Following on from the wildly successful Rising Sun Inn our Cornish pub crawl took us to The Sloop Inn, St Ives. The Sloop claims to be Cornwall’s oldest and most famous inn, dating to 1312 or thereabouts, but having booked a little late we were in a modern building to the back. This was very comfortable and there was nothing to complain about, but lacked the charm of the rooms we had at the Rising Sun.
Sitting right on the harbour makes the Sloop convenient for everything – three beaches, galleries, restaurants, shops et cetera – except parking and the mid-price contemporary British menu pub suits the place. Meanwhile, there are still signs of the pub being a favourite haunt of artists. The art exhibited on the walls here is far better than anything on show in the St Ives Society of Artists Exhibition. Having investigated further (and enthusiastically) it certainly appears to be the best pub in town, and so must be the best place to stay.
Uploaded: 23 July 2005