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The Ferryboat Inn - Helford River

An excellent pub.

Down on the banks of the Helford River, The Ferryboat Inn is a favourite for its views and lovely vibe. I went for my birthday this year, and although it was still with covid restrictions (in April) meaning they had to serve us takeaway boxes and cups, it was such a treat to sit by the water and enjoy delicious food. The terrace patio heaters were very welcome too!

The Helford River is such an amazing location, with a very different feel to the open beaches on either coast. It's also usually more sheltered if you're looking for a bit of escape on a day when the seafront is feeling the full force of south-westerlies. There are so many stories and so much history here, from the village of Durgan to the notorious Frenchman's Creek of Daphne du Maurier's novel.

(Menu and Terrace Photos from the @theferryboathelford Instagram. Pizza my own!)

It's not the cheapest place for dinner, but not crazy either. You can also just sit for a pint on the terrace which is so ideal on a summer's evening, or wrap up inside in autumn and winter next to a log fire. They also do great hot chocolates!

It's dog-friendly and there is a lovely walk heading SW onto the coast path towards Durgan and Grebe beaches. If you follow the (mostly pedestrianised) road further past the pub you get to a lovely little beach which gets late evening sun. This was also where I first swam with the bioluminescent algae in the Helford which has special memories.

I'm imagining it's going to get pretty busy there this summer, and so a bit of forward planning might be necessary for getting food. But I'm not worried - I don't think this gem of a pub is going anywhere and it might just be that I wait until the busiest bit of the season has passed before I next go for a drink or dinner. Many more riverside pints to come I'm sure!


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