The Pub

History

The Top House Inn was originally a farmhouse until it became a hostelry, some 200 years ago.  Known by a variety of names it was formerly The Lizard Hotel and Hills Hotel. The Inn earned its current name following years of having the nickname given by locals as “The Top House” when there was another hostelry just down the road which was known as “the bottom house”!

The Inn has been at the heart of the community over the years and we been told snippets from customers of roles the Inn has played in the past including a doctor’s surgery and a post office.  With the  lifeboat station at Polpeor Cove being such a prominent part of life it is only fitting that many of our walls in the bar have photos of Lifeboat rescues and crew over the years.  If you sit at table 6 you will be seated on benches from The Wandsbeck, a German sailing ship that ran aground and was wrecked on Stag Point, The Lizard on 26 May 1900.

Recently the Inn was selected as a location of historic transport interest and was awarded a red plaque by The Transport Trust. This was in recognition of the Top House Inn being the terminus of the first railway-operated motor bus service in Great Britain when a service was introduced by the Great Western Railway on 17 August 1903.

There is also the theory that Jack the Ripper stayed here. The writer Patricia Cornwell presents the theory that Walter Sickert, a British painter, was the 19th-century serial killer known as  Jack the Ripper in her 2002 book “Portrait of a killer, Jack the Ripper – Case Closed”.  Walter Sickert stayed here at The Top House Inn and during his stay he drew pictures in the hotel visitor book which are presented in Patricia Cornwell’s book alongside comparisons of photos Jack the Ripper drew in letters to the police.

If only walls could talk ……. We would seriously love to find out more about the building’s history so do get in contact with us with details and photos if possible.

 

Opening Hours


BAR OPEN FROM 11:30AM ALL DAY, EVERY DAY
FOR FOOD SERVICE TIMES SEE OUR CURRENT MENUS
ADVANCE TABLE BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED

Contact details


The Top House Inn
The Lizard
Helston
Cornwall
TR12 7NQ
Tel: 01326 290974
E-Mail: mail@thetophouselizard.co.uk

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May Bank Holiday May 27, 2017

Bar open all day, every day with food served all day too from 11:30am. Whatever the weather, we have plenty of space both indoors and outdoors to enjoy a hot or cold drink and a bite to eat. Delicious homecooked food with a focus on fresh local produce with fish, handpicked crab, mussels and lobsters […]

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Easter Weekend April 14, 2017

All set for a busy Easter Weekend and looking forward to welcoming everyone. Our bar is open all day for hot and cold refreshments; with delicious food served all day. So if you fancy a late lunch or early dinner … no problem! There will be some fabulous local fish dish specials on the Specials […]

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Trelawny Shout – St Piran’s Day 5th March March 3, 2017

St Piran’s Day 5th March- Trelawny Shout What better way to celebrate than to take part in the collective ‘shout’ (the term for Cornish pub singing).  Mass singing of the Cornish anthem ‘Trelawny’, will be happening in many St Austell brewery pubs across the county.  We are delighted that the Cadgwith Singers will be joining […]

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Mother’s Day – Sunday 26th March

We are open all day on Mothering Sunday from midday and serving food 12p – 8pm.  We have a special roast lunch menu served from 12-3.30pm and then serving our main menu straight afterwards until 8pm. Perfect time to treat Mum to a lovely lunch out at the Inn and leave the cooking and washing […]

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Valentines Weekend Dining January 11, 2017

Book a table to treat your loved one to a romantic evening meal out at our lovely Cornish Inn. See our Special Valentines Menu 2017 available from 11th to 14th February 2017. Served evenings from 6pm. How about a lovely coastal walk afterwards? Beautiful scenery and stunning views in The Lizard. Rooms available,  see website for […]

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Christmas Party Menu October 21, 2016

Book your Christmas Party at The Top House Inn and enjoy a lovely cosy meal in our restaurant or bar beneath our twinkling fairy lights and festive garlands. With the roaring log fire, great food and top hospitality you will have a lovely meal and feel the festive cheer. Available for advance bookings between 24 […]

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Tex Mex Dining! October 14, 2016

Join us tonight Friday 14th October for the first of our Tex Mex Theme Nights! Also served on Saturay 15th October from 6pm! Book your table now! 01326 290974. Also, some dishes available from our Main Menu to select from. Bar stocked with plenty of tequila and some special bottled beers for the weekend! STARTERS […]

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What’s On October September 28, 2016

Hello Autumn! We have some great events coming up this October (click here for details) and look forward to welcoming everyone. It wont be long until we are lighting the log fire again ….. in the meantime we will enjoy the fine weather and get out picking blackberries! There’s our new Autumn Menu to tempt […]

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School’s out for Summer! July 22, 2016

Hooray! School’s out for Summer! The sun is shining as we start the summer holidays, long balmy days and nights with lots of fun. If you are in the Lizard come and see us. We are open all day with food served all day too! We have indoor and outdoor seating, a fabulous menu with […]

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Autumn and Winter Break Deals June 22, 2016

Fancy an escape to enjoy the peace and tranquility of The Lizard village and local area out of peak season? Well come and enjoy a break at The Top House Inn, selected dates from October 2016 to March 2017 we are offering half price stays for breaks of 3 nights to 7 nights.  Direct website […]

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09/20/2017 10:03

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09/12/2017 05:30

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09/03/2017 07:53

Well hello September! A great time to visit The Lizard .... warm weather, stunning scenery and… https://t.co/7FuztsXcMs
09/01/2017 07:29

After a super busy weekend here at the inn we are now looking towards the quieter autumnal… https://t.co/GEXxDZkN0O
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