Napoleon Inn

Cornwall - Boscastle

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: II

High Street
PL35 0BD

OS ref: SX099905

Tel: (01840) 250204



Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

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SRI. Multi-roomed, early 17th-century pub with fittings from the 1950s and not greatly changed since. The small public bar has a Delabole slate floor, slatted wooden counter, fitted seating and a stone fireplace. Similar floors and fittings are found in the other rooms – a lounge, a small room up two steps, the ‘Fun Bar’ in a (now old) extension and a dining room in what was a separate cottage.

An early 17th-century with later extensions. This multi roomed village pub appears to have fittings from the 1950s - Boscastle Manor Estate sold the freehold of the Napoleon Inn in 1946 so the changes could be shortly after that date. The main bar is the former Saloon Bar and has an old Delabole slate floor, a slatted wood counter (top may be a replacement), old fitted seating, a large old stone fireplace, also a hatch/small bar on the left of the main counter with a door for staff and with an old tongue and groove frontage. It maybe that service was from the left hand small bar and the main bar counter added post-war?

The room on a lower level was two small store rooms and a passage (confirmed by floor markings) and converted into a small lounge with a Delabole slate floor, a couple of settles and a small stone fireplace with old stove. Up two steps is a very small room with an old Delabole slate floor that was the ladies' snug with a hatch so the counter with a stone frontage is a modern replacement. Up two further steps is Boney's Bistro, originally a private living room, now a dining room with modern floor.

A passage to the right of the pub leads to 'Funs Bar' (named after Funny Phelps, a local who came here with his father in the 1950s) in an extension to the original building and is the public bar. It has a modern Delabole slate floor and a curved slatted counter. On the wall is a photo dated 1950 showing a lapped wood counter but it has 8 planks instead of the present 4 so the present counter is a replacement. The lower shelving behind the bar looks old but all the higher shelving is modern. The small stone fireplace looks to be from the 1950s but the two high backed settles are imports / modern.

Casks of St Austell beers are stillaged behind the bar - the shelving above does not look particularly old. Outside gents' and ladies' (modernised).

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