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“Quite a challenge!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Pandora Inn

Pandora Inn
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Ranked #13 of 226 Restaurants in Falmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$28
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, View
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Stunning waterside pub with pontoon seating 150 people stretching out into the creek. Food is served every day starting with morning coffee and cake from 10.30am, our full menu from noon until 21.30 And daily specials served at lunchtime and in the evening. Four real ales, local cider, Cornish lager and extensive wine list with 17 wines available by the glass. Multi award winning pub including Visit England Tourism Pub of the Year 2015 - Bronze, Cornwall Tourism pub of the Year 2012/13,2013/14, 2015/15 - Gold , South West Tourism pub of the year 2012/13 & 2013/14, 2014/15 - Gold.
Exeter, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Quite a challenge!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Lovely position and full of charm but also very popular. First challenge is to find a parking place, there are double yellow lines for quite a way on the lane leading down to it which in any case is narrow all the way. It is a dead end so it's the car park or nothing.
Having overcome this your next challenge is to find a table. We thought we were early at 6 pm but the place was packed out. You can book a table but you've still got to park!
Having said all this the staff were friendly and working very hard. The interior has plenty of charm but with charm goes steps from one room to another and unfortunately a man tripped up on a step and fell headlong past us onto the stone floor. He said he was fine but it was a bit of a shock.
The menu was good with plenty of choice, the food was delivered promptly and with cheerfulness, it was tasty too. The puddings were imaginatively presented.

  • Visited May 2014
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travexLondon, Owner at Pandora Inn, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Thank you for reviewing us on trip advisor and for your positive comments. We are lucky to be very busy but don't have a huge car park (about 40 spaces!). The yellow lines on our access lane extend about 400 metres up the hill where the lane widens out and it is possible to park. But challenges aside we are delighted that you enjoyed the experience and pleased to read for the reviewer after you that the gentleman who fell over blamed his shoes and not the changes in level which incidentally are, as you would expect, all clearly highlighted with white tape and yellow warning signs. we are pleased you enjoyed your meals and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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Swansea
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“Pandora ’s Box”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

This was our second visit to this beautiful public house and restaurant located near Flushing in South West Cornwall. Again it didn’t disappoint. The choice of food available was enough to make you think long and hard before deciding as eveyr description left you wanting that item and then reading the next one had you changing your mind. Eventually we decided on the rather mundane fish and ships, titled: Beer-battered fish of the day; Locally caught white fish in crispy batter, served with chips, mushy peas and home-made tartar sauce. With some places the main element of the meal seems to be the secondary part. When having fish and chips at a chippie you tend to get a small fish and plenty of chips, to me that should be called chips and fish! This was different and it was certainly Fish and chips. The fish was a large piece cooked to perfection in a beer based batter. The fish simply melted as you eat it, is was boneless and fell apart as you pushed your knife or fork through it, the chips were large rough cut and did not take away from the main part of the meal and if I were to count them was around 20 in total. These were also so superb in texture, taste and freshness and were extremely tasty too. When looking over at other tables the beef-burger option that usually when I see it on a menu leaves me with thoughts of either home baked frozen options from supermarkets or others from a well known fast food variety, left me wanting to order that it looked so fantastic. I think I know what I will order next time, although on past experience it will take me a while to decide.

The location of this wonder is well off the beaten track, along a four mile single road, but when you get there it is well worth it, Along the Fal River, with a pontoon stretching into the river a thatched building that is small low ceiling with large beams is an absolute picture postcard. It just needs a bigger parking area.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Mike D
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travexLondon, Owner at Pandora Inn, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us on trip advisor and for your detailed comments which we will pass on to our team. Fish & chips is our year round best selling dish and at the Pandora, unlike many pubs, the fish really is fresh and not the frozen at sea product that most venues serve - and why wouldn't we with such an abundance of great product right on our doorstep! the same goes for the burgers you saw - definitely homemade using great Cornish beef! We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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“Excellent birthday lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Beautifully fresh fish, friendly service and really scrummy sweets!!! The wine was reasonably priced and altogether we had a lovely celebration.

  • Visited May 2014
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travexLondon, Owner at Pandora Inn, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Thanks for reviewing us on trip advisor - glad you enjoyed the visit and we hope to see you again soon.
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Devon
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“A fantastic Sunday lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

We went on a delightful walk from the car park in Mylor Bridge to the Pandora Inn. The pub is in a beautiful location and that is where it all starts! We sat outside on the pontoon with a couple of glasses of wine and then were taken upstairs where we had booked a table for two for lunch. The waiter was absolutely charming, very knowledgeable on his wines and very helpful explaining the menu. We chose the Sunday carvery. It was fabulous. Excellent value and simply delicious. Thank you - we will be back!

Visited June 2014
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travexLondon, Owner at Pandora Inn, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Thank you for reviewing us on trip advisor and it is great to read that you enjoyed the visit - the carvery is always a popular option on Sunday lunchtimes and we were recently nominated for a best Cornish roast award!
And what a great way you choose to arrive with a lovely walk around the estuary! We hope to see you again soon.
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Chipping Campden, United Kingdom
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“Good but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We visited on a chilly lunchtime and chose to sat outside overlooking the estuary.

We haven't eaten here for 10 years and as I remembered a great fish pie back then, it's what we both chose. We had a bottle of Hungarian Riesling which retrospectively was a bit of a mistake. Having said that we were able to taste some before buying the bottle so it was our fault really.

The staff were friendly enough if somewhat perfunctory.

The fish pie was served in a pot with a couple of slices of garlic bread and small fresh dressed salad. I like cheese and the top of the pie was very cheesy. I'm not sure whether the garlic bread killed my taste buds but the fish pie was good but not great. And, I guess, that sums up our experience. It was OK but I don't think we'd travel the 30 miles to repeat the experience again.

I'm sure on a lovely sunny day with the tide in and boats around the atmosphere may have changed our experience. I reckon if you are in that neck of the woods and want a pub meal by the river, it's worth punt.

  • Visited May 2014
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travexLondon, Owner at Pandora Inn, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us on trip advisor and we are pleased you found us to be good. We are sorry that the weather and tide conditions conspired against us to spoil the atmosphere for you. We are also sorry that the fish pie didn't quite do it for you most people rave over it but as you say maybe the garlic bread wasn't the best accompaniment for you. We have an amazing selection of wine at the Pandora but the one you selected after trying it is the sweetest one we do which is not everyone's taste but serves the market that want that type of wine - perhaps the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that we sell by the glass and is hugely popular would have complimented the fish better than a sweet wine?
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