Bring the lab and pull up a pint.....
The pub represents a quintessential village boozer, which is quite the idea. The pub has been Rick Stein's own local since he was a young whippersnapper of 18, and when the tenancy became available in 2009, he was pleased to add it to his growing empire of restaurants and shops. Unlike the uber stylish seaside glam of the Padstow parterres, The Cornish Arms is still very much a lovely local perfect for pints and lime sodas (unless you are within walking distance of St Merryn you really do need to drive there, hence the poor designated driver opting for a lime soda. Other soft drinks are available).
Should you opt for more than just ‘bar-fly’ the food is a delicious example of pub food, with a scrumptiously Stein’s influence. Think traditional British food – beef burgers, mussels ‘n’ chips and scampi – with the garnish of Rick Stein’s global know-how.
Tucked in the eaves, the bar has all that is good about Cornish ales. Tribute, Tinners and Proper Job, plus more from the St Austell Brewery crew. Should, however, your boozing take a less hearty attitude then there is a veritable selection of vinos.
Best of all, come March, The Cornish Arms goes all out with indoor/ outdoor fun and celebrate the Beer and Mussel Festival. This is exactly what it says on the tin. Mussels flash in large woks in a tacked-on marquee and are served many ways (not much beats moules mariniere however there are some exciting flavours to sample including some with a real spice kick). These are served with skinny fries, for dipping of course and tokens for beer.
In true pub style there are special curry nights, steak nights, pub quizzers and a proper Sunday roast effort. The Cornish Arms is also dog friendly – so bring the lab and pull up a pint.
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rickstein.com | Churchtown, St Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8ND | 01841 520288