Last Updated on March 6, 2019 by Sophie Nadeau
Somewhere on the fringes of Bodmin Moor, between the lake where Excalibur was allegedly tossed and where the windswept hills of the high moors remain rugged, Blisland is just as pretty as its name suggests. All stone cottage, thatched rooftops, and a well-manicured village green, the real star of the show is Blisland Inn, an old pub in the heart of the village…
Introducing Blisland, a pretty village on the fringes of Bodmin
Though not quite as famous, nor admittedly as popular, as other National Parks in South West England (such as Dartmoor National Park), there’s no denying the draw of Bodmin. Filled with tales of ghosts, witches, and associated with Arthurian legend, it’s always worth paying a visit when passing through this area of England.
Remote and rugged, the elevated landscape has inspired artists and writers for centuries, perhaps most notably Daphne du Maurier who named and set her world-famous book ‘Jamaica Inn’ at the nearby drinking establishment of the same name.
So picturesque is Blisland Village itself, that it’s not missed the eye of a discerning author or two. For example, John Betjeman proclaimed that the Parish Church, which lies a little way off the expansive village green and behind a wrought iron gate, to be one of the most beautiful in England!
How to visit the Blisland Inn
When it comes to travelling around the UK, you don’t have to look far to find historic pubs. Between centuries-old inns which were once the hangout for marauders and smugglers (the nearby Jamaica Inn) and timber-framed taverns, the Blisland Inn is a traditional pub with all the trimmings.
With more than a handful of CAMRA (prestigious pub) awards to its name, the 19th-century built inn is set on the main village square and is surrounded by equally beautifully appointed abodes. Today, the pub is dog-friendly, with treats offered to the best-behaved (read: adorable) canines!