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Take a passage to the finest fare

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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THE FERRYBOAT Inn dates back 300 years and is situated in the North Helford Passage on the waterfront. Surrounded by wooded banks and sloping fields, this is one of Cornwall's most breathtaking locations. Frenchman's Creek – the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's novel is to be found close by.

The south-facing terrace affords some of the best views in the South West and offers plenty of beach-side seating for long sunny days and warm evenings. In winter, you can make yourself at home in the main bar in front of our open fire, or relax with the papers on our comfy sofa.

Eating and drinking is central to The Ferryboat Inn, where we serve Wright Brothers' seafood specialities alongside home-made pub classics. We have a 'farm to plate' philosophy meaning we want little or nothing to come between you and the produce we serve.

Many of our oysters and shellfish are grown and harvested at the historic Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm (a short boat-ride up-river from the pub), and our fish, crabs and lobsters come from local day boats. The kitchen is in the charge of Ben Lightfoot, formerly of The Sticky Prawn on Flushing Quay, and his menu is about locally sourced food, served simply. Recently updated, The Ferryboat Inn's original features have been given a new lease of life.

Our main bar, with its unrivalled view of the river, large French windows, slate floor, wooden beams and open fireplace has a family bustling, lively atmosphere.

The pub is a wonderful base for walkers, sailors or stop-off for visitors to Trebah Gardens (½ mile), Glendurgan garden (¾ mile) and the numerous coastal walks and boat-trips around Mawnan Smith, Durgan and the Helford Estuary. Extensive car parking facilities are available and children and dogs are more than welcome at any time.

The Ferryboat Inn sponsors the Helford Marine Conservation which helps protect and enhance the rich and varied marine life of the Helford River, promoting the sustainable use of this sensitive area.

The Ferryboat Inn, Helford Passage, Falmouth, TR11 5LB, 01326 250625; www.ferryboatinnhelford.com

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