The Finnygook


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.


About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 19 years ago with my partner and son. Five years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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3 Responses to The Finnygook

  1. Pingback: The Gook | seafieldview

  2. Zandra says:

    ……try The Blue Plate in Downderry…essential to book. Or, if you fancy lunch or a nice cream tea…the best scones in my view for miles…tryThe Canteen @ Maker, spectacular views. Just had a fab weekend eating our way around the Peninsular…never want to be any where else.

    • Ruth says:

      thanks Zandra I’ve heard the Blue Plate is excellent and chalet guests two weeks ago recommended the Maker Canteen. We will be trying both, thanks for the recommendations.

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