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The Chain Locker, Falmouth

Quay Hill
TR11 3HG
Phone: 01326311085

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Orchid (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Brainy Pool left this review about The Chain Locker

Decent enough old pub that resists being too much of a tourist trap, at least in the main downstairs bar. Nautical and proper pub decor and a decent atmosphere, actually quite rowdy though it was mostly filled with groups looking for food. Four St Austell ales and a fine pint of Trelawny was served by a friendly barmaid. Loses a point for the totally unfitting contemporary R&B/dance music, but I felt very cosy in here.

On 8th September 2021 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about The Chain Locker

The interior is well described below, though much of the Summer custom is at outside tables on the large tarmac square adjacent, which feels like a car park but does overlook the harbour. The outside was crowded, noisy and smokey, so we were very pleased to find a table inside. The staff were pleasant and helpful, even asking whether we were CAMRA members so they could give us discount. Treats and drinks were offered to dogs. Food was excellent if a little pricey. Ales on were Bath Summer’s Hare, Tribute, Proper Job, Trelawny and Betty Stoggs, all in perfect condition. Definitely worth a visit.

On 10th October 2019 - rating: 8
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Chain Locker

Pretty well what you would expect from an old harbourside pub: low-ceilinged with lots of woodwork covered in nautical junk. there is a very large outdoor area of tables out on the quayside, but beware the seagulls if eating. Upstairs has been nicely modernised, with a dining area and a separate restaurant with its own bar and superb views, which can be hired for functions. Draught ales mainly from St Austell/Bath but including Betty Stogs and also draught ciders.

On 15th September 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Chain Locker

Another of Falmouth's harbourside pubs, this place is perhaps best placed to offer great views across the estuary, given its position adjacent to Custom House Quay. The pub has an L-shaped layout, with the servery, to the right on entry, running in a similar shape. You enter into a bare boarded room with a nice little seating area to the front giving some great views out across the Quay. This seating extends past the bar area, mostly in the form of stools made from barrels and standard chairs. The servery is fitted out in dark wood, complimenting the floorboards and wood panelling that runs throughout the pub and helping, with the assistance of some muted lighting, to create a warm, traditional feel where you can easily imagine sailors, fishermen and other such locals enjoying themselves over the years. The walls have been decorated with all sorts of maritime themed photos, paintings and bric-a-brac whilst the ceiling boasts a collection of ship's wheels, life rings and flags of all different varieties. The temptation to pursue a maritime theme must be strong in such a location and could quite easily come across as very contrived, but this stuff looks like it's been here for donkey's years, lending an authentic feel to the whole set-up. Further to the rear, there is a second bar area with lots of ciders available and a nice raised seating area with pews and regular chairs under walls covered with old naval charts, knot displays and photos of shipwrecks. A large TV screen was turned off during our visit in favour of some background music that was lost under the low rumble of chatter through the pub.
This is a St Austell house and their beers dominated the handpulls, with Tribute, HSD, Harvest Moon and Cornish Bitter available alongside two guests from Bath Ales - Barnsey Bitter and Special. The barmaid was very friendly and served up a good pint of the Harvest Moon - a beer I'd not tried before but found to be a very drinkable malty brew, ideal on a tempestuous Winter's evening.
This pub may lack the beer choice of some of Falmouth's more celebrated ale houses but I thought they kept their beer very well and could easily imagine spending an evening here working through the St Austell range. I found the place to be full of character with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and of course those fine views, making it a worthy port of call when in the town centre.

On 30th November 2016 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Chainlocker

A good sized, prominent pub in the centre of Falmouth, it has plenty of outside seating on the quay with great views across the estuary and is cosy and atmospheric inside. Approaching from the steep side street, one has to duck down quite low to get through doors which have a couple of port holes inset in to them.

Internally it’s an L shape pub and the L shaped bar counter has both a beer and a cider bar. There is much wood panelling around both on the ceiling and the walls and is perhaps intended to be reminiscent of a ship’s cabin, whilst flooring is a mixture of rough boards and slate tiles. Besides this there is much nautical memorabilia around such as plenty of photographs of old ship photographs, nautical charts, oars, life buoys, and of course the obligatory glass case containing a selection of knots as well as a collection of sea shells.

There was a good choice of beers on tap which on this occasion were Admiral’s Ale, Skinners Betty Stogs and five from St Austell – HSD, Tribute, Trelawney, Proper Job and Cornish. Ciders were also well represented with Sandford Orchards Fanny’s Bramble, Healey’s Cornish Farmhouse Cyder, Thatcher’s Gold, Strongbow Cloudy Apple, Cornish Rattler, Orchard Pig Philosopher and Old Rosie. All in all a great pub, and certainly one of the best ones that we visited whilst in Falmouth.

On 10th May 2016 - rating: 8
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Gill Smith left this review about The Chainlocker

Called into this pub as it is in the 2013 Good Beer Guide, and I had never visited it before. I enjoyed my Sharp's Special while sitting in the seating outside by the harbour. Lovely location. Also tried a soup from the varied menu. They are having a bit of an exterior refurbishment at the moment and I had difficulty finding it from the main street as the signs were down, but the entrance is down a side street or from the harbour front.

On 12th June 2013 - rating: 7
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Soup Dragon left this review about The Chainlocker

This pub has a couple of entrances. The main entrance is on the harbourside and has a patio. It is in Georgian style - irregular, with bay and sash windows and in white with black paintwork. The other entrance is a small terraced one with a neo-classic entrance. The interior has a large open plan room that sweeps around the serving bar. It is on a couple of levels. The walls are wood panel and white, with a mix of stone and wood flooring, as well as a wood ceiling. The walls and ceiling are festooned with nautical ephemera; from pictures to oars and flags. There is a nice stone fireplace too. There was no TV and no music. The service was great and the place was busy with a mixed clientele, some tourists like me! Beer; usual tap stuff with Sharpe's Doombar, Special and Panzerfaust (very good). as well as Skinners Cornish Knocker and Heligan's Honey on handpull. A great pub, deserving of its GBG status - a must do in Falmouth.

On 24th May 2013 - no rating submitted
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Ian Davis left this review about The Chainlocker

Really good pub! Great warm welcom, friendly staff. Excellent beer. Looking forward to my next visit. Cheers all!

On 29th January 2013 - rating: 10
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peter ashworth left this review about The Chainlocker

The Chainlocker or The Chainlocker and Shipwrights as it is now known is an harbourside pub with a large sized outdoor seating area overlooking the harbour.The original pub sign states Est 1770 but according to the harbour commissioner the actual date is 1660.There used to be an old prison across the alley,which was built there to accomodate the numerous customers that the pub used to send across.
The walls and ceilings are adorned with numerous nautical memorabilla and other various artefacts.The pub serves a good range of well kept beers and most nights was the pub was quite busy.

On 6th July 2012 - rating: 7
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