Historic The Driftwood Spars pub and brewery in St Agnes for sale in 'extremely difficult decision'

The Driftwood Spars inn and brewery is for sale for the first time in 17 years
-Credit: (Image: The Driftwood Spars)


A historic inn occupying a prime position on the north Cornish coast is looking for a new custodian as it's up for sale for the first time in 17 years. The Driftwood Spars, in St Agnes, is for sale with a guide price of £3,250,000 as of today (June 11).

As well as the ‘brewpub’ itself, which features several characterful bar and restaurant areas, the freehold listing includes 15 letting bedrooms, a large private car park, and an outdoor hospitality space known as The Crib Shack - all overlooking spectacular Trevaunance Cove.

The characterful coastal inn, being marketed by Charles Darrow, is also a popular wedding and live music venue, hosting several ‘mini-festivals’ each year. Current landlady Louise Treseder said her ambition is to find new owners who "understand what the pub means to the local community".

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The accompanying Driftwood Spars Brewery, being sold alongside, is located just across the road and produces a range of traditional and contemporary handcrafted beers, all of which are tested gluten-free; the brew kit comprises a 5 brewers barrel kit plus a pilot kit for smaller, experimental batches.

Under the current landlady, The Driftwood Spars has played a vital role in the local community, raising money for good causes and acting as a hub for village clubs, events, and celebrations. Louise said: “I’ve made the extremely difficult decision to put the pub on the market because I want to dedicate more time to my other responsibilities and interests.

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Louise Treseder of the Driftwood Spars
Louise has assured punters and staff that nothing will change in the short term despite the inn going up for sale -Credit:The Driftwood Spars

"My ambition is to find new owners who understand what the pub means to the local community, and who will be able to preserve its soul while reimagining it for the next generation.”

Having been at the helm since 2007, she has many achievements under her belt, including winning armfuls of awards for The Driftwood Spars Brewery beers, championing traditional British brewing, driving forward major green improvements in a historic building, and successfully steering the pub through the Covid-19 pandemic.

She has also been a proactive advocate for sustainable tourism, local housing, and community services. Jon Clyne, director of Charles Darrow, said: “We’re extremely proud to have been entrusted with the sale of one of Cornwall’s most iconic inns. With many years of careful independent ownership and several streams of income, the pub, hotel, and microbrewery is being sold on a sound financial footing but there’s also scope for growth under passionate and dynamic new ownership.”

Trevaunance Cove
The inn overlooks Trevaunance Cove -Credit:The Driftwood Spars

Louise adds: “I’ve taken care to explain to my amazing team the reasons behind this decision, and that nothing will change in the short term. We’ll continue to operate as usual and none of our existing wedding, room, music, or food bookings will be affected. If anyone has any questions or concerns, they are welcome to speak to me directly.” View the sale listing, here.