Napoleon InnHigh Street
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This comfortable, two-bar 16th-century inn can be found at the very top of the western side of Boscastle, set back from the main road. Surprisingly spacious inside, the two bars are set at right angles, the smaller functioning as the 'public' and hosting the dartboard, and TV for special occasions. Child and dog-friendly, the pub is simply furnished with wooden settles, tables and chairs, and the walls display old Boscastle scenes. The larger 'lounge' in fact consists of three separate drinking rooms, and an adjacent restaurant (no dogs allowed), while the decor is a mix of drinking pots and assorted bric-a-brac. Note the gravity dispense; another beer from the St Austell range appears in addition to the regular offerings but can vary, and a fourth brew may appear in summer. The beer garden is at the side in a former orchard, and a beer terrace is across the road opposite. There are singers on Tuesdays and live music Friday nights, and summer Wednesdays. The pub has a colourful history, having been a 'recruiting centre' for press gangs during the Napoleonic wars, and it enjoyed a reputation as a bawdy house. There are also ghosts said to haunt the place.