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Blue Anchor, Helston Town, Helston

50 Coinagehall Street
Helston
TR13 8EL
Phone: 01326562821
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Graham Coombs left this review about Blue Anchor

Difficult to add anything that has not been said already, but this is a superb historic ale house which should not be missed. The range of beers has crept up somewhat, with five draught ales available as well as a couple of ciders.

On 11th September 2018 - rating: 9
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Blue Anchor

Legendary pub with a special place in brewing history. Features a central corridor with the compact main and back bars to the right and the Children's and Gun Rooms to the left. Ultra-traditional furniture and decor throughput. The tiny first-floor brewery and cellar are housed in a separate building out the back, along with the 'heritage' outside toilets and a covered patio. Spingo Middle (£3.10) and Special on handpump, along with two ciders. One of those 'must visit' pubs, and well worth the effort of getting there.

On 15th April 2017 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about Blue Anchor

The Blue Anchor remains famous in ale drinking circles for being one of just four home brew pubs operating in the UK when CAMRA was formed in 1971. Unlike the other three (The Three Tuns in Bishops Castle, All Nations in Madeley and The Old Swan in Netherton), it is the only one that has continuously brewed beer since then. The pub’s Spingo ales are well known around Cornwall and occasionally found in a few other revered local ale houses, but the Blue Anchor is your best bet to find them. On my visit, their two flagship beers, Middle and Special, were on alongside a seasonal brew, with all three clocking in at over 5% abv. I asked the barmaid what she recommended and she said most of the regulars drink the Middle, so I ordered a pint and found it to be a very distinctive and remarkably sweet, old fashioned ale. It took me a while to get used to it but it drank reasonably well and it was certainly interesting to try something so out of kilter with modern beer trends. Two real ciders were also available and more of the Spingo range was available in bottled form.
The building reputedly dates back to the 15th Century, when it was used as a rest home for monks, but was converted into a pub and brewery in the 18th century, taking its name from Helston’s former days as a port town before the estuary silted up. Today we find a rare pub layout, with several rooms accessed from a central flagstone floored passageway. The main bar is in the front right hand room, with the dark wood servery tucked away to the rear left. Dark wood beams cross the ceiling and a collection of old tankards and pint glasses has been hung from them. Some excellent traditional pub seating fills out the front part of the room and there are some good black and white photos on the walls. This was by far the most popular room and the friendly locals generated a good buzz and seemed used to random strangers passing through. The front left room has pew and chair seating options, a table made from an upturned barrel, a grand stone fireplace and a great picture of Helston Town Band on the wall, alongside other old paintings. A small adjoining snug has room for a single table and a very old poster which advertised the nearby Seven Stars pub as being up for sale. Further down the passageway, you pass beneath a ‘Take Courage’ sign before you find another door to the left which leads into a cosy room with some more barrel tables and padded pews plus walls decorated with a series of excellent posters for the Spingo Brewery and various events in the pub. I thought these posters looked great in this room, which was a little cold although an electric heater was doing its best to keep us warm and dry out our sodden clothing. A second bar can be found to the rear right of the passage, where a few more locals had set themselves up underneath some more interesting local posters. The corridor emerges into the garden area from which you can access a huge tent full of seating and a closed bar, the outdoor toilet block, the skittle alley and of course the brewery itself. The pub seemingly attracts a fair amount of tourists and runs its own line of merchandising including packs of bottled beer, t-shirts and even Spingo mustard.
This is an obvious destination pub that is worth seeking out for the fabulous, unusual interior, the genuine warm welcome and the anachronistic beer range. I really enjoyed exploring this pub and sampling a beer that I would struggle to find the likes of elsewhere in the country. For me, this was a memorable visit and one I’m very pleased I made.

On 22nd November 2016 - rating: 9
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Camborne, 9.62 miles, 3 hr 5 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : Yes - They run a B & B nearby. - last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - September - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 03 June 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Function Room : No - The garden marquee appears to be available for "functions". - last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 03 June 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : No last updated 22 November 2016 by Pub SignMan
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