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The Thirsty Scholar

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, British, Pub
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18 West Street, Penryn, Falmouth TR10 8EW, England
+44 1326 372996
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Penryn, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the first time we have eaten at and reviewed The Thirsty Scholar, but when three of us visited recently we ate from the specials board. Duck breast as one of the main courses and two of us had the Loin and Belly Pork and it was delicious. The main courses were £14.95 each and worth every penny. The wine... More 

Thank brianreeman2016
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a drink whilst in penryn. Lovely ambience & nicely decorated but the woman serving behind the bar was very rude. No please or thank yous, it was like she couldn't be bothered. Would not return because of this service.

Thank emmajyt
Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

we arrived late and had a lovely meal of anitpasto etc which was well cooked and very tasty. good service too

Thank sueemj
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Went along on my own whilst on a business trip after having read the reviews on this site. Nice welcome, the beer was well kept and fresh. The pub looked nice but needs a bit of investment to make it look just right. Food was OK, Smallest piece of fish I've ever had, surprising when you can see a fishing... More 

Thank Pepelepugh
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Handy location because there is nowhere similar in the vicinity. Nonetheless this did not detract from the quality and range of food available which makes it ideal for many different tastes. Local beers and ciders available. Can get a little crowded, maybe worth booking in advance.

Thank seenthere
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

I hadn't been here for 2 years (am local) but popped along for a relaxing drink & some food.Lovely glass of Merlot & pint local cider for my friend. Great seafood pasty & salad, delicious flaky pastry & veggie goats cheese salad arrangement for other half. Friendly & helpful staff as well as interesting local chatting on merits or even... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Sweetheart and I stayed Townhouse 50, but ate and drank at the Thirsty Scholar. Well kept ales on tap, white wine to delight my lady who was also enthusiastic about the menu. The weekend specials board lists plenty of sea food all locally sourced and very well cooked and presented. Discount for those staying in the pub of Townhouse 50... More 

Thank Nick P
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Ate and drank at the Thirsty Scholar for two nights. The staff were welcoming and helpful and the choice of foods was great. The ambience was comfortable and had a good cross selection of age groups.

Thank John D
Guernsey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Just stayed here for the second time in a few months and cannot recommend it highly enough. The owners and their staff are all excellent. Welcoming, polite and friendly and remembered us from a previous visit so our welcome felt especially warm. Great food in the bar, both supper and a full English breakfast and a very comfortable and clean... More 

Thank gu1111
St Albans, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Stayed at Townhouse Fifty but had my breakfast here as they have a deal. Also ate a tasty evening meal here with a nice discount. Highly recommended..!

Thank rags11riches

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 West Street, Penryn, Falmouth TR10 8EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Falmouth  >  Penryn
  • Phone Number: +44 1326 372996

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?