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The Jamaica Inn, Launceston

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Postal town: Launceston
PL15 7TS
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Gill Smith left this review about The Jamaica Inn

Enjoyed our visit to this old coaching inn today. It was quite busy, but service at the bar was good despite a coach load of us turning up. They had Dartmoor Jail Ale, a St Austell beer for the inn, and Penpont Beast of Bodmin and we enjoyed them. There is a large room separate set for dining, and a smaller room with TV showing sport.

On 21st May 2016 - rating: 7
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gee evans left this review about The Jamaica Inn

A rather dissapoining visit.we had a ploughmans lunch which was good but the bread let it down,being a bit soggy and tastless,the food service area is a caffeteria style with self service,the staff were rude and sullen,the only good part was the museum and gift shop,the lady there was really friendly and informative.

On 23rd October 2012 - rating: 5
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John Bonser left this review about The Jamaica Inn

High up on Bodmin Moor and just off the A30 is The Jamaica Inn.

As if we didn't already know, on approaching the pub, we quickly realise that this is no ordinary Cornish moorland village inn. The car park is probably about the size of a football pitch and - here's the real giveaway - there's designated parking bays for coaches.

On my recent visit, the pub was relatively quiet - no coach parties, thankfully - but that didn't stop a rather officious looking jobsworth in a fluorescent jacket from eyeing me suspiciously as I drove in and then checking, none too subtly, that I was actually visiting the premises ( as opposed to walking off in entirely the opposite direction to absolutely nowhere, presumably ?)

The Jamaica Inn was, of course, made famous by the writer, Daphne du Maurier, and 18th Century smugglers tales and legends connected with this pub abound. No one could possibly accuse the pub's management of underplaying the connection nowadays - there's a separate museum attached to the pub ( admission charge - £ 3.95p ) and a gift shop, where you can buy just about anything, seemingly, with The Jamaica Inn name on.

As you walk across the smallish cobbled courtyard to the main bar - predictably named The Smugglers Bar - you see an inscription above the door telling you that "through these portals passed smugglers, wreckers, villains and murderers, but rest easy - t'was many years ago". The pub interior is very much what you would expect - dark, low beams with pots and pans and plenty of pictures of nautical / smuggling activities. There's also an old banknote collection on the beams. A plaque on the floor tells us that "on this spot Joss Merlyn was murdered", although I didn't immediately see anything telling me who Joss was or why he met such an unfortunate end. There's no TV's, but I did see a couple of electronic game and fruit machines.

There's a dedicated restaurant area - The Pedlars Bar - which, perhaps not surprisingly, accounts for much of the floor space. A leaflet about the pub refers to "a children's play area with pirate ship", which is presumably round the back of the building as I don't recollect seeing it. There's some seating outside in the cobbled courtyard at the front of the building.

Accommodation is offered - 16 rooms in total - in what is evidently an extension to the original building, but it does seem to blend in reasonably well. Needless to say, overnight guests have the possibility of being visited by one of the resident ghosts.

The 6 handpumps were serving Tribute, Dartmoor Jail Ale and Legends. The Tribute, perhaps cheaper than might be expected at £ 2.90p, was pretty good.

It's only a short detour from the A30, and not exactly short of signposts to help get you there, so you might want to pop in out of curiosity if passing by.

On 5th October 2010 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by James Joines
Coombe Junction Halt (Rail Station), 10.44 miles, 3 hr 21 min walk (show)
Liskeard, 10.55 miles, 3 hr 23 min walk (show)
Bodmin Parkway, 11.12 miles, 3 hr 34 min walk (show)
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21st May 2016, 21:01
Review submitted by Gill Smith
8th Sep 2014, 14:37
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 21 May 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 May 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 21 May 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 21 May 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Darts : Yes last updated 21 May 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 21 May 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 May 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 21 May 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 May 2016 by Gill Smith
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