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Local Pub News
The New Year did not start happily for Cornwall's pub stock. As soon as 2018 began, the GBG regular in Rosudgeon, the Falmouth Packet, closed its doors. It was reported the licensees had announced their intention to retire then they would close the pub if no suitable buyer had been found for it by then. So it came to pass, and the future of this popular outlet on the south coast can only be described as 'uncertain'.
A week later came the news that the Cross House Inn in Lower Metherell was going to close in March, apparently to become a motorcycle shop. A popular community local, its proposed closure came as a surprise. Whether the locals were upset or tried to prevent it happening is not known, but there is another pub in the village, the Carpenters Arms, so at least they will still have somewhere to go.
Now we find that arguably the best beer drinkers’ pub in Penryn, the Seven Stars, is closed after its long-serving Dutch landlord Rob decided to retire. Apparently it has been sold now, to hte owner of the former Wooden Hand Brewery; hopefully it will soon return as a pub. Also the Bar Mono, on The Moor in Falmouth, has closed, although this was never a destination venue for real ale drinkers as it sold generally keg.
On a more positive note, J D Wetherspoon are progressing with a new pub in Liskeard, although we hear that its opening has been slipped right by a couple of months to May 2018. This has been an 'on-off' project for several years with the chain considering other sites in the town centre, which turned out to be unsuitable for various reasons. So the pub will be on the site of the former Taylor's Garage in Barras Street. To be called the King Doniert, it will be interesting to see what patronage it eventually enjoys. The nearby Fountain Inn was closed as it was declared by the owners as 'not viable'!
The year was quite busy as far as pub closures – and opening/reopenings – were concerned:
Brea - Brea Inn - Closed
Camborne - Railway Tavern - Closed, probably to be turned into flats
Canonstown - Lamb & Flag - Closed (again!) in November – what now?
Newquay (Lane) - King's Head - Closed and for sale by St Austell Brewery
Penzance - Navy Inn - Closed and for sale, but may have been bought by a new local buyer
Redruth - West End Bar & Grill - Closed, future unknown
Rosudgeon - Falmouth Packet - Closed until new buyers can be found
Truro - Barley Sheaf Closed again - financial problems
Openings However, to set against the losses of these 9 pubs which we know about, we had openings and reopenings:
Bude - Barrel at Bude - New micropub
Falmouth - Chain Locker - Reopened after structural problems sorted out
Falmouth - Cutty Sark - Reopened as pub after long refit
Falmouth - Falmouth Townhouse - New pub next to the Cutty Sark
Falmouth - King's Head - Reopened after long closure (Dec 2014)
Falmouth - Small Ships - New bar, in former Rumours nightclub
Illogan Highway - Railway Inn - Reopened following sale to Keltek Brewery
Linkinhorne - Church House Inn Reopened after nearly 2 years closed
St Austell - Western Hotel - Reopened after a time closed for refurbishment
Tregrehan - Mr Small's Cornish Taphouse - New micro-bar
So another year-on-year net gain it would seem, with 10 either new or reopened pubs against 9 losses. One other point worth a mention: you might just have spotted that on Falmouth Moor, the Wodehouse Arms is no more. During 2017 it closed for several months, and was extensively refurbished inside by owners St Austell Brewery and renamed the Pennycomequick. Certainly worth at least a quick visit while you are waiting for the bus home.