The Castle: Proper Job
You’ll often hear people in Cornwall saying “Proper Job” which loosely translated means “Ideal”. It’s a phrase in such common use that the St. Austell Brewery has even named one of its beers ‘Proper Job’
The reason I mention it here is because I reckon that The Castle is a Proper Job. It sells a good range of excellent real ales and good honest food in decent surroundings. They have live music, quiz nights and is generally a good all round local pub, even though it’s in the town centre.
It’s situated in Fore St and easy to find, so if you fancy slipping into somewhere more comfortable while everybody else is checking out the art galleries, bakers and fudge shops, then I reckon you could do a lot worse than popping into The Castle for a ‘Proper Job’.
Dress Code: Casual
- Beer Tasting
The Sloop: Haunt of Fishermen, Artists and Tourists
I’d love to know how many people have been through the doors of The Sloop. This is one of Cornwall’s best known pubs and has supposedly been here since 1312.
Situated on The Wharf right next to the harbour, it also became known as ‘The Artists Pub’ when many of the town’s artists gathered here to unwind, chew the fat, and hang their pictures on the wall - and when they ran out of money paid their bill in kind. I’ve spent far too much money in here as well over the years but unfortunately I’ve never had any paintings to sell.
The paintings aren’t here in the same way anymore, but the walls are hung with plenty of sketches of fishermen and local characters drawn by Hyman Segal. According to the local ‘St. Ives Guide’ they were commissioned by the landlord when the pub was enlarged in 1954, and have been here as long as I can remember.
I’d be lying if I said that the pub still has the character that it had in the past. Maybe it’s just me getting older and more nostalgic, but no matter what I think, the pub is still extremely popular - and it must still have something going for it because I never leave St. Ives without paying homage to this veritable institution - and I don’t intend stopping anytime soon.
- Beer Tasting
St Ives Harbour: People watching
Nightlife in St Ives for me is much about walking along the harbour, looking at how the light changes and how people start coming out to dine after a day on the beach and all of a sudden there are loads of people chatting and enjoying their holidays. I have been told it gets a bit madder on New Year's Eve down here though :)))
For those in need of greater amusements at night, I believe there are a couple of clubs further up the High Street but St Ives is more of a general feeling of fun than a clubbing kind of place. A lot of people rent apartments, surf all day and then enjoy their own company and some beer in on the balconies in the evening...
- Family Travel
- Casino and Gambling
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Hub: Waterfront bar
The Hub bar is a modern style bar on the waterfront. Living near Brighton, this is the sort of place I'm used to, but, given the young summer population, this sort of place is quite unusual in St Ives.
It's open all day, for coffee, cakes and tapas as well as the bar.
At ground level it's open at the front, so you have an outside view of the Harbour across the road, which is pleasant as long as you can ignore the constant stream of traffic.
- Women's Travel
- Work Abroad
Castle Inn: Good pub in the town centre
Good straightforward pub in the centre of St Ives. I was impressed by the friendly efficient bar staff.
Sorry, I can't give you details of their real ales as I'm a lager drinker!
They also do food, although we didn't eat there.
No children allowed after 7pm.
Unfortunately, as is the case with most of St Ives, there is no outside seating area.
- Beer Tasting
- Work Abroad
Isobar: Oh my your a big boy!
Went in here after being told it was the only place to get a late drink in St Ives / Nightclub. Now i have to say i am not normally intimidated but the doorman on this club were the biggest i have ever seen in my life one was about 6'6 and about 25 stone and the other and i am not kidding you must have stood 7' tall and i thought crikey i'm in St Ives not East End London whats going on here has the circus arrived.and The door policy was extremly strict - even to the extent of going through your wallets on the door - luckily once inside is was very nicely laid out good music and an overall decent club but to be honest you could see every eye in the place piercing in the back of our heads as the locals knew we were out of town but to be honest they were friendly enough and quiet harmless
Dress Code: Smart - just dont go too scruffy as the Gorillas ahem i mean doormen wont let you in
The Sloop Inn: A trip back in time!
One of Cornwall's oldest and most famous Inns, favourite haunt of locals, fishermen, artists and tourists all year round. Believed to date from about 1312 A.D., the Sloop Inn is situated right on the harbour front at St Ives with only a cobbled forecourt and road separating it from the sea. all i will say if you have a bit to drink then watch your head when you go out as the doorway is a bit low.
Also does great food as well !!!!
Dress Code: casual