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Serving pirates, smugglers and rum
since 1695

Welcome aboard
the world famous
Admiral Benbow pub

The World Famous Admiral Benbow in Penzance, Cornwall houses a fascinating collection of wreckage and maritime artefacts rescued from numerous shipwrecked vessels which foundered on the Cornish coast during the last 400 years. Many of its treasures are incorporated into the fabric of the building. The Captain’s Cabin restaurant is an fascinating recreation of a deck from a period ship with its fine stern plate from a Portuguese Man O’ War. The Lady Hamilton lounge is home to a magnificent cannon and several rescued ships figureheads. The upstairs bars have extensive views over Penzance harbour towards St Michael’s Mount.

One of the oldest drinking houses in Penzance, The Admiral Benbow has been around since the 17th Century. Legend has it Robert Louis Stevenson visited Penzance in 1880 afer travelling in America. He had formulated an idea  for a book he wanted to call Treasure Island but had yet to settle on the starting point for the story. A visit to the Benbow, which was at that time an illegal drinking den and home to numerous smugglers, is said to have inspired him further and as a nod to the pub, he included the name in his story, Treasure Island which first appeared in 1881. The pub has been popular with more recent folk, playing host to  many famous visitors, including Gregory Peck, the Rolling Stones and recently, celebrity chef Rick Stein who filmed a segment for his TV series on Cornwall here.

Today The Admiral Benbow serves a variety of beers, wines and spirits including an excellent selection of Cornish ales and fine wines from across the world.

The restaurant has a full menu offering a variety of dishes including local seafood. Vegetarian diners are well catered for. Daily specials are available.

Small Plates

  • FResh Fowey Mussels ~ in white wine and cream sauce (starter or main)  9/16
  • Fresh Rock Oysters ~ with shallot vinaigrette 3 or 6   for 8.5 or 16
  • Cornish Mackerel ~ with tart apples on a bed of leaves(gf)  8.5
  • Corsican Charcuterie ~ Saucisson, Lonzu Coppa and 18mth aged ham with sourdough and cornichons 9
  • Home made soup (v)  6
  • Garlic Mushrooms & Poached Egg ~ Toasted Da Bara sourdough (v) 8
  • Greek Salad ~ Feta cheese, cucumber, black olives, bell peppers, red onion, vinaigrette (v,gf)  7.5

Bigger Plates


  • Newlyn Hake ~ with Fowey  mussels, white wine sauce, new potatoes, spinach (gf)  19
  • Large bowl of Fresh Fowey mussels ~ in white wine and cream sauce 16
  • Proper Fish & Chips ~ Battered Newlyn Haddock, Tartare sauce, minted peas  14
  • Breaded Scampi & Chips ~ Tartare sauce, minted peas  14
  • Pirate Fish Pie ~ fresh Haddock and smoked haddock, hard-boiled egg, cheese sauce, mashed potatoes 14


  • SteaK Frites, 28-day aged Bodmin raised 8oz sirloin, French fries, mixed leaves, aioli (gf) 22
  • SLow Cooked Belly of Pork – savoy cabbage & bacon, apple sauce and mash 17
  • Supreme of Chicken – cooked in garlic and parsley, cabbage, potato & bacon croquette and celeriac puree 17
  • Benbow Burger local beef, Cornish cheddar, tomato, red onion, lettuce, pickle, ciabatta roll, French fries  12
  • Beetroot Risotto with goats cheese and rocket (v, gf) 14

And on the Side

  • Fat Chips (vg,gf) 3
  • French Fries (vg,gf) 3
  • Mashed Potatoes (v) 3
  • Steamed Spinach (v,gf) 3
  • Mushrooms (v, gf) 3
  • Mixed Salad (vg,gf) 3
  • Cauliflower Cheese (v) 3
  • daBara Sourdough bread and butter 2

Perfect Penzance Pirate Pizzas

  • mARRrgherita ~ Tomato, mozzarella and oregano (v)  8.50
  • OG mARRgherita ~ Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato, fresh Basil (v) 9.5
  • Funghi ~ Fresh mushrooms, tomato, mozzarella, truffle oil (v)  9
  • Diavolo ~ Pepperoni, tomato and mozzarella  10
  • Napoli ~ Anchovies, black olives, tomato and mozzarella  10
  • Giardiniera ~ Buffalo mozzarella, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, red onion (v)  10
  • The Piggly Wiggly ~ Italian Sausage, Ham, Bacon, Mozzarella, Fresh rocket and BBQ pizza Sauce  12
  • The Captain ~ Buffalo Mozzarella, Ham, fresh mushroom, Artichoke Hearts  12
  • Bianchi (no tomato) ~ Mozzarella, Parmiggiano Reggiano, fresh Rosemary  9

Extras – add your own

  • Red Onion, Fresh Peppers, Mushroom, Fresh Rocket, Spinach, Black Olives, Red Chillies
    At 0.80 each
  • Ham, Bacon, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Artichoke Hearts, anchovies, extra mozzarella At  1 each
  • Extra Buffalo Mozzarella At  1.20
  • gARRRRlic Bread Pizza (add cheese for 1)

(v) vegetarian (vg) vegan (gf) gluten free
Many of the vegetarian dishes above can be specially adapted for vegans, please ask your server.

Allergies: Please check with us if you have any allergies or intolerances.
All our dishes are prepared in a kitchen that contains nuts and other allergens. Gluten free menu available on request.

Summer Opening ARRRRS

Mondays –     Closed,- sorry.

Tuesday       grog  17:00 -23:00 grub 18:00- 21:30

Wednesday   grog 17:00 – 23:00  grub 18:00- 21:30

Thursday.    grog 12:00 – 23:00  grub 18:00- 21:30

Friday.        grog 12:00 – 23:00  Grub 18:00- 21:30

Saturday     grog 12:00 – 23:00  Grub 12:00 14:30 and 18:00- 21:30

Sunday       grog 12:00 – 23:00  Grub 12:00- 19:00

Book a Table

We are now taking deposits of £5 per person. The deposit is credited to your bill on arrival.

for parties of up to 9 people please use the app above, for parties of 10 or more email us.

The deposit is refundable up to 24hrs before the reservation.


DOGS Welcome !!

We love Dogs ! Big ones, little ones, furry ones, shy ones, well mannered ones. All we ever ask is that all dogs keep a human on a lead at all times to make sure they behave!

Ask at the bar about treats!


Draught Beers and Ciders

Treens Essential, Treens CLassic, St Austell Proper Job, Budweiser Budvar,  Spaten Helles Lager, Erdinger Weisbier, Hoegaarden, Rattler, Devon Red, Guinness

bottled beers

Chimay, Früh Kölsch, Sierra Nevada, Proper Job, Big Job, Corona, Erdinger alc. free, Crabbies ginger beer.

bottled ciders

Pulpt Flare and Level, Sandford Orchards Fannys Bramble and Devon Mist, Old Mout Cider 0%alc,


Including… Dr squid Ink, CAspyns Dry, Tarquins Blue, Tarquins BLood Orange,, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Plymouth, Monkey 57, Hendricks, Sipsmith, Portobello, Slingsby


Skipper, Mount Gay BLack Barrel, Mt Gay 1702, Diplomatico, Zacapa SOlera 23, Zacapa Centenario, Goslings BLack Seal, Kraken, Havana Club 3YO Havana CLub 7 YO, Wray & Nephew overproof, Pussers, Rumbullion and Captain Morgan SPiced, Captain Morgan Dark


Hell’s Stone, Caol Ila 12 YO, Auchentoshan, Lagavulin 16 YO, GLen Moray, Cragganmore 12 YO, Famous Grouse, Jameson, Jack Daniels, Gentleman Jack, Jim Beam, Makers Mark


Absolut, Belvedere, Grey Goose, F*ck Putin Cornish vodka, Tom of Finland


a wide selection of liqueurs!
and an extensive wine list from around the world!

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