A winter treat at the Victoria Inn

village pub exterior with sign for Victoria InnWe set out down to the village for a winters night treat at The Victoria Inn last night. I’ve often booked tables for our Bed and Breakfast our guests to enjoy their Monday special of a Pie and pint for an enticing £12 each and last night the temptation was too much for us and we set out into the velvety night for Perranuthnoe.

The Victoria is a handsome old building and just cut out for the Christmas season with that special atmosphere in its ancient walls, cosy interior and inglenook fireplaces.

Beef in Ale Pie and a pint!

Oh joy we were shown to a lovely table just beside the fire on this winter’s night and as you may know I have a longing for a log burning stove if you’ve stayed with us, so I could sit and dream of what might be all evening while shedding the winter jumpers I’d piled on for the outing!

Given Charles’s love of pies our dining choice was clear and we choose two Beef in Ale Pies and two pints (I “generously gave mine to Charles so enjoyed a glass of Tempranillo instead 😉 )

Beef in Ale Pie with mashed potato and pint of Beer

We had our first surprise when our host Nick arrived with some of his delicious home made cheese and ale bread with a portion of home made marmitey duck butter accompanied by two tumbles of Gazpacho soup. He explained he had been inspired to make the butter using an intense reduction by his love of the Sunday roast dripping. And then the pies arrived!! So much bigger than they looked on our friends facebook pictures, sitting an a huge charger plate and joy of joys  they were “proper pies” with a pastry so light it crumbled, encasing an interior of melt in the mouth beef, accompanied by smooth creamy mash and red cabbage.

This pie was a joy, after the tyranny of pub pies imprisoned in a ceramic dishes that slides around the plate before revealing a too hot micro waved interior. This pie had a beautifully decorated golden pastry case that encased the pie in perfectly cooked delight from the top to the very underneath – in short it was a triumph  and  dubbed the best pie ever” by Charles and he is something of a connoisseur of pies. You know I think the moose agreed!

Great Christmas atmosphere

man at a pub table with glass of wine and christmas decotationsThere was a Christmas vibe of sparkly trees and glittering fairy lights were  complemented last night by witty mock trophy animals on the walls – we were presided over by an ironic but cheerful Moose – or it could have been a reindeer and joined on our table by a silver buck which Charles unkindly dubbed Danni ( We have a Spanish Stallion called Danni) but all in all it’s a perfect spot to get into the Christmas spirit if you’re currently sputtering over the dusty boxes of “Christmas” yet to be brought down from the loft.

Our pie and pint was a special Monday night offer at the Victoria Inn and we paid £12 each for our winters night treat. The Victoria sits in the valley below the church in Perranuthnoe about ten minutes walk across the fields from Ednovean Farm or two minutes by car.

For more info and contact visit the web site The Victoria Inn or Telephone 01736 710309

For more reviews and dining suggestions

Try my “Little Black book of great places to eat” that I made for our Bed and Breakfast guests – if your favorite isn’t in there well maybe we haven’t managed to sample it yet! To learn more about staying in Perranuthnoe follow the link below or visit our General Info page for information about our Bed and Breakfast


About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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