We had to visit the Blue Anchor on our Cornish trip due to MadMitchy’s strong recommendation. The pub is located in the middle of the main street in Helston. If you are looking for parking head further up the hill and there is a small pay and display carpark on your left. When you enter the brewpub you are transported to a bygone era… inside is a multi-room warren of a place with plenty of nooks and crannies. Old wooden furniture, stone floors and open fires a plenty. We opted for our own private room given the bar area was pretty rammed full of locals. They had 5 house beers on cask and a small range of bottles, which are also available for take-away. The cask ales were traditional, interesting and rather complex. They definitely have their own distinct character. Got nice and boosted up here, so the lady friend had to drive me back. Perhaps next time I will stay in Helston and put in a full session here! A great place.
An utter delight this place. A terraced thatched pub in the midst of the fading grandeur that is Helston. As soon as you walk in this place you are transported back to days of yore. From the low ceilings and worn floors, to the beams, the numerous drinking rooms and the fireplace. The ambience is much the same. Old fashioned friendly service from the staff and friendly banter from the locals. The beers are brewed out back in an ancient brewhouse and in their words ’old school’. They are actually pretty good, I liked their drinkability and complexity, the latter of which I’m sure is due to the old brewkit allowing random elements of interaction. This is how it should be, not the eggy farts of Harveys! If you are driving (as I was) you can purchase most of their beers to take away in bottles. I was very sorry to leave here, could have stayed all day.
A delight! The Blue Anchor is thatched and, were it not tucked in between shops and houses on Helston’s sloping main street, it wouldn’t look out of place on a country lane. Step inside and back in time. The central corridor seems to be an alleyway that’s been covered over, with outhouses turned into cosy little snugs on one side and the bar, straddling two rooms, on the other. We sat in the back bar which has a flagstone floor, a huge sit-in stone fireplace and a mismatched set of furniture, including a low, spindly rocking chair.
There are seven hand pumps serving, amongst other things, the Spingo beers brewed out at the back. The brewery is up a short flight of worn stone steps and doesn’t look as if it’s changed for donkey’s years. Further back still there’s a nice beer garden where, when we visited, there was a marquee to accommodate a local beer festival.
(Visited 29 March 2012).
One of the very few places in the UK that can claim to be a part of brewing history and a mighty fine bar to boot. Fortunately it is 300 miles from London and apart from in high summer attracts more locals than visitors. The beers are brewed in tiny vessels in the outhouse, as ever, and have unique "perfect infections" much of the time. but that is part of their charm. The granite-walled pub itself is one of the most memorable in the UK. You can stay in a pub-owned B&B place next door.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 12, 2011
Really like the Blue Anchor. It reminds me off Schlenkerla, or U Fleku. Its damp, it smells funny, and it’s full of old people. The brewery looks like a janitor’s closet. The beer is more drinkable than it deserves to be - I don’t even like the Middle but I kept ordering it anyway. I love this place.
Unspoilt is the key word to this marvellous place. Lots of different small rooms, a mini maze. When I visited the Helstonbury music festival was arranged in the back garden, live modern music while drinking some of the oldest beer in Britain, not bad for a late afternoon.
A place to savor and return to again and again. Remarkably unspoiled indeed. Medieval inn atmosphere with uneven stone walls. Cozy nooks with something for everyone. Crusty locals. Fireplace in winter. The beer is best described by a quote I heard by a local, "People love the Spingo beers but no one can quite explain why."
This brewpub is a complete unspoilt gem. I visited in early September 2006 following recommendations from friends, this site and the Good Beer Guide.
This is a centuries-old sprawling low-ceilinged pub and home of the Blue Anchor Brewery. Staff and locals afforded me the warmest of welcomes, and conversation was struck up within literally seconds of arrival. I wish to thank Tom, the barman of 29 years, for showing me around the brewery and allowing me to take the photographs.
The pub is divided up into several small rooms with a covered alleyway separating the two main structures of the building. There is a rear bar behind the main pub hosting live music, and a beer garden that accommodated the beer festival that I was lucky enough to attend. I only tried one beer from the festival (Ales of Scilly "SCUPPERED") as I was there to taste the Spingo ales of which I had three:
Jubilee IPA, 4.6%. Refreshing, quite malty ale.
Spingo Middle, 5%. The best beer all night. Very fruity start with a nutty taste following, and a lusciously dry, peppery finish.
Spingo Bragget, 6.1%. An apple-and-honey ale brewed from a centuries-old recipe, tasting more like a cider than a beer. The brew was too sweet for my liking but it has to be experienced.
Apart from the live music at the back the only sound you will here elsewhere in the pub is lively, hearty conversation - with one exception: A good quality piano is situated in the front room. I was invited to play and nearly missed the bus back to Penzance!
I wish to thank the locals, especially those of the cricket team (Tim, Nathan, Petebutignorehim and the lovely American lady whose name escapes me at the time of this posting).
The pub simply must be visited. I will be back!
lada66 (134) Savonlinna, Finland | August 1, 2007| Updated September 12, 2008
A very nice place but the landlord had a bad day and the service wasn´t very friendly. Maybe Wednesday afternoon isn´t the best day to have some real ales and good service. Or maybe they don´t like tourists ? (7.6.2006).