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Soup Dragon left this review about Blue Anchor
What to say about this place, the home of the Spingo Brewery. Well, the small stone thatched cottage frontage, with its blue painted windows and door, hides a burghage plot that retreats some way back to a nice beer garden. I am always sceptical of historic claims; a 15th century monk's house and so on... well, i am dubious a monk lived here, but it may have been in possession of a monastry - nobody ever cites the source do they! Anyhow, back to the pub. The entrance takes you into a passageway decorated in white and blue, with stone floor. There are a couple of rooms off to the left, the first being the Children's Room, which is a snug in white painted stone with settles and old photos on the walls. The second room is in cream and fake beam, with stone floor, settles and Springo pictures on the walls. The two main rooms are off to the right and served by a central bar. The Gun Room is the lounge at the back, the bar is at the front; both have cream and wood panel decor, stone floors and sone fireplaces, with wooden furniture, including settles. Old photos are on the walls. There is no TV that i saw and no music either. The service was really friendly and the place populated by both holidaymakers and locals (more to the mature side). The locals are really friendly and if you go in the bar you'll get dragged into a conversation, or local banter, pretty quickly. Beer; usual tap stuff with 6 Spingo beers on; Special, Middle, Jubilee, Easter, one i failed to note and a class Stout. A brilliant place and a must do if in the area.
On 5th May 2013
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Gill Smith left this review about Blue Anchor
Always call in when in Cornwall, and found the beers much improved since my last visit. This pub has a long history of being in the Good Beer Guide, but is not in 2010 edition. Maybe the owner has changed. There was a musical event in the back garden area last weekend while we were there, and it was great sitting in the back bar on the rocking chairs by the fireplace listening to the acoustic music, while enjoying Spingo Middle and Spingo Special. Was informed there is a beer festival being held at the beginning of September at the pub. The small rooms on the left as you go in as well as the front and back bar are certainly interesting to look round.
The above was on my 2010 visit, and we do still visit a few times when on holiday in Cornwall. They are producing a larger range of beers now, and we have had the usual Spingo beers plus Fireman's Fury 4.8%, Flora Daze 4.0% and Olympic 4.9%.
On 1st July 2012
- rating: 8
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John Bonser left this review about Blue Anchor Inn
Occupying a central position in the centre of Helston is The Blue Anchor, a well-known home brew pub.
It's immediately noticeable for its striking, thatched cottage style appearance, somewhat out of kilter with nearby buildings. Originally a monks home, it became a local ale house soon after and began brewing its own beer in the 15th century.
A central flagstoned corridor has two characterful, low ceilinged, unspoilt bars on the right hand side. The first room is the main bar and is basic, but traditional with stone floors, wooden furniture, ( including settles ), and plenty of interesting framed prints and photographs. A small framed print tells us that "the art of brewing beer was once widespread in The Duchy of Cornwall. At the beginning of the 17th Century, when the population of Helston was 300, there were 30 brewing ale houses here". Also of note is a listing of public executions in Cornwall between 1790 and 1862 which includes one for "setting fire to corn". In this room are displayed CAMRA awards for 25 and 30 consecutive years in the annual Good Beer Guide.
Further down the corridor is The Gun Room - a much smaller room with a splendid fireplace over which are a pair of impressive looking firearms.
There's a largish beer garden at the back. Part of this is covered and acts as a smokers marquee. A separate bar is here - not open on my visit - used when festivals are on. Also at the back are the outside toilets and the brewing house. There's B & B available in a connected building next door
On the left of the corridor are 3 additional basic rooms providing additional seating. The first of these is designated as a children's room. In one of the other rooms is a framed poster depicting the Helston Railway Centenary ( 1887 - 1987 ) . It was whilst sitting in one of these rooms that I was accosted by a strange, oddly dressed woman - I think we used to call them "hippies" when I was a kid - who politely enquired as to whether I was here for the beginners Cornish Language class. She seemed somewhat disappointed when I responded in the negative.
As a reflection of its fame and popularity as a "destination" pub, various items such as Blue Anchor branded T shirts, sweat shirts, fleeces etc are for sale.
Dotted around the pub were a number of flyers advertising a Monday quiz night starting on 20 September - "Test Your Nollegge" - ( as spelt ), which I presume is an attempt at local Cornish humour.
On the beer front, beers on were Jubilee, Middle, Braggett and Special at gravities of 4.5%, 5%, 6%, and 6.6% respectively. Both beers sampled by me - Jubilee and Middle ( which is described as the most popular beer ) at prices of £ 2.60p and £ 2.70p respectively - were pleasant pints, but, on two consecutive evening visits, both beers seemed rather thin for their advertised gravities. I'm probably going to be crucified for saying this, but, in my opinion, neither the Jubilee nor the Middle had the distinctiveness of ( say) Skinners Cornish Knocker ( as tasted in The Seven Stars, Falmouth ) or St Austell's Proper Job ( as tasted in The Mill in the Exe, Exeter or The Masons Arms, Falmouth ), both pubs that I had visited several days previously. Perhaps I should have gone for the bottled Spingo, as many other obvious non-regulars to the pub were doing. Interestingly, in 2010, the pub lost its 100% record in CAMRA Good Beer Guides since inception.
In summary, yes, I like the pub immensely and I'd definitely return, but, based on my two visits, there's better beers to be found in Cornwall without too much difficulty.
Finally, you'll all be no doubt pleased to hear that there seems to be a taxi rank outside the pub, so if you get spingo'd and can't find ( or be bothered to stagger ) back home, help is readily at hand.
On 5th October 2010
- rating: 6
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