Just under a year since it was gutted by fire, the historic and much-loved Pandora Inn is set to reopen its doors on March 9th.
On March 24th last year, just after winning the coveted Cornwall Tourism Pub of the year award, a devastating fire ripped through the thatched roof of this iconic pub at Restronguet, near Falmouth, destroying the roof and first floor of the building in minutes.
Now, much to the delight of regulars, this famous St Austell Brewery pub has been rebuilt and returned to its former glory.
On the ground floor, all of the original features were miraculously saved as the fire was brought under control before reaching this part of the building. Finishing touches are being made to the décor and the pub’s original furniture has been restored and reupholstered and will be put back, just as it was.
Former head chef, Tom Milby, will return to the helm, cooking up many of the favourite dishes regulars will remember. As ever, with its location on the edge of the creek, fresh fish will feature prominently on the menu.
From the exterior, this 13th century inn will look exactly as it did, with its distinctive roof rebuilt and re-thatched.
John Milan and Steve Bellman, tenants at the Pandora Inn for more than 12 years, said: “We know we speak for many of the Pandora’s regular customers when we say how excited we are about the pub reopening. There’s been so much interest, from local people and many retuning holiday makers through the pub’s website and Facebook page with everyone wanting to know when the big day is.“
John added: “The Pandora’s team is looking forward to welcoming old and new customers alike when the doors reopen on March 9th at 11.00am. Customers will be greeted by a number of the original staff that worked at the Pandora before the fire and, much to everyone’s delight, head chef Tom will be back in the kitchen.
“The only difference that people will notice internally is in the first floor trading area where there are now beautiful exposed green oak beams and stunning oak flooring.”
Managers’ Catherine and Lester Croft will be looking after the day to day running of the pub and bookings are now being taken for the reopening.
To contact the Pandora call 01326 372678 or visit www.pandorainn.com for more information.
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