie, Tia Maria cream, chocolate crumble, salted caramel sauce, chocolate sorbet
Drink A glass or two of sauvignon blanc