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28th June 2024

Sneak peek inside revamped pub which was destroyed by fire ahead of its grand reopening

An iconic harbourside pub which was severely damaged in a fire has risen from the ashes with a whole new look.

The Pier House in Charlestown has been closed for a major restoration since the end of last year following a devastating fire in January 2023. The multi-million-pound revamp is St Austell Brewery’s biggest ever investment in a pub refurbishment.

Sensitive renovations have been underway since the autumn to restore the pub to its former glory, with its new look soon to be revealed this Friday (28th June) when it reopens to the public.

The bar area has been opened-up to give a sweeping view over the iconic 18th Century Georgian harbour. Meanwhile, the dining area has been adorned with quirky furnishings, from lobster pot lights to a boat hanging from the ceiling.

There are plenty of nods to the pub’s harbourside location. The bar has been finished with wooden ‘ribs’ which mimic the inside of the Tall Ships, which can be seen from most windows of the establishment.

The whole feel of the pub has an understated opulence, inspired by the coast, from its rich green textures and neutral hues to the newly vaulted ceiling in the dining area. Original features of the building have also been sensitively exposed, including joists and beams in many of the bedrooms and communal spaces.

Each of the 23 new bedrooms is unique, including cosy cabin rooms and some with their own mezzanines and day beds for lounging and taking in the stunning sea views, from sunrise to sunset.

Rooms are kitted out with their own Pier House branded surf robes for the nights people want to enjoy the beach outside, and the room minibars come stocked with a free korev for each guest.

Paul Harvey, general manager of the Pier House, said: “This refurbishment project has been totally transformational. It’s amazing to see the Pier House looking better than ever. Those who have had a sneak peek in the community are amazed at what has been achieved. We’ve kept its former charm whilst taking the pub to a new level of ambiance.

“We’ve sensitively shown off the history of the building, showcasing the grandeur of the structure and how it’s been used throughout the years. We can’t wait to welcome everybody back tomorrow, to experience it for themselves.”

For more information about the Pier House, or to book a table or room, click here.


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Charlotte Turner, Press Officer

07977 564 900

About St Austell Brewery

Independent, family-owned St Austell Brewery was established in Cornwall in 1851. Fast forward 172 years, and the company’s range of award-winning beers – including Tribute pale ale, Proper Job IPA and korev lager – are available in pubs and supermarkets nationwide.

The business owns over 160 pubs, inns, and hotels across the West Country – including managed houses and tenancies. It also operates two breweries, in St Austell and Bath, having acquired fellow West Country brewer, Bath Ales in 2016.

With a network of six depots across the West Country – from St Columb to Wimborne – the company is the leading drinks wholesale company in the region.

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Media contacts

Charlotte Turner, Press Officer

07977 564 900

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