Throughout November, we are offering 2 main fish courses and a bottle of wine for only £40! This is proving very popular and booking is very much recommended.

Available from 5pm to 9pm every Friday in November, January & February (excluding Valentines Day).

Choose from a variety of fresh fish delivered by PJ Tonkin in Penzance and cooked by our team of skilled chefs. 


Our chefs have been creating a special menu for all you lovers out there! As Valentine's Day falls midweek, we have decided to run our special menu for 4 days!! Available from the 14th to 17th February. Each dish has been priced individually and there is something for everyone.

To view the menu, please visit the menu section on our website.

Booking is essential as these nights sell fast.

Call our team on 01872 272773 or book online.


Exclusive steat night every tuesday in November from 5pm to 9pm.

2 Steak main courses & a bottle of wine for only £40.

Once again this is proving to be very busy so booking is essential. Please quote "Steak Night" when booking. Main menu available.

Please note, the choice of meat will change on a weekly basis to add variety to the offer.


Our locally sourced breakfasts are now being served again. These are available from 9.30am to 11.30am Monday to Saturday & 9.30am to 11.00am on Sunday. Full Cornish, Vegetarian, Smashed Avocado & Granola Bowls. Menu available online.

Booking is recommended.

Nick Hemming & Celebrity Chef Jude Kereama to cook up a storm at this years Padstow Christmas Festival

Nick Hemming our chef owner will be at The Padstow Christmas Festival showcasing his passion for flavours. Join us for live cooking demos where Nick and celebrity chef Jude Kereama will whip up delicious dishes and share some cooking tips - see you there!

#PadstowChristmasFestival2023 #Sharpschefstheatre #sharpsbrewery

The Fal Oyster Festival 2022

Starting from 13th to 16th October. Please visit for more information and timings.

Award-winning Chef Nick Hemming to open Falmouth Oyster Festival 2022

Nick has recently been crowned “Licensee of the Year 2022” from the BII (British Institute of inn keeping) along with his wife Amanda.  Their riverside pub goes from strength to strength and recent awards are a testament of their success.  The couple also opened a new Farm & Coffee Shop last summer that is situated just 30 yards from The Heron Inn and overlooks the water at Malpas Marina.

Their success is down to their strong core values of developing youngsters into a career in hospitality, this includes chef apprenticeships and supervisor courses working with Truro & Penwith College. “Without the youngsters coming through into our sector, we are at risk of not having enough people to run hospitality businesses in the Southwest” says Nick.

Nick was also a finalist at the prestigious “Craft Guild of Chefs” in London this year, narrowly missing out in the best restaurant chef category.

The couple have owned The Heron Inn for over 6 years and have invested significantly in the business to help grow their customer base.  Nick develops the food side of the business while Amanda focusses on offering exceptional customer experience.  Their combined strategy is a real focus on people development.

All food is locally sourced within a 23-mile radius of the pub and all dishes are cooked fresh to order.  “Our signature dish has to be my Cornish Inspired Paella” Nick added.  You will find a great selection of seafood dishes as well as a great range of vegan and vegetarian additions to the menu.

Children from Falmouth’s five primary schools will give a song and dance performance at the opening ceremony and two children, selected from each school will sit at the Chefs Table and critique Nick’s culinary skills.

BII Licensee of the Year Award
Your Winners!!  #LOYA22


Heron Inn, Malpas: Winners of BII Licensee of the Year Award 2022

London, June // On Monday 20 June, at Sky broadcasting Headquarters, Amanda and Nick Hemming of the Heron Inn, Malpas in Cornwall, were judged victorious above six finalists for the BII Licensee of the Year 2022

Decided by three panels of industry experts and operators, the award is widely regarded as the most rigorous and hard-fought accolade for individual licensee operators in the UK and is the biggest national award for licensees to receive.

This is the fourth time that a St Austell tenanted pub has won the award in six years. Previous winners include Rob and Lucy Brewer from the Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown (2016) and Alex and Tanya Williams from the Polgooth Inn (2018). Last year, the winners were Chris and Jason Black who run four St Austell tenanted pubs -  the Pityme Inn in Rock, the Lugger Inn in Polruan, the Weavers Inn in Bodmin, and the London Inn in Padstow.

Competing with an exceptional field of over 300 entrants, Nick and Amanda had been strong competitors from the start, scoring highly across all areas including mystery customer visits, web, and social media audits, as well as their on-site judging visit from Sue Allen and Ashley McCarthy on the expert committee. Their performance on the final judging day sealed the deal for these fantastic operators who have proved they have what it takes to be the best licensees in the UK.

They picked up their winner’s trophy in front of a colleagues and industry friends at this year’s BII Summer Event, hosted on Tuesday 21 June, this year returning to the beautiful HAC Royal Artillery Gardens. Despite disruption with rail and tube strikes, the BII’s determined guests celebrated with the winners in the sunshine, showing again the resilience, comradery, and tenacity of those working in the hospitality sector.

Jim Sloan, Head of St Austell Tenanted Pubs commented:

“We are so proud of Nick and Amanda for this amazing achievement. It’s thoroughly deserved and testament to their hard work and the consistently fantastic experiences they have given their guests over the years. Four of our fantastic licensees have taken home this prestigious industry award in recent years and we could not be prouder.”

Damian Saunders, Managing Director of Sky Business said:

“A huge congratulations to Amanda and Nick for winning the Licensee of the Year Award in 2022. Sky is delighted to sponsor this award and play a part in recognising the individuals that have achieved so much in the industry, particularly after the incredible challenges they have faced over the last 2 years.”

Steve Alton, Chief Executive of the BII added:

“I’d like to offer a massive congratulations to Nick and Amanda on behalf of myself and the whole team here at the BII, including our fantastic judges. This is the most rigorous and intense competition in our industry, and to win from the largest field of nominations we have ever seen, is truly remarkable. I’d also like to congratulate our other incredible finalists, as getting to the finals of this competition is an incredible achievement. The friendships they have all formed in the last 2 days has been fantastic to see, and we will be sharing more of the best practice from all our finalists over the coming year.”

Craft Guild of Chefs Awards

Our chef owner Nick Hemming has made it to the final three chefs in this years prestige awards ceremony that is being held in London on the 9th June where the winner will be announced.

He was shortlisted this week in the Pub Restaurant Chef catagory. Nick's passion for this industry is infectious and dedicates his time in training young chefs from the county whilst utilising the local colleges.

We would like to wish Nick the very best of luck and hope he brings home the award we truly believe he deserves.

Book Now for Al Fresco Dining!

We are now taking bookings for all our outside terrace tables. These tables are situated under a new heated canopy with ambient lighting so you can enjoy the views over the river. Each table has soft furnishings and when the weather gets a little cooler, there are blankets to keep you warm.

The Nest is another dining experience at The Heron Inn. Sited under a sail canopy with ambient lighting and soft furnishing, The Nest offers the best view of the river. We can dine up to 10 guests and is available to book now. Call 01872 272773 for more information.

Now Serving Estrella Damn

Now you can enjoy a lovey cold pint of Estrella Damn whilst eating one of our signature Paella dishes. Perfectly matched with this premium Spanish beer.

A taste of the Mediterranean in Cornwall!



Wine House of the Year Award 2020

The success of The Heron Inn continues at the St Austell Brewery Annual Estate Awards that was held at The Great Western Hotel in Newquay in January 2020. The award was sponsored by Joseph Perrier Champagne and was awarded to Nick & Amanda Hemming for their fantastic wine menu. Each wine is carefully picked and matched with each dish on the menu.


It has been a busy couple of years for the team at The Heron Inn. Our own Chef/Director Nick Hemming has had three of his popular recipes included in the new cookbook "A Taste of the West Country". You will find our popular Hogs Pudding Scotch Egg using award winning hogs pudding from Kittows, Turkey Stroganoff, one of Nick's classic dishes which uses local Banbury turkey from Wadebridge and Cornish Clotted Ceam Fudge Parfait which featured on our 2019 Christmas menu. 

These books are on sale at The Heron Inn. Please ask a member of our team for more information.

Photo courtesy of A Taste of the West Country and published by We Make Magazines

Gold Award Again!

The team at The Heron Inn have won another Gold Award at the Taste of the West Awards 2023 in the Best Dining Pub Catagory.

The judges summary of their visit included "This was a memorable meal and a beautiful advernture of the taste buds! The chef/owner is very creative and clearly passionate about using only the very best ingredients with an emphasis on seasonal and local produce. We will definately be recommending this lovely inn to our friends and bring our family here, when they come and visit us"



Food Pub of the Year 2018/19

Nick & Amanda Hemming, owners of The Heron Inn scooped a top award in January at the prestigous St Austell Brewery Estate Awards Dinner for Food Pub of the Year.

Judges were impressed their approach to fresh and seasonal ingredients used on the menus with the added focus on local sourcing, sustainable fishing and chef training program at The Heron Inn.

Nick added "We were shortlisted for this award last year and knew we had to raise our standards to compete in all awards in the South West. Winning Food Pub of the Year is a real boost for all the team at The Heron Inn and we are grateful to have a wonderful team who share our passion for the business"

Pictured. From Left to right. Ian Blunt, Sales Director St Austell Brewery. Amanda Hemming, Nick Hemming. Colin Putt, Etherington Meats.


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