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Minerva Inn

(formerly Looe Street Wine & Spirit Vaults, French Maid (for TV series))

31 Looe Street

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Opening Times

Monday11.30 am - 11.30 pm
Tuesday11.30 am - 11.30 pm
Wednesday11.30 am - Midnight
Thursday11.30 am - Midnight
Friday11.30 am - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
Sunday1.00 pm - 10.30 pm

About the Pub

Built before the Spanish Armada in 1588, it is not known exactly when the Minerva first became an inn. However, it is recognised as the oldest pub in Plymouth. It boasts a fine leaded window, picturesque lantern and a curious wooden spiral staircase made from the mast of a captured Spanish galleon. Live music is staged on Thursday to Sunday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes. It is within easy walking distance from the city centre and historic Barbican. Occasional beer festivals also feature. Up to three guest ales supplement the two regular ales, including at least one from Altarnun, Bays, Dartmoor, Noss Beer Works, Roam Brewing Co or Summerskills. Plymouth CAMRA City Pub Of The Year Runner Up 2014.

Monthly Loyalty Discount Cards may be purchased by all customers to use Monday to Friday between 1130 and 1500 on real ales.

Historic Interest

Grade-II listed 25/1/54, interior and exterior listed. List Entry No 138 6206, Legacy System No 473590. 2 merchants' houses, now public house. Late C16 or early C17. Stucco on timber-framed jettied front; steep dry slate roofs, the left-hand roof half-hipped and the other roof (No.32) with front gable projecting and carried on moulded brackets and with central turned pendant; rendered stacks: one on the left and lateral stack to rear right. Deep U-shaped plan including rear wings with fronts end on to the street. EXTERIOR: 4 storeys with upper floor partly in roof space and 1st and 2nd floors jettied; each front a 1-window range: No.31 with C20 horned sashes, 1st and 3rd floor sashes with glazing bars; No.32 with 2-light casements with glazing bars to 1st and 2nd floors off-centre to right and 3-light casement to centre of gable. Ground floor has early C19 shopfront with fascia and narrow pilasters; No.32 has fascia over shop window with group of 3 late C19 horned sashes. INTERIOR: described in former list description as having pole staircase in each; No.31 with small section of C16/C17 panelling on the stairs and said to contain part of a late C16 plaster ceiling. Part of a significant group of C17 and C18 houses. No.31 listed on 01/05/75. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-: 664).

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • St Austell Trelawny
  • St Austell Tribute

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Dartmoor --varies--
  • Roam --varies--
  • Summerskills --varies--

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Minerva Inn, Plymouth


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available


  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    Mon-Fri 1130-1500, via purchased card (£1.00 all customers)

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Joined 26 April 2013

  • BeerFestival Beer Festivals

    March and October.


  • Garden Pub Garden


  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Thur-Sun eves, Sun lunch.

  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi


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Minerva Inn

31 Looe Street

Sat Nav Reference

50.3695, -4.1363


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Nearby Bus Routes (400m)

(Royal Parade)

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