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A Winning Combination – Cornwall Living

A winning combination – Cornwall Living

Discover the Victoria Inn, a 12th century pub nestled in the lovely village of Perranuthnoe.

Located in Mount’s Bay between Penzance and Cudden Point, Perranuthnoe is host to one of the oldest pubs in Cornwall, the Victoria Inn. Just a short walk from the beach, the award-winning Victoria Inn is a beautiful pub run by husband and wife team, Nik and Laura Boyle.

Combining a wonderfully traditional cosy pub atmosphere with a contemporary restaurant and a menu that appeals to all, this hidden gem has found itself a favourite of locals and visitors alike, and whether you want an unfussy fish and chips or perhaps a more elegant dish of shellfish bisque with oyster leaf and samphire, there is something for everyone.

“We take a simple approach, one that is all about the customer”, says owner and Head Chef Nik Boyle, and it shows. Having taken over the premises in 2015, Nik and Laura have retained the core of what the pub always was: a warm and welcoming family business that serves good food, and combined with their ethos of simple flavours and fresh local ingredients the result is, as written by the Food Insider’s Guide, “a winning combination”.

Reviewed in the Saturday Times as the “best pub food ever eaten”, a sentiment shared by local journalist Lee Trewhela, the Victoria Inn has amassed an impressive list of top reviews and accolades in the short time since Cornish-boy-returned-home Nikolaus Boyle and wife Laura took over.

Listed in the Trencherman’s guide, and given a 4 out of 5 in the Harden’s Guide, The Victoria Inn really is “worth driving miles for”.  It has also found itself as one of only eight pubs in Cornwall listed in the Michelin Pub Guide, as well as many other food guides in and around the country.

Perfect for long weekends away or as a stopover for those travelling on to the Scillies, the two recently refurbished B&B rooms encapsulate everything about the inn, a wonderful combination of comfort and character; the breezy seaside feel to the rooms prepares guests effortlessly for their coastal break.

Going forward, Nik aims to “establish the Victoria Inn as the dining pub in Cornwall, and to maintain consistency in both our hospitality and our food.”

In-keeping with the inn’s support for local suppliers and breweries, the Victoria Inn also prides itself on allowing young chefs to flourish. “We will continue to keep nurturing young student chefs and offering apprenticeships”, says Nik.

From staff to food, local sourcing really is the heartbeat of the pub. Speaking about a beautiful new duck dish, Nik says, “As with the bisque, everything on the plate is sourced locally. It comes from Roger Olver at Cornish Duck Company and is the most stunning duck I have ever eaten, the vegetables are all from Elaine Thomas. It is a privilege to be able to work with ingredients that have been grown and cared for by the people that then deliver them directly to your door”.  And this is reflected in the dishes, the stripped back approach of the inn doesn’t allow the ingredients anywhere to hide. Whether it is meat from Trevarthen’s or daily caught fish from the Sheila T in Porthleven, it is simply top quality produce, prepared and cooked perfectly.

“We don’t use any particularly modern cooking techniques”, says Nik, when asked about his classical-style approach. “Everything is simply cooked with care.”

It is important to remember however, that the Victoria Inn is still a pub, and the same approach is taken with the beer. “There are always at least five local beers available, it is important to support local suppliers, we support one another, it doesn’t make any sense to buy nationally when the products that are right on our doorstep are so good.”

The Victoria Inn has both a bar and a restaurant area, allowing you to choose whether you want to dine in the more traditional pub atmosphere or in the newly refurbished restaurant. It also has a beautiful south-facing garden to enjoy in those warm summer evenings, perhaps with a carefully created sharing board and a glass of wine. Just don’t forget to ask about the homemade bread!

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