Ferry Boat Inn

Gastropub, Pubs·

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Arrive by ferry if you want to get into the swing of things at this renowned nautical watering hole overlooking the Helford Passage. Following a change of ownership, the Ferryboat is now run by the husband and wife team Zander and Sarah Towill.

The revamped interior boasts an open granite fireplace, beams and a slate floor, with the old food servery now doing duty as an oyster bar. Bivalves from the Duchy Oyster Farm on the Helford River are star turns, salmon is kiln-smoked on the premises, and fish from the Cornish day boats finds its way into pies and eclectic dishes such as crispy mackerel with Thai vegetable and peanut salad.

Meat eaters and veggies also get their fill, while puds offer the likes of chocolate delice with orange compote. St Austell ales and quaffable wines complete the package.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Gastropub, Pubs
Cosy, Dark and moody, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Waterside
Special Features
Dog friendly, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating


Cornwall isn’t short of beautiful backdrops, but Ferry Boat Inn is home to perhaps on the area’s most idyllic landscapes, boasting beautiful views across the Helford Passage. Dating back 300 years, the pub sits in an unspoilt cove with direct access to the beach and water, while there are many picturesque walks to take advantage of nearby too, including the Trebah Garden.

Owned and operated by husband and wife team Zander and Sarah Towill (who first took over the reins back in 2017), The Ferry Boat Inn is a welcoming and cosy space, featuring traditional panelling and a hand crafted oak bar, while the framed photographs of vintage sailboats lining the walls are a subtle nod to the venue’s nautical history. Sun seekers will also be glad to know that Ferry Boat Inn is home to an outdoor terrace which overlooks those enviable aforementioned views, and provides plenty of opportuning for lazy lunches and long dinners on sunny days and warm evenings. During the colder months meanwhile, you can retreat inside and warm yourself up with something strong from the bar, or get cosy by the open fire.

While the location will be what first draws you to Ferry Boat Inn, you will want to stay once you discover the menu. Operating with a ‘farm to table’ philosophy, the Inn serves all of the much-loved pub classics such as fish and chips and hearty Sunday roasts, alongside some more unexpected signature dishes that are inspired by the global larder - think mackerel tacos and chicken schnitzel. There are also vegetarian and vegan options to choose from, including sourdough pizzas topped with roasted vegetables and vegan cheese.

If you were worried that food has taken precedence over Ferry Boat Inn’s pub roots, there is no need to fear because here you can be guaranteed of a ‘proper’ pint, as well as a considerable list of wines, spirits and other beverages.


Is Ferry Boat Inn dog-friendly?

Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome at Ferry Boat Inn.

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Is there parking at Ferry Boat Inn?

Yes, there is public parking available a short walk from the pub, although note that this is not free of charge.

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Does Ferry Boat Inn offer vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, Ferry Boat Inn always has at least a couple of vegetarian and vegan options on its menus.

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Helford Passage, Falmouth, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5LB

01326 250 625 01326 250 625


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-20:00
Tue 12:00-20:00
Wed 12:00-20:00
Thu 12:00-20:00
Fri 12:00-20:00
Sat 12:00-20:00
Sun 12:00-20:00


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