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Full Postal AddressOld Ale House, 7 Quay Street, TRURO, TR1 2HD [Map]
Telephone Number01872 271122Pub's Own Website  
Opening Times11-23 MO-TH; 11-00 FR-SA; 12-23 SU
FacilitiesEvening Meals, Lunchtime Meals, Rail Station Near Pub

A friend Martin and me outside the
Old Ale House, August 1995

An impressive range of beers are available in this very popular pub including brews from the local Skinners brewery, brewed but a few hundred yards away. Many of the ales are served on hand pump while the remainder are served straight from casks racked up behind the bar. A very mixed clientele visit this pub from office workers to tourists and even the odd pub reviewer. Good quality and excellent value food is available at lunchtime and during the early evening (not Sat or Sun) cooked in a little kitchen area in full view of the bar. Some of the meals such as the five spice chicken are cooked on a skillet and are well worth trying.

There's newspapers available to read and lots of bits and bobs on the walls to look at if you're bored. If you like live music they often stage live music. It's a very handy pub to pop into before an evening's entertainment at the Hall for Cornwall which is just around the corner and its also just a stonesthrow from the bus station. For the sports fan, there's table football upstairs. They do allow children, but not near the bar. All in all, a great place to pop into for a great pint, a bite to eat and a good chat. In fact, it's a classic and well worth a look if you're in the area.

AJ tucking into a tasty dinner cooked in a skillet, March 2005

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D Du Maurier, 2006
This is Daphne du Maurier's classic tale of deception, read by Samantha Bond. Mary Yellan, recently orphaned, goes to live with her aunt at Jamaica Inn - stark and forbidding and standing alone on Bodmin Moor, its very walls tainted with corruption.

AA Pub Walks and Cycle Rides: Devon & Cornwall,
AA Publishing, 2005
This guide includes 25 walks and 15 cycle rides with colour photographs throughout showing sites, views and pubs along the route. A full colour map accompanies each walk and cycle and there is practical information such as distance, minimum time and level of difficulty to make sure you make the most of your family day out.

Country Pubs & Inns of Cornwall,
P Long, 2005
This guide will provide readers with the most comprehensive choice of pubs and inns situated in the countryside of Cornwall.<br />In addition to the name, address and telephone number, many entries will provide details of real ales, food, accommodation and facilities such as opening times, entertainment, parking, gardens and children's play areas as well as directions on how to get there.

Pub Walks for Motorists: Devon and Cornwall,
M Bennie, 2005
Forty circular walks covering the two counties, each based on a good local pub. Includes routes around Parracombe, Kentisbeare, and Postbridge in Devon; and Pentewan, Lamorna and Port Isaac in Cornwall.

Pub Walks Along the Cornwall Coast Path,
E Smith, 2004
A collection of 20 circular walks, based on the Cornwall Coast Path, stretching from Port Isaac via Land's End and the Lizard to Cremyll, near Plymouth.

Pub Walks in SW Cornwall,
T & D Rowe, 2001
30 short circular walks based on good local pubs.

The Hidden Inns of the West Country,
J Billing & R Peace, 2000
The first in the Hidden Inns series, this guide contains 10 chapters giving historical facts, important landmarks and places to visit. A full page is devoted to each pub or inn.

Short Walks from Cornish Pubs,
E Smith, 1995
Twenty short circular walks based on inns in Cornwall. They are evenly spread between Bude and Fowey and between Seaton and Land's End. Sketch maps and photographs.

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