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Great 16th-century find near coastal path

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Microbrewed ales
Open all year

I can see the sea will doubtless be heard from any children in the car as you approach this place, just before St Agnes' relatively secret 'best' beach and redundant harbour. During its time, the whitewashed, three-storey building fulfilled many functions, not least as a smugglers' rendezvous – secret tunnel and all. The roof timbers are spars from a wreck (hence the name), while nautical artefacts recall its time as a chandlery. Assorted furnishings, open fires and dressed stone walls provide additional character in the warren of rooms, including the summer-only, ocean-facing seaview bistro. Up to six hand-pulled real ales, including those from the on-site microbrewery, are served in the three fire-warmed bars, as are Rattler Cornish cider and a few English wines. A seasonal bar menu features Cornish crab cocktail; a kilo of Cornish mussels cooked in Driftwood beer with fennel, shallots and cream; and venison rump with garlic and thyme roast new potatoes, seasonal greens and redcurrant jus. Beer festivals are in mid March, early May and at the end of October

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Friday to Saturday 11am-1am 25 December 11am-2pm)
  • Lunch: all week 12-2.30
  • Dinner: all week 6-9.30 (winter 6.30-8.30)

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Driftwood Spars, Sharp's Doom Bar, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Healey's Cornish Rattler, Thatchers, Touchwood
  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Mid March (mini beer festival), Early May bank holiday weekend


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A30 onto B3285, through St Agnes, down steep hill, left at Peterville Inn, follow Trevaunance Cove sign

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