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“Old pub.”
Review of Minerva Inn

Minerva Inn
Ranked #8 of 190 Nightlife in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Small, unusual, very few women in on our night but no hint of misogyny. Interesting selection of beers. Bit of a crush down by the bar. Apparently there is frequent music. If back in plymouth would probably come in for that. Lowish ceiling.

5  Thank HillyCirencester
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Been in a few times. Can be OK when it's not too busy. Moderate selection of ales beers lagers and spirits. Always strikes me as being over anxious to push it's age and antecedents. I'm not sure that this place is the oldest in the town. I recently went to a talk where a local historian seemed confident that the Kings Head a few hundred metres away in Bretonside is a good deal older even if the interior was badly re-ordered some thirty years ago. The Minerva has some beams and stuff but it's in a terrace that doesn't seem that old and its interior has obviously been changed over and again. None of this matters to us as drinkers except when sometimes the pubs view of itself gets in the way.

6  Thank Terry C
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Sometimes I do. Sometimes this is a very interesting place for a couple of pints. Other times it can be packed with a fairly tight group of what seem like regulars and newcomers can be a bit out of it. Seating is limited. You generally end up standing shoulder to shoulder somewhere down near the bar. I have come I here after a film up the road or in the trail of trad puns down from a,Isley to the Barbican, I have also come in on a quiet weekday afternoon just for a quiet chat and drink with a mate. I have a broadly positive view of the place. It seems to oversell its idea of its age and traditions. But it is a bit old and it may be more like a traditional old town pub than all but a handful of others in Plymouth. If you haven't been here I strongly suggest you try it. It may appeal.

8  Thank DougalM_12
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

I regularly visit the Minerva when visiting Plymouth usually before or after watching Plymouth Argyle (the landlord is a big fan too) the place is always friendly with some colourful locals resident. It is a place of great character even after having it's famous 'autographed' low ceiling repainted a few weeks ago with fire retardent paint by order of the local fire brigade. However the signatures have just started returning again, the pub is reputedly built with ships timbers from the Armada such is it's age.
I first entered it's doors about 35 yrs ago and essentially has'nt changed much being very narrow and long, it's a tight squeeze walking past the bar to the back room and toilets. The bar has bags of character and is warm and cosy in winter especially when the log fire in the back room is blazing.
Most importantly the usual four local real ales are kept superbly with the rarity of having an excellent REAL cider selection at reasonable prices. A great Elizabethan pub don't take my word - go and visit and it is easy to find just down from Plymouth arts centre in Looe st across from the bus station.

4  Thank connosuir
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

This pub is exremely narrow and last night I counted 30 people inside along with Phil Lewis playing a guitar and singing. The pub has just been refurbished but, thankfully, there hasn't been too many changes to the style. It is rather cramped and last night it was very hot but I found the staff to be very attentive and the customers, who seemed to be mostly regulars, very friendly. The fact that it was like a sauna didn't put us off however but it may distract some people. the music by the way, was excellent.

7  Thank pjt247
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