These are our final words on Cornwal, which we’re sure is becoming a boring topic.
Ten great Cornish beers
- St Austell Tribute (cask conditioned).
- Marks and Spencer’s Cornish IPA (bottle conditioned).
- St Austell Proper Job (bottle conditioned).
- St Austell Admiral’s Ale (bottle conditioned).
- Sharp’s Chalky’s Bite (bottle conditioned).
- Skinner’s Ginger Tosser (cask conditioned; excellent despite the terrible name).
- Carn Brea One and All (bottled; not brewed in Cornwall).
- St Austell Clouded Yellow (bottle conditioned; a fake Bavarian wheat beer).
- Lizard Ales’ An Gof (bottle conditioned; strong dark ale with salt and smoked malt).
Five disappointing Cornish beers
- St Austell HSD (cask conditioned and bottled).
- St Austell IPA (a Greene King IPA beater — bland and weak).
- Sharp’s Doom Bar (didn’t find a good bottle or pint of this anywhere; maybe we should have gone closer to the source and made it to Rock?)
- Skinner’s Betty Stoggs (cask conditioned; too much crystal malt and some cardboard).
- St Austell Tribute (bottled; dead and flavourless compared to the cask version).
Two decent Cornish pubs
1. The Castle Inn, St Ives — looks a bit rough around the edges (those “drugs will not be tolerated” signs send all the wrong signals) but was full of old men and guest ales when we went on a weekday lunchtime.
2. The Ship Inn, Mousehole — probably cheerier in season, but has a very friendly and efficient — he earwigged when we were deciding what to have and the drinks were lined up on the bar before we got there. Our mates’ kids tell us the Ribena Fruit Shoots were well kept, too.
Next time, we’ll check out the Blue Anchor and the Tinner’s Arms at Zennor.