Fountain Inn3 Cliff Street
Friendly, two-bar 15th-century inn with slate floors, stone walls, historic photographs of the town, and very low beams - the tunnel leading to the side door is particularly low. The genuine Cornish landlord - St Austell Brewery's longest-serving - was a local fisherman, and has run the pub for many years. The Smugglers' Bar still features signs of the pilchard press which was once housed here; a glass plate in the floor covers the pit where the fish oil was caught (and which doubled as a store for contraband). The meat was compressed and fed to Nelson's navy. Accommodation is in 3 letting rooms, of which 2 are ensuite. Regular buses run to St. Austell.