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The Blue Anchor, Helston

50 Coinagehall Street
Helston
TR13 8EL
Phone: 01326562821
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Quinno _ left this review about The Blue Anchor

Not much to add to the original review, except that it's now listed as ** in the CAMRA Heritage List. This time I went for a pint of Middle (NBSS 2.5) and several pints of Special (3.5); the pub dipped out of the GBG a while ago but has been restored and is in the 2024 edition. Check the shelf behind the bar for bottles of their other brews, as these include their special high abv holiday season ales. A good local craic in the front bar Saturday lunchtime. Food no longer looks to be available. One of those in the ‘try before you die’ bracket for me.

March 2009
The definite 'must-do' pub on my holiday and I wasn't disappointed. The pub is god-knows-how many years old and is a rustic and basic two-bar affair, with smaller and colder drinking rooms to the left hand-side of a long main corridor, leading out to the rear toilets and large marquee. The interior of the main bar may be a bit of a shock for some - it's rather dark and a different world from the high street you've just stepped in from - exposed stone and whitewashed daub walls, cosy settles etc. There's no piped music or TV - just chat, time ticking (and maybe the piano if you're lucky). The locals are friendly enough and are used to beer tourists turning up, so say hello at the bar and you'll get a few words. Tried the brewed-on-site ales including the 6.8% Spingo (brewed 'a little heavier in the winter' I was informed - indeed the bottle I took away was well-over 7%!), the beer wasn't to my taste but was kept fine. Sit back and relax - by the real fire in the back bar if you get extremely lucky as I did. Surprisingly there was also food available - I had already eaten but Mrs Quinno went for the local fish trio and was very happy with what she received - so a thumbs-up there too. It's been in every edition of the Good Beer Guide and long may that continue. A national treasure. Rated 9

On 4th April 2024 - rating: 9
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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 location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Camborne, 9.62 miles, 3 hr 5 min walk (show)
Hayle, 10.11 miles, 3 hr 15 min walk (show)
Penryn, 10.64 miles, 3 hr 25 min walk (show)
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4th Apr 2024, 14:18
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4th Apr 2024, 14:17
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  • Accommodation : Yes - They run a B & B nearby. - last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No - The garden marquee appears to be available for "functions". - last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 04 April 2024 by Quinno _
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