Cornwall

The Top House on the Lizard Peninsula

Offering hearty food and a warm welcome, the Top House Inn is a popular choice throughout the year. Particularly enticing in winter, the pub’s open fires and cosy nooks offer blissful reprieve from the sometimes dramatic weather of this wild and rugged stretch of Cornwall.

Located in the heart of the Lizard near the country’s most southerly point, the Top House Inn is one of the first buildings you see as you enter the village. A welcoming beacon beckoning with food and drink, it’s been a popular haunt amongst locals and visitors alike for decades. Recently re-opened in 2021 after being taken over by new owners, Andy and Margaret Sutherland, it’s ready to welcome guests once again.  

Serving a wide range of classic pub meals and seasonal favourites, the Top House Inn reaps the benefits of having lots of quality, local producers nearby. Allowing you to really experience the fresh tastes of the South West, its dishes evolve with the seasons and have an emphasis on fish and seafood. For plenty of choice, set menus are accompanied by an extensive specials board, regularly updated with flavourful dishes created by the pub’s Head Chef, Carolyn.

Whether you are looking for lunch, dinner or a piping hot Sunday roast, the pub’s traditional decor, open beams and wooden floors create an atmospheric setting in which to sit back and relax. All over the walls, photographs of ships, Lizard fishermen, lifeboat crew and locals over the years are a warm reminder of the area’s heritage. If you spend long enough by the bar, you are sure to be regaled with stories of old by local raconteurs!

For something a little different, you can also take advantage of a brand-new feature of the pub, the Sutherland’s Vintage Tea Rooms. Featuring genuine vintage crockery and serving a variety of Margaret’s very own homemade bakes, cakes, and fresh sandwiches, the tearooms encourage you to savour the pleasure and occasion of afternoon teas. To really treat yourself, glasses of Prosecco and Champagne are also on offer for extra indulgence. Well, why not?

If you have special dietary requirements, the Top House staff can carefully accommodate your needs and are always willing to discuss requests in advance. There is a wide variety of drinks behind the bar, including local tipples such as Tarquins gin and St Austell cask ales. With dog-friendly areas, your dog can accompany you in the bar and there is also outside seating so you can bask in the sunshine too.

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The Top House Inn, The Lizard, Helston TR12 7NQ | www.thetophouselizard.co.uk | 01326 290974

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