From junction 31 on the M5 take the A30 round Bodmin to Penzance. From the town take the B3315 to Newlyn and The Tolcarne Inn lies on the seafront.
Found overlooking the beach, The Tolcarne Inn has been battered by the winds and the sea since it was built in 1717 - or at least that is the date cut into the granite from which the whole building is constructed. Constantly under threat of flooding, one particular gale, the Great Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962, saw the boulders of the town's sea defences thrown around like pebbles and the inn's foundations open to flooding from the extremely high tide of 19 feet and 2 inches! The inn was restored and the sea wall rebuilt though unfortunately now, due to its necessary height, it does obscure the views out to sea from the inn's ground floor windows. The interior of the inn, however, shows no signs of that devastating night and it is a marvelous place of low beamed ceilings that simply oozes olde worlde charm and character.
Landlords Maura and Alan Thompson have been here since December 1999, although Maura has worked here for some time, and fortunately they have not had to contend with any trouble from the sea. They have though, in the short time that they have been here, worked hard and the reputation of the inn is climbing rapidly. With a splendid selection of drinks and cask beer at the bar to keep both locals and visitors happy, they also serve a delicious menu of tasty and tempting dishes that makes the pub so popular that booking a table in the restaurant is essential for the Sunday lunches and throughout the summer months. A true local inn, with a warm welcome to visitors, The Tolcarne Inn also shows paintings by local artists.