I'd dropped in here for my first beer in the village, and maybe a bite to eat. The bookshelf-lined front bar certainly looked cosy and welcoming and there was proper beer on offer. I was the only customer in the place at about 2 pm on a drizzly Monday but rather than made to feel welcome I felt as if I was somehow intruding. I'm a pub person and...more
Things to see and doin an around Gunnislake The Tamar Valley Discovery TrailPart of the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail between Plymouth and Launceston is the Gunnislake Village Trial which consists of several walks between one and three miles long with easy-moderate walking (some hills).These walks take you past historic sites of interest with...more
This is a pub that doesn't do food! So I'm putting it here out of pure badness.Of the three pubs I visited this was definitely my favourite. As soon as I walked through the door to be greeted by an entirely empty bar, not just devoid of customers but also devoid of servers, I kinda liked this pub.First appearances are everything!The main bar is...more
Not sure if this should be under nightlife or restaurant...
The Tavi is a traditional, slighlty old man pub, but still very nice. It's a lot more laid back than the other pubs in Gunnislake.
Tuesday nights: pub quiz
Thursday nights: live music.
Very good British gastro-pub type food: wild boar, fresh local fish, very good steaks, that kind of thing.
One fab thing I had there was scallops and king prawns in garlic butter. Very very good.
Dress Code: None
Getting to Gunnislake by train isn't the fastest trip in the world, but is certainly one of the most scenic. The train from Plymouth takes 45 minutes to wend its way up the 14 miles of single-track line of the Tamar Valley, but this is 45 minutes during which a camera is much more useful than a book!The scenery is magnificently diverse (for more...more
Because the Tamar Valley Line is a single track there should only be one train on it at any given time, obviously to avoid collisions. To ensure that there is only one train on the line the driver is not allowed to proceed after St Budeaux unless he is in physical possession of the staff. This is a piece of metal, with a shape unique to that...more
Gunnislake holds what sounds like quite a lively local festival every year at the end of July/beginning of August. This usually commences on the Wednesday and culminates on the first Saturday of August.
I haven't actually been here when it is happening, because my only day off in the summer is Monday, but chatting to Gill, the landlady in the Buccaneer pub, (who is one of the organisers) it comes across as the villages main annual event.
There's art exhibitions, competitions, a street fair, lots of live music (much of which is in the local pubs) and also a very competitive scarecrow competition.
For full details (and some great pics) visit the website.
Visiting the old mining structures;
- Head towards the Gunnislake Cricket Ground, but follow the footpath (ive only encountered two people ever on the footpath) this path follows the Tamar upstream. After a mile and a half you'll be able to see old mine buildings to your right. (Next to the river) They have not been closed off, so you can get up close. Also, keep your eyes peeled on the footpath to the left of some old mining tunnels. One of which is 3/4 mile long.