Village pub is back as new owners fall in love with Cornwall

Linda and Steve Mason, landlords behing The Jubilee Inn in Pelynt
A village is getting its pub back this weekend -Credit:St Austell Brewery

A tiny village will have its pub back in action in just a matter of days after it closed its doors at the beginning of this year. The Jubilee Inn, in Pelynt, has been taken over by new landlords.

Linda and Steve Mason say they have already "fallen in love" with the community and the St Austell Brewery pub and are ready and raring to go. It will be the first pub for the couple - who relocated from Buckinghamshire for the big life change.

Having been stationed in Cornwall during her time in the Royal Navy and having started her family in Cornwall, Linda was always keen to return to the area one day. She said of the pub: "As soon as we walked in, we just thought, yes."

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Linda said: “We had looked at a few pubs and on the same day we knew we had lost out on another, we were shown the Jubilee Inn here. As soon as we walked in, we just thought, yes. The community have already been wonderful with people popping in to say hello.

“We went down to the shop at 8am the other day and didn’t get back until 10:30am - people are so keen to say hello and talk about the pub, it’s lovely. We’ve felt so welcome and can see that the pub is a big part of the community, and we just want to give the people back their pub.”

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Linda and Steve Mason, landlords behing The Jubilee Inn in Pelynt
Linda and Steve Mason are fitting right in with the community -Credit:St Austell Brewery

Most of the staff who previously worked at the pub are returning, as is the chef. The team plan to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week when the kitchen is back up and running towards the end of May, with their coveted Sunday roasts returning too.

The pub, which was originally a farm, is getting a spruce up with some lighter painting and cleaning, and Steve and Linda have big plans to up their sustainability efforts too.

Steve said: “In the long term, we’re hoping we can install solar panels on the roof, harvest rainwater for the toilets, move to an all-electric kitchen (supplied from a renewable energy provider) and install a ground source heat pump so we don’t have to rely so heavily on fossil fuels.

Linda and Steve Mason, landlords behind The Jubilee Inn in Pelynt
The new landlords have big plans to make it a more sustainable place -Credit:St Austell Brewery

“There won’t be any single use plastics in sight, we’ll be using local suppliers and produce and we’re hoping to put the mileage and carbon footprint of our meals on the menu.

"Our aim is to achieve a Green Tourism award. We want to make a conscious effort to do what we can to lessen our impact.” Steve, Linda and the team will reopen the pub on May 4 with free tea, coffee and cake on offer.

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