We have friends arriving this week for a break in the chalet and we are pondering where to take them for an evening meal. Along the coast road in the next village of Crafthole is a pub called The Finnygook. It has a dining room with views across the Cornish fields and Estuary to the urban sprawl of Plymouth beyond, which when dark becomes a patch of twinkling lights. The pub gets its name from an eighteenth century smuggler called Silas Finney who, at odds with his fellow smugglers, revealed the location of a landing to the Excise men, which happened to be Whitsand Bay. The smugglers were packed off to Botany Bay in Australia and one night Silas came to a grizzly end on the road between Crafthole and Portwrinkle. They say his ghost (gook) can sometimes be seen and some local families will not walk down that path after dark.
They have a good kitchen with specials like glazed duck breast and pan fried scallops or comfort food like local sausages, bubble and squeak, onion and red wine gravy. I reckon this will be our first port of call, you can’t beat an old Cornish smuggling story for a night out in November.