The West Briton ~ 3rd January 2011
A mystery diner who turned up to sample the fare served at Helford Passage’s Ferryboat Inn turned out to be exactly that, a mystery. So much so, in fact, that the staff at the classy pub/restaurant did not even know they had been nominated for an award. When they subsquently won it, manager, Chloe Birch said: ” We were shocked, but it came as a pleasant suprise”. The Ferryboat won one of 17 awards handed out by the St. Austell brewery in it’s Tribute Estate awards, this year held in Newquay. More than 270 managers, tenants and staff from the brewery’s 174 pubs and hotels across the South West attended the gala dinner and awards ceremony. Among the prizes was the award for Catering Excellence Business of the Year (tenancy) and it was this that Ms Birch picked up on behalf of her team at the Ferryboat. There had been eight finalists in the catagory. But the brewery was clearly as impressed as it’s judge must have been as it pointed out that the overall standard of food in the Ferryboat’s catagory was “excellent”. Now the business is hoping to “do the double”, as the Ferryboat team are also finalists in the Cornish Challenge.
The Telegraph ~ 3rd July 2010
“The Ferryboat Inn’s south-facing terrace has quintessentially Cornish views, yet there’s an air of metropolitan sophistication…This is a pub with table service and mellow grooves wafting on the breeze…I think I’ve died and gone to Cornwall.”
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“On a summer’s day there is nowhere quite like the ferryboat, with its stunning views of the Helford River, its cast of local characters and great food. But it’s equally worth a visit out of season - greeted by the sweet smell of freshly chopped logs in the entrance, we dived out of a freezing, blustery and very dark February night into the warmth of a table next to the pub’s raging fire. The Ferryboat is owned by the renowned oyster merchants and proprietors of the award-winning London based Oyster & Porter House.. having succeeded in regenerating the heritage Duchy of Cornwall oysterage at Helford they felt the pub would be the perfect place to showcase their ‘farm to plate’ philosophy.”
“The Wright Brothers, whose Oyster and Porter House is a firm favourite with the foodies who flock to London’s Borough market, have brought their winning ways with British seafood to picteresque West Cornwall. Take a seat at the oyster bar for half a dozen fresh-as-a-daisy Helford natives that are farmed only yards from the Inn. In the main restaurant, award winning chef Ben Lightfoot might be cooking up a bowl of steamed mussels from nearby Fowey with some white wine, garlic and parsley, or preparing a slow cooked leg of Cornish duck with braised lentils and roast beets.”
“Arrive by ferry if you want to get into the swing of things at this renowned nautical watering hold..the interior boasts an open granite fireplace, beams and a slate floor, with the old food servery now doing duty as an oyster bar. Bivalves from the Duchy Oyster farm on the Helford River are star turns, salmon is kiln-smoked on the premises, and fish from the day boats finds its way into pies and eclectic dishes such as crispy mackeral with Thai vegetable and peanut salad. St Austell ales and quaffable wins complete the package.”
“Tucked away at the end of one of Cornwall’s most beautiful villages, the ferryboat has a couple of terraces leading down to the beach for a peaceful lunch in the sun. It sometimes has barbecues and live music, and you can opt for local seafood or just a basic ploughman’s. Dogs are welcome.”
I first visted this place 12 years ago, and my husband and I loved it then. It is in the most beautiful setting. We said then that we would have to go back and this summer we did! We walked to the pub from Mawnan Smith along the coast which in inself is a lovely walk. We stopped for some refreshment and lunch at the pub. We sat outside to enjoy the wonderfull view over the estuary. My son and I had some lovely mussels and my husband had a selection of seafood which was extreamly fresh. We love it!
After a walk along the coast, we decided on lunch at the Ferry Boat. On the day we were there, the waitress (Alice) was fantastic - literally running from table to table and into the kitchen. The food was excellent. We all ate fish. I had a spicy crab soup to start. We also liked the ambience of the place.
Went there over easter with the kids and the wife. We came from Truro last year and loved the changes the new owners had made. So decided to come back only to find the place had got even better. We had great weather and sat outside. Food was OUTSTANDING and they seem to have decided to adopt more pubby dishes too. Kids had the children’s menu.. This is has got to be one of the best places in SW Cornwall.. AN ABSOLUTE WINNER!
The Ferryboat never disappoints - espeically on a sunny day. Whether it is to have a coffee or a full meal, sitting out on the terrace with the view of the beautiful Helford river right in front of you is always an enjoyable experience - and one which we look forward to whenever we visit the area.It is an extremely popular inn which means that if you choose to visit at lunchtime - especially at the weekend - you will find it is very busy and there may not be any tables left outside.The food is excellent - much of it local - and there is a daily specials board to add to the fairly substantial menu. The staff are all really friendly and even if you have to wait a while for service you know you have not been forgotten! During the summer months, when the ferry is running, we always choose to park at Helford on the opposite side of the river - and then travel over on the ferry which adds a bit of extra fun to our visit.