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The Finnygook Inn

Crafthole, Torpoint, Plymouth, PL11 3BQ

01503 230338

Fish2fork Rating
1.5 Blue Fish

Last rated: 07/09/2012

What we say

The Finnygook gets a good score, but we would like sustainability and traceability to  figure larger in itspurchasing policies. We would particularly like to see more detail about the origin of the fish served and the method of catch. There is nothing wrong with admitting prawns, for example, are from the North Sea. Information is important for both customer and chef; we suggest the Finnygook also finds out more detail on behalf of the customer about where the salmon and bass are farmed. The blackboard dish of the day is normally lemon sole, monkfish, cod or pollock, but although local is good, the mantra can become overworked. Nor is it always sustainable. Nonetheless, The Finnygook is trying,  enthusiastic and has made an extremely encouraging start - it's not an easy job to balance public demand for heavily fished species such as haddock and lemon sole with environmental action, but we feel confident they are up to the task and their rating will get even better in time.

What they say

Our menu has major changes monthly and small adjustments every day; it features loads of local and seasonal produce. We just love giving you good honest food as freshly as we can possibly manage.

About The Finnygook Inn

The name is as delightful as the place. Beamed and white-washed with a real log fire and glorious views across the Lynher and Tamar rivers, it’s everyone’s dream of a favourite country pub-with-rooms. There are no pool tables or fruit machines, simply beer, food, a laid-back atmosphere and a few ghostly tall tales.

The menu is designed to suit appetites sharpened by beach walks and golf rounds. Pub classics include local pork sausages, mustard mash, black pudding and red onion marmalade and wholetail scampi and fries. For starters there’s smoked mackerel pate (£4.95), and a welcome sighting of a Scotch egg with piccalilli.

Consult the blackboard for the ‘catch of the day’ or go for the local Cornish scallop salad (£14.50), grilled whole lemon sole or chicken Madras curry (£11.95). The Seafood Plate includes Brixham crab, smoked salmon, prawns, crayfish and cockles (£12.50).

With Sunday roasts, sandwiches and baguettes, light lunch menus, smaller portions for children and well-behaved dogs (not on the menu, but welcome in the bar), you’re likely to come away from The Finnygook with a little more weight on the hips than the scary skeleton on the swinging pub sign.