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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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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed again at the Thirsty Scholar and was not disappointed. Had my favourite rump steak, which again was delicious. Clean and comfortable room, with an excellent breakfast.

Thank topman345
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went just before Christmas. Food was OK. Wife liked the beetroot soup! Nothing special about the rest, but filled a hole and was reasonably priced

Thank Geoff F
Penryn, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

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
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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40 reviews
24 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 31 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

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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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
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?