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“Promises a lot, delivers nothing. Literally nothing even after an hour of waiting.”
Review of Admiral Benbow

Admiral Benbow
Ranked #6 of 181 Restaurants in Penzance
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$20
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Promises a lot, delivers nothing. Literally nothing even after an hour of waiting.”
Reviewed 18 October 2010

Local character, good "old english pub" looks don't make up for sloppy staffing and extraordinarily slow food. For a quiet Monday evening on October and a table for one I was surprised that after an hour in the pub, and a polite word with the lady behind the bar, that I was then informed that the chef wad on his first night and thing were a bit slow. Seafood spahetti ... I think the pasta had been sitting in a pan for half an hour, and was more like mush that comes from a tin. In actual fact the seafood was very fresh, but the combination was so disappointing after a 70 minute wait that I can't recommend it at all. Probably fine on a summer afternoon when you're happy to have some beers in the garden, not on a quiet evening in October, and certainly not if you want your food to arrive within the hour. Front of house did nothing except blame the chef. It's a shame that on such an important night for the new chef they did nothing to help or cope with the delays. The chef's food is fine and with a bit more support could be very good. Shame the staff don't care either way.

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3 Thank Deazley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“Excellent Sunday Lunch”
Reviewed 19 September 2010

We stumbled upon the Benbow whilst wandering around Penzance and decided to go in for Sunday Lunch. I have to say this was probably the best Sunday lunch i have ever had anywhere and certainly very good value for money! The waitress and another lady were extremely friendly to us both and we made a point of returning for a pint the following day because of the friendliness!

The pub itself is amazing too and we both loved it

The only downside which isn't really a criticism at all is that the barman was a little offish in comparison to the other staff

If you are going to Penzance i would definitely try the Sunday lunch

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“Really poor, rude head waitress, rest of staff nice, food ok...”
Reviewed 28 August 2010

After going to this pub many times in the last twenty five years I can honestly say this trip to the benbow was by far the worst. Over the years the food, the staff, the place have all excelled but tonight it was dreadful. Service was unorganised chaos! Waited 75mins for our main, followed by ten min wait for a steak knife! Wrong food presented to our table, wrong drinks too. Head waitress should not be fronting the staff and the pub, very rude and full of pointless excuses when we complained. Tried to suggest that because it was the busiest weekend of the year they had a reason to be so unorganised. To be honest good management and good customer relations would avoid these complaints. A £6 discount off an £86 bill was not even worth offering. As for the food well it's ok, nothing great nothing exciting just ok. The steak sauce was basically gravy with to much salt. The fish pie was microwaved to within an inch of it's life, the fish and chips was well just fish and chips with a huge mountain of peas, chicken with med veg was ok, we had no starters or dessert and I'm glad we didn't waste our money or time. Place is always lovely except the remains of a birthday party left on our table along with several half deflated ballons tied to the light fittings. We won't return until it changes ownership.

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2 Thank Veryrednow
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“Pub nautical and quaint food rubbish”
Reviewed 5 August 2009

The Admiral Benbow is a wonderfully themed pub with lots of nautical artifacts however the food leaves alot to be desired particularly the seafood so beware.
The fish pie had no fishinit at all apart from 3 small prawns, the rest consisted of a cream slightly fishy tasted soup with piped mash on the top and at 312.25 did not represent value for money.
Our friends had catch of the day the fish has never seen the sea.
Sweets lacked imagination and were very expensive at £4.75.
The only good thing was the decor and ambience of the pub dissapoiunting gourmet experience try JD whetherspoons certainly better food and much better value for money.

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1 Thank piratejack
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“Super nice historic pub”
Reviewed 14 August 2007

This is a very nice pub serving good food. The evening I visited it (in Easter) we were warned by a waitress , that we had to wait up to half an hour to get our food.
We decided to stay of course as visiting this pub was an old dream of mine. Unfortunately we had to wait 1 hour before our (tasty) food arrived which was a dissapointment.
Nevertheless we enjoyed the evening in a heavily decorated pub with lots of charm.

Give it a try!

Oscar from Denmark :-)

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