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Jamaica Inn, Bolventor

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Jamaica Inn is a traditional inn on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Built as a coaching inn in 1750, and having an association with smuggling, it was the setting for Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel Jamaica Inn, which was made into the film Jamaica Inn in 1939 by Alfred Hitchcock.Located just off the A30, near the middle of the moor close to the hamlet of Bolventor, it was used as a staging post for changing horses. The inn is alleged to be one of the most haunted places in Great Britain. Daphne du Maurier wrote her novel in 1930 when, having gone horse riding on the moors, she became lost in thick fog and sought refuge at the inn. During the time spent recovering from her ordeal, the local rector is said to have entertained her with ghost stories and tales of smuggling; he would later become the inspiration for the enigmatic character of the Vicar of Altarnun.As well as the Hitchcock film, there has been a 1983 television series, Jamaica Inn, starring Jane Seymour, and a television adaptation in 2014 starring Jessica Brown Findlay directed by Philippa Lowthorpe. In addition to its use in literature, and film, the hotel is referenced in "Jamaica Inn", a song written by Tori Amos on her album The Beekeeper, written while she was travelling by car along the road of the Cornwall cliffs, and inspired by the legend she had heard of the inn.
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  • Came here on the way back from Bodmin Jail (as a visitor, not inmate! See my separate review) It was surprisingly busy here, and we struggled to find a parking place. We found the museum enthralling a...  more »
  • Great location and great food. Visited for a meal as travelling home. My children loved it and seeing the pirates and finding out some history.  more »
  • I had always wanted to visit Jamaica Inn after reading the book years ago, the views across the moors are outstanding, and the Inn from the outside looks exactly like the photos you see. The old bar i...  more »
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  • Tried out the Sunday Carvery, yesterday and it was one of the best one's we have ever had. The beef and lamb was cooked to perfection, potatoes were crispy and tasty. Assortment of veg and pigs in blankets (christmas food except turkey). On that note, we booked here for Christmas Dinner. Lovely friendly staff, all very helpful. Definitely recommended.
  • The Jamaica Inn is a fantastic place for duMaurier fans, it has mountains of history and atmosphere. The book Jamaica Inn will take on a new dimension by a stay in the place. The hotel is beautiful and spotlessly clean. The food is excellent and abundantly good. The staff are local and are warm and helpful.The bar has a good range of real ales, The location is spectacular on the wild moors of Bodmin. Superb !
  • Stayed a couple of nights over Halloween. Staff are friendly and polite. The rooms are immaculate and well presented. The bar is atmospheric and fun. Food is the standard pub grub. Overall a very enjoyable stay, definitely recommended.
  • Just popped in to the bar for a drink. Dog friendly. Staff seemed very hospitable. Would like to return another time to have a proper look around.
  • This famous inn with a lot of history has a small museum which is just about worth the entrance fee. Lots of history on smuggling, with exhibits from the early days of Cornish smuggling right up to modern day drug smuggling, complete with camel suppositories. There is a large gift shop with all the tat you could possibly want and a bar and restaurant, which does surprisingly good food considering how much a tourist trap this place is.