The ancient history of the New Inn has yet to be fully researched. About five hundred years ago the licencing laws were changed and the pubs that took on the new ligislation were called “New Inn”. Whether our pub dates back that far, and if it does, whether it complied with that legislation has not been ascertained. It is certainly possible but as anyone can see, the current building has additions that post date the original. It was at some stage two dwellings, hence the inglenook fireplace in the middle room that was exposed in the recent renovations.

The modern history is that the pub was purchased from Punch Taverns Ltd in 2014 by local residents and New Inn friends from all over the country following a couple of years when it was closed down. There followed a full internal restoration, new kitchen, new cellar, and a new extension including the new Garden Room and inside toilet facilities. The bar was moved so as to make maximum use of the internal space. A new floor was laid, financed by benefactors – the names of whom are displayed inside the pub.

Some photos taken during the restoration . . .

  • The old bar

  • The old staircase to the ladies

  • The old bar goes

  • Work starts on the new bar

  • The sink goes in

  • Back of the bar under construction

  • Just about there

  • Meantime in the middle room . . .

  • inglenook is restored

  • Work commences outside at the back

  • The footings for the garden room

  • A bit muddy

Watch the interview with Kim talking to Cornwall Live, April 2018 here