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The Sloop Inn, St. Ives Town, St. Ives

The Wharf
St. Ives
TR26 1LP
Phone: 01736796584
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Sloop Inn

Picturesque old inn (claiming rather implausibly to date from "circa 1312") in a prime position overlooking the small harbour. Just as traditional inside as you would expect, with small linked counters in three separate rooms. All dark wood furniture and panelling, with mostly nautical decor. Three regular real ales from multiple handpumps: Doom Bar, Adnams Lighthouse and Dartmoor Jail Ale (£4.65).

On 16th April 2017 - rating: 7
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I L left this review about The Sloop Inn

Been past this pub many a time but it's normally very busy. However, this time it was quieter (well it was before 11am in October) so we have finally made it in here. Very nice olde world low ceilings and stone flagged floors. We were here for the beer so skipped the breakfasts being served. Three ales on and the Sharps Doom Bar was OK but not as good as it should be. the others were Old Speckled Hen and Ruddles County. Well worth doing when it's not crowded. just be careful if eating outside, we have had the attack of the seagulls when eating take away food near here on the harbour!

On 30th October 2010 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about The Sloop Inn

Occupying a prominent position on the St Ives harbour front, The Sloop Inn apparently dates back to 1312.

It's a reasonably attractive looking building on a harbour front where rampant commercialism in the form of coffee shops, souvenir shops etc seem to have taken away much of the character and charm that I remember from earlier years. It's certainly the oldest looking, most striking building on the harbour front and is a listed building.

Larger inside than it looks from the outside, The Sloop Inn, whilst retaining some semblance of a characterful interior is, of course, part of this commercialism - it makes an unashamed play for the visitor trade by opening at 9 a m for breakfast and selling branded beach bags, baseball caps, sweat shirts etc.

A pleasant traditional interior has the trademark dark, low beams and a black painted interior. The public bar on the right has several large tables and has, apparently, frequently appeared on TV and in films. The larger main bar extends back a long way and has some partitioned booths at the rear. The walls are mainly decorated with works of art from local artists.

There's a small seating area outside which affords a good view of the harbour across the road, although, on my recent visit, this quickly disappeared when Mr White Man Van parked in front of the pub. I was also conscious all the time of the smell of burnt toast from the next table where substantial looking breakfasts were being avidly consumed. There's a first floor restaurant - The Captain's Table.

A series of prominent, rather jarring notices - "Polite Notices" - in large capitals tell you that you can't take your drink across the road because of the St Ives no street drinking policy. Fair enough - but a total of 8 notices across a not very large pub frontage seems to be overdoing things.

On my recent early morning visit, beers on were Doom Bar, Ruddles County and Speckled Hen - definitely one of the least appealing selections that I came across in my travels in this part of the world. The Doom Bar - £ 3.10p - was reasonable.

This is quite a pleasant, attractive pub and is worth a look in, but I bet it gets impossibly busy in the height of summer

On 5th October 2010 - rating: 7
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes - Doombar - last updated 11 September 2013 by Dave McNally
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