The Pandora Inn: a Cornish treasure

A white thatched cottage in a rural location called the Pandora Inn.

Nestled by the water’s edge at Restronguet Creek, the Pandora Inn is one of Cornwall’s best loved pubs.


Parts of the inn date back to the 13th century – with its low-beamed ceilings and flagstone floors, when you walk in, it’s almost like walking back in time.

The Pandora was ravaged by fire in March 2011. After months of hard work, it’s been lovingly restored to rise like a phoenix from the ashes. While little has changed on the ground floor, the first floor has been transformed into a beautiful dining room with high vaulted beams made using traditionally pegged green oak. It positively oozes atmosphere, and is ideal for an intimate romantic dinner for two or a large group celebration.

They serve food all day, and there’s a varied menu plus several daily specials. Chef Tom Milby uses locally sourced produce from Cornish farmers and fishermen wherever possible. Naturally seafood is big on the menu. There’s also a range of light bites and a kids’ menu on offer. Or if you prefer, pop in for a delicious Cornish cream tea – served every afternoon.


In the summer, the pontoon is a lovely place to sit and soak up the atmosphere and the sun’s rays over a Cornish ale or a glass of crisp white wine.

There’s always something happening on the water to draw your attention and it would be easy to while away an afternoon or an evening here watching the world go by.

There are some nice walks around the area, which are perfect for walking off your lunch – or working up an appetite for dinner.

Top tip: If you’re planning on parking at the Pandora, get there early as the car park is small and it can be difficult to find a space. Otherwise, park in nearby Mylor Bridge and walk down to the inn, or if you prefer, arrive in style by Aqua Cab from Penryn or Falmouth.

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