New life is being breathed into Falmouth's historic former Custom House which is being transformed into The Stable, a new bar and restaurant which is due to open on August 28.

Specialising in pizza, pies and cider, the new venture has yet to be granted its premises licence, permitting it to sell alcohol and provide entertainment and late night refreshment, but Falmouth councillors gave it their wholehearted support when the application went before them on Monday.

Cornwall Council now has to consider the application which seeks consent to provide live music indoors between 5pm and 11.30pm, Monday to Sunday but with only one live session a week; recorded music indoors from 11am until midnight all week and alcohol on and off sales from 11am until midnight, all week.

Councillor Rowenna Brock, chair of Falmouth's licensing sub-committee, said: “They look like great places. I agree (with the application) wholeheartedly and am very pleased they are taking over such a historic building. I wish to support them in all their endeavours.”

The Stable in Falmouth is the latest venture for Richard Cooper and his team who have already established outlets at Fistral Beach in Newquay and in Weymouth, Poole, Bridport, Bath and Bristol.

Speaking of the The Stable in Falmouth, the company says: “Our latest project is a serious one and it's taking us a while to get it just right. We've taken on the Old Custom House right by the quay. A beautiful Grade II listed columned gem with loads of character and waterside views over Falmouth's bustling harbour. It's almost ready and trust us, this one really is worth the wait!”