9 reviews of The Sloop Inn in English
I am going to have to go against the grain here and express my view that this is an overrated tourist trap.
It might be nice if you can get a seat outside viewing the harbour, but I have never seen a seat free there…so instead the inside fills up, dashing any charm that the pokey interior might otherwise have had.
In the end my main gripe is the beers, all of which are extremely common beers found all over London. Give me Cornish Beer! (and not just Doom Bar!)
A picturesque inn located by the harbour in the sleepy coastal town of St. Ives. Being 6 foot 7 inches high, I certainly had to 'Sloop’ to even enter this establishment, but this still ranks as one of the nicest bars I have had the pleasure to drink in. Watching 'Raise The Titanic’ recently I almost fell off the sofa when I recognised 'The Sloop’ in one of the films early scenes with the late Alec Guinness. I intend to visit the area of St. Ives next summer and will certainly make a return visit to the Sloop Inn.
I have a definite love / hate relationship with The Sloop. I love it on a moderatley quiet evening in down season, but on a nice day when the holiday makers are around (and that includes me!) it can be a real nightmare!
I therefore avoid during the day, and Bank Holidays, but go there on a weekday evening.
To the pub itself: it’s great. There is always a good selection of beer on tap (as long as Doom Bar exists I’ll be happy) and the atmosphere is great. There are three interior “sections” to this pub - the back end and the walkway on the left hand side and a separate smaller bar through a different door on the right (which is my favourite - you can sit by the fire and look out through the window at the harbour).
As a previous reviewer stated, the walls are covered in work by local artist Segal, and you may still spot a few of the local residents captured during their younger years!
The food is okay, but I go this pub for the atmosphere, decor, and, of course, the beer.
This is a fab little pub right on the sea front in St Ives. There are lots of tables outside, perfect for when the sun comes out! There is a bar a seating inside, quite a dark place with low ceilings, but friendly staff. I haven’t tried the food but the drinks are very reasonably priced and perfect on a hot day. This pub is jam packed in the summer, in fact it was pretty full every day that we were there over Christmas! They sometimes have entertainment on, but it’s lovely just to sit and look out across the sea. Best pub in St Ives.
The best pub in st ives. It is in a stunning location with a position right on the harbour front. The atmosphere is always buzzing and it is suitable for everyone. All are welcome, including families. There are a few tables outside which are the best seats in the house but they get taken very early especially in the summer months when it is packed from opening till closing. Prices are great on the drinks. They do food, but I have never tried the food so couldnt comment.
Great little pub in the harbour of St. Ives which is definitely worth a visit. Fantastic to sit outside when the sun is shining and watch the world go by whilst looking out to sea! Can get very busy during the summer months.
It's kind of all-in-one venue situated in a very good location of St. Ives, I have visited it around 4-5 times in a week and it's always busy. Facing to the harbour front, the place is divided into 3 areas; Public bar which is the main section - low ceiling and quite packed (with tables & chairs), Cellar bar - a bit smaller but looks spacious and quieter, Outdoor - when the sun comes out, this is the only place you want to be!
Breakfast is superb! Hot chocolate is a cup of hot milk and a big chocolate chunk on skewer that you have to melt it in before drinking. Main courses are impeccable - we had Seafood Risotto, Trio of Cornish Fish and Fish n' Chips and they tasted a lot more than they costed!!! We all loved it.
A good selection of ales also drags drinkers here but not a lot for cider fans. When the bar gets really busy, make sure you deliver more than eye contact to bar staff as they don't seem to remember faces in the queue. Of course, they are nice in general. They have live perform sometimes too.
For those who love art, it's decorated with collections of drawing by various artists if you can manage to walk around to enjoy them.
If you own a gadget and need to be on cyberworld, they also provide wireless broadband internet connection for free but you have to stay very close to the bar to get connected.
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