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The Golden Lion, St. Ives

Market Place
St. Ives
TR26 1RZ
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I L left this review about The Golden Lion

There is a big banner hanging out front proclaiming to be the only CAMRA good beer guide listed pub in St Ives. it's not bad with three ales on during our visit including the usual Doom Bar but there are better pubs worthy of listing in my opinion.

On 30th October 2010 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Golden Lion

Basic, no frills boozer located just a short stroll from the beach. In the front there’s a cluster of tables and bench seating around a semi-octagonal wood panelled bar. There’s a small TV which wasn’t on for our visit and a darts board. The décor is mostly red, with red painted brick and plaster, although there is an exposed stone wall at one end which makes a slightly more interesting feature. There is also another bar at the rear, although we didn’t try that on our visit. Large wood framed windows provide plenty of natural light.

Beers on tap were just Heligan Honey and Doom Bar, although there was a third pump that was not in use on this occasion. Ciders were Strongbow, Bulmers and Old Rosie.

On 24th September 2010 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about The Golden Lion

Not a pub that makes particular good first impressions and will be of limited appeal to the average drinker. The front bar is at best functional and at worst, a mess of manky and tasteless decor. The bar itself is semi-octagonal (if such a shape exists), the colour scheme rather gloomy and everything appears to be rather random and slapdash with lots of exposed wiring and collectables arranged sporadically around the bar. A darts area is to the right of the bar and at the rear of the pub is a second bar with a pool table but it has the feel of of a student bar. Beyond this are the gents and a tiny and not particularly attractive beer patio. The corridor between the 2 bars probably has the mankiest carpet in Cornwall. Strangely, despite all the negatives, there is a pretty good selection of ales that does make the visit worthwhile – Doom Bar, Heligan Honey, Keltek Magik and Old Rosie cider. The locals seemed harmless enough and if you are not fussed about asthetics, then the place may just have some appeal to you. If you are not an Ale fan and prefer somewhere a bit easier on the eye, then this is not the place for you.

On 19th March 2009 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Tris C
St Ives (Cornwall), 0.46 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Carbis Bay, 1.63 miles, 31 min walk (show)
Lelant, 3.23 miles, 1 hr 2 min walk (show)
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18th Sep 2023, 23:22
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18th Sep 2023, 22:36
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 September 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 September 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 September 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 18 September 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 December 2020 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 19 March 2009 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 March 2009 by Will Larter
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