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PRICE RANGE
£4 - £11
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
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FEATURES
Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
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Reviewed 18 January 2024

We only went for drinks but enjoyed the authentic atmosphere, friendly welcome and roaring log fire.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

Popped in to the Russel Inn one evening for a drink whilst on holiday in Polruan. Nice and cosy pub, good selection of beers and very friendly welcome . Would definitely go back.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023

Went in for a drink with my elderly mother and other family members to support the village pub whilst on holiday... only to turntail straight out the door! Was met with the most rude local man who made a very unkind comment about my mother...when I asked him, very politely, if he would just move his dog a little. And not one other man, there were about 10 of them, said a word to defend us 4 women... very intimidating! Not very welcoming of tourists I feel! The Lugger on the hand was very welcoming, extremely accomodating and great fun.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023

Locals trying this for the first time. Website looked good, decided to give it a go. Went inside. Waited patiently to see if they had a table. Bar staff saw we entered, only to be pushed in by another to the bar. They were served...first, clearly a regular which I get. However not going to stand and wait after clearly being ignored by bar staff. Won’t be returning. Went down to the Lugger, they made all the effort to find us a spot, we’re attentive and didn’t regret this decision at all. Sorry I wish this could have been positive experienceMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 11 June 2023 via mobile

From the start I watched the barman frequently rub his nose and then both handle glasses. When my food arrived, the condiment container was on my plate. I imagine this had been on several other surfaces throughout the day and doubt very much that it...had been sanitised before touching my food.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 22 April 2023

Good company, lovely food shame about the staff! Been coming to the Russell for years, time to give it a rest, until staffing improves, such a shame, I always used to recommend if asked, but sorry I won’t be doing that now.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 9 March 2023

Arrived in Polruan late Friday afternoon in need of food and drink. Headed into The Russell to a warm friendly greeting. Kitchen opens at 6 so we had a drink whilst waiting for our fish and chips. Fish was beautiful, flakes of fresh white fish...in a crispy batter but let down by the chips :-( which were flaccid and pale, just needed a bit longer in hotter oil which would have complemented the fish perfectly.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 8 November 2022 via mobile

Great little pub near the harbour. Relaxed atmosphere and nice, friendly staff. The real ale is top quality and there is also a decent range of wines and whiskies. Didn’t try the food, but noted that they are happy for you to buy food from...the cafe next door and eat it in the pub.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 27 October 2022 via mobile

Overpriced tasteless food, ordered pizza which had half a pound of cheese on it, with a few bits of onion chucked on. Kids had burgers which were tasteless on cheap rolls.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 23 June 2022 via mobile

Very friendly helpful and welcoming staff. Relaxed atmosphere. Basic food, I had fish and chips but tasty and good value.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 23 June 2022

One of only two drinking establishments In Polruan harbour, friendly, pool table(50p) Food available, we had a 12” meat feast pizza takeaway, £12, enjoyable.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 16 June 2022

We have a house at the top of the hill in Polruan, and visit the Russell Inn quite often. The atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming with a lovely local feel. They are always happy to do a piece of grilled fish for me so...it’s GF and it’s always fresh and tasty. Simple, fresh, tasty food. Reasonable prices, dog friendly with really lovely staff.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 12 June 2022

There are two pubs down here near the the slip with views of everything going both sides of the estuary and especially the river traffic. This place is in the narrow lane one row back but still very characterful and just moments from the water....Unassuming interior. Apparently they do food but we were here for the pints. Two or three clusters of locals noisily entertaining themselves. Much the kind of pub you’d hope to find down here.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 28 May 2022 via mobile

Loved this pub, a real local and really friendly staff. They made us feel very welcome even with a large drooly dog!😀 Food is very basic and they only serve in the evenings but will allow you to eat food on the premises from the...little cafe next door. We had a takeaway pizza which was well below average and which the bar person had to make herself leaving the bar empty.... but again, another establishment where there is staffing issues?? As a drinking pub I loved it😀More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 11 April 2022 via mobile

Nice local pub where the barman was very friendly and the locals welcoming. The pub is a small friendly local place with no frills. If you’re after a nice meal and fancy surroundings then it’s not for you, but if you’re after a beer and...some sport then it’s spot on. Almost a shame as it could be much more but equally nice to go into a proper pub that’s not trying to be anything else.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Response from Phill P | Reviewed this property |
Yes very dog friendly and there is a treats bowl behind the bar. A water bowl is always outside for passing dogs as the SW Coast Path goes past the door.
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The Russell Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4