The Chain Locker, Falmouth 

The Telegraph – June 2018

“Last year the Chain Locker was closed for refurbishment, but St Austell made sure that all its artefacts went back in the same place as before and that its character wasn’t spoilt. A proper job was done (so to speak).”

"Maybe it’s the maritime décor that suggests the wooden walls of England. There are black-and-white snaps of wrecked vessels and sailing ships from the days of The Onedin Line, as well as framed warnings about smugglers; varnished and faded plaques record the names of ships, long gone to the breakers yard.” 

The Guardian - 2017

"We were welcomed to the Chain Locker by a multitude of warm smiles. Well, that’s how it felt, as we stumbled out of the gales and driving rain heralding Storm Brian on a Friday evening, and into a packed bar."

The Telegraph - 2017

"After a lengthy restoration, this 17th-century sailors’ inn on Falmouth’s waterfront has re-merged as a landmark pub with boutique rooms above and a new seafood restaurant on the side – all capitalising on magnificent views of Custom House Quay, the River Fal and Carrick Roads."




Havener's, Fowey

Somerset Life – June 2018

“Surrounded by lovely art shops, bakeries and craft places, Havener’s makes an idea base for a long weekend away.”

“Fabulous food, great staff who knew the difference between courtesy and friendliness versus overcrowding, washed down with modern, comfortable surroundings.”

The Guardian – June 2017

“The menu promises local produce, with lots of fish and seafood. It’s refined pub grub served by chatty staff – and it seems the new chef is up to scratch.

“Orla Kiely toiletries in the smart white bathroom, a super comfy-mattress and the lovely view over the historic square are other pluses.” – June 2017

“Located right on the waterfront is the newly refurbished Havener's Bar and Grill, which recently unveiled five new rooms and a self-catering apartment. The rooms are light and airy, and because they've taken inspiration from the waterside location, you can't help but feel as relaxed pottering about inside as you do looking out the window at the sea views.”

The Times – April 2017

“Havener’s, in the seaside town of Fowey, south Cornwall, is a charming pub with five smart new rooms decorated in shades of grey and blue, each facing the River Fowey. The restaurant serves seafood as well as steaks and burgers.”

Pedn Olva

The Observer – June 2018

“There was more colour in work by local artists hanging on the walls at Pedn Olva hotel, a retro gem with modern flourishes that presides from a granite rockface over St Ives Bay. It’s the place to go for a fresh lobster and prawn roll, or a sundowner in either the rooftop bar or the terrace bar. The views have fused into a single memory of diffused light and strips of sea-sky-sand. Our shower had a big window, also overlooking the Celtic sea which, each afternoon, was choppy. In the morning, it was crashing against the rocks. I spent a long time staring out of that window.”


Sunday Express – April 2018

“Unsurprisingly, every room has an amazing coastal view and all have that luxurious coastal charm about them; white walls and bedlinens, stripy curtains, Lloyd Loom furniture and paintings capturing scenes of the area. The food was as good as the rooms and in the restaurant, with a sweeping view over Porthminster beach, I chose local: Cornish smoked haddock with poached eggs. The devilled crispy squid and cod loin were excellent.”


Oystercatcher, Polzeath

GQ – August 2018

“With cold beers, a menu packed with pub classics and a jaw-dislocating selection of monstrous burgers we recommend The Old Pig topped with pulled-pork and Applewood cheese), it is easy to lose an afternoon (and evening) just by eating, supping and drinking in the scenery. As a bonus, the Oystercatcher has seven neat apartments (and a beach cottage), so if you can’t tear yourself away, you don’t actually have to.”


Rashleigh Arms

The Arbiturian – June 2018

“It’s an attractive building, beautifully refurbished to a high standard. Charlestown is a great place to visit and The Rashleigh is the perfect base. Sketch it in for your next visit down south.”


Old Custom House

Campervan Magazine - July 2017

“We … spend a couple of nights at St Austell Brewery’s historic waterside inns, in this case The Old Custom House, which boasts stylish

rooms with glorious views over the harbour and across the Camel estuary…”

Hope & Anchor

Lonely Planet Traveller – June 2017

“Slate-roofed pub Hope & Anchore is just a few steps from the beach at Hope Cove, and has been thoughtfully modernised, with attractive rooms decorated in maritime colours. The food is excellent too.”

St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre

The Times – June 2016

“St Austell Brewery has introduced new hour-long behind-the-scenes tours…which include ‘extensive tastings’ and three pints of Tribute ale. Hick’s Bar, next to the museum, has also been revamped; dishes include ‘posh fish finger’ sandwiches and ‘brewhouse burgers’.

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – June 2017

“Car-free visitors also get a discount at St Austell’s Victorian brewery, where the fruity smell of hops fills the air. Produce your bus or train ticket for £1 off the brewing experience.”

The Irish Post – June 2017

“As brewery tours go – and we have done quite a few – this was a fascinating ‘warts and all’ look at the growth of one of the country’s few remaining family independents, with plenty of interactive high tech stuff, but also lots of personal stories of the moustachioed men and sometimes beautiful and formidable women who made up the Hicks empire from 1851 onwards. There is also plenty of useful information about brewing – as well as the tasting, naturally.”

Samuel Jones, Exeter

Daily Telegraph – May 2016

“In the 1870s, Exeter’s mayor Samuel Jones built a bonded warehouse on the quay by the River Exe. Little did he know that more than 130 years later he would be remembered with the opening of this “ale and smoke house” after a £1.5 million refit by St Austell Brewery. It looks like money well spent…I think Mr Jones would be pleased to see how people continue to enjoy his building.”

Three Crowns, Devon

Daily Express – February 2016

St Austell Brewery spent 19 months and oodles of cash restoring this eye-catching, 13th-century stone and thatch village beauty. Mullioned windows, massive beams and a vast inglenook in the original bar blend with a spanking new atrium-conservatory dining room that opens to a sheltered courtyard.”

The Mason’s Arms, Devon, pub review – April 2015

“[We] were delighted to find that the Masons is now owned by the St Austell Brewery, whose Proper Job, an aromatic and fruity beer, is on draught, alongside a plausible though not especially wide-ranging selection. It’s a delicious and versatile pint…”

Lonely Planet Traveller – June 2017

“The Masons’s Arms in Branscombe offers accommodation in a terrace of converted cottages. They’re stylishly decorated, with a big bathrooms and generous beds.”

Rose and Crown

Devon Life – July 2018

“The last time I reviewed a place to dine out, I mused about how it had been years between my visits. In the case of the Rose and Crown at Yealmpton, I found myself returning inside four days. It really was so good that when we were hatching a plan to meet friends not long after our luxurious and memorable stay at this fabulous pub that there really was no other choice.”