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“This is what Penzance and Newlyn have been waiting for”
Review of Tolcarne Inn

Tolcarne Inn
Ranked #3 of 13 Restaurants in Newlyn
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, British, Pub
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Local pub-look at Website
Angoulême, Poitou-Charentes, France
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“This is what Penzance and Newlyn have been waiting for”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We've visited the Tolcarne many times over the years , and were pleasantly surprised to hear that it was turning into a restaurant / gastro pub. Having read some of the reviews here, we were unsure what might be our experience, but a Saturday night meal with family was duly booked ( and booking was necessary - many people dropped in looking for a table but were turned away)
First impressions - the interior remains the same layout, although refreshed , with the ubiquitous mismatched chairs and tables and tasteful decor. The large table in the bay window is always superb for a group of 6+, so book early and request it. Note to the owners. The table for 4 next to the bay table is a tad too small for the 4 chairs, and the table next to it has some seriously low chairs compared to the height of the table itself, one of the downfalls of the mismatched trend, but it didn't impact the night greatly.
Glad to see they still stock local beers for a cheeky starter. The menu is on the board, as its all fresh each day ( and was wiped clean at the end of the night).
Very fish dominated, but just as it should be when you are 2 minutes from Newlyn Harbour and we were not disappointed. Perfectly cooked and seasoned scallops, super fresh mackerel fillets for starters, John Dory and cod mains were superb, and the desserts were supreme. We are not light eaters, but we had to share puddings between 2, and the panna cotta was sublime as well as generously portioned. Great wine list, including Cornish, and the serving staff were perfectly attentive. I feel sorry for the people who had a bad experience, as we have nothing but praise. Even more so when we discovered that the head chef wasn't working and these were his assistants. As my title says, this is exactly the kind of restaurant that has been missing in Penzance area for many years and they do wonderful service to super fresh and local produce. If you are worried about the prices, make some economies elsewhere and book a table here, you won't regret it

  • Visited July 2014
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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“Excellent all round”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Some of the best food I have tasted in a long time. The service was very good and we didn't have to wait long for the food to come out although it was a very busy night. The menu is limited and mostly fish, but if you love good food well cooked then this is the place for you. Booking is advised as it can get very busy. We will definitely be going back.

  • Visited July 2014
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“FABULOUS FRESH FISH”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Enjoyed an excellent lunch mid-week. Choice of 3 starters, 3 mains & some puddings. Main course restricted to fish dishes, but no problem since we knew that would be the case. The fish was fresh and cooked and seasoned to perfection - clearly a talented chef at work.

  • Visited June 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Exquisite cuisine, discreet service...”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Superb menu- the scallops & hake were to die for... Well spaced tables accommodated private conversations & the waiters were attentive without being intrusive. Well worth a visit- reservation advised!

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent fish”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This is not just a pub, this is a place to go for excellent fresh fish. Small menu, but still hard to decide as everything sounded so good . Warm welcome for us and our dog. Worth phoning ahead to book as gets very busy.

  • Visited July 2014
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