The River Fal is a special sort of place. There’s so much to it’s length and breadth. It’s not just the gaping mouth at Carrick Roads, it’s creeks, inlets, marsh and wetland, a sanctuary for bird life, a rich fishing spot, a drowned valley, and home to some rather special drinking establishments. The Pandora Inn, at Mylor, being just one such place.
Perched on the edge of the shingle banks of Restronguet Creek, there’s clear views of the Carrick Roads ahead, dotted with bobbing boats, bird life and with banks lined with mature woodland and multimillion pound houses. It’s rather a sweet little spot for a pint of ale and a Sunday roast or lunchtime sandwich. You can come here on foot along the river bank, arrive by car (something we often do after a romp around Kennall Vale) or pull up in a kayak or yacht (depending on your bank balance).
The pub itself is a quintessential riverside inn – all thatched roof, thick stone walls, dark low ceilings inside, with slate floors, open fires and cute little bar nooks. The bar is dog friendly, and there’s a more formal dining area upstairs that isn’t. Benches outside overlook the creek, and a pontoon slowly bounces on the water next to a little beach at low tide.
As you might expect with such a location, the Pandora Inn is steeped in maritime history, with it’s name believed to have come from HMS Pandora that was sent to Tahiti to capture the mutineers of Captain Bligh’s Bounty. The ship was dashed on the Great Barrier Reef and it’s captain court martialled – on his return to Cornwall he bought the Inn and named it in honour of the ship.
We’ve been here for tea and cake, Sunday lunch and rather large sandwiches. It’s not the cheapest option, but the extra few quid are worth it for the scenery and ambiance alone.
The Pandora Inn
Mylor, Falmouth TR11 5ST