A 200-year-old pub that closed during lockdown, leading to fears it would be lost to the village, has been reopened by new owners.

Locals of St Agnes had been disappointed to hear that the well known ‘Bear Bar’ in the village would not be re-opening after closing its doors in March for the enforced coronavirus lockdown.

However following advertisement of the venue by pub ownership company Punch Taverns, Tom Trubshaw and his wife Lara have now opened the venue with a fresh new look, while returning it to its original roots as The Peterville Inn, which has been a pub in St Agnes since the 1800s.

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An example of some of the dishes served

Tom, who was most recently general manager at The Unicorn on the Beach in Porthtowan and has previously been general manager/chef at Barefoot on the Beach in Newquay as well as freelancing in kitchens including Bedruthan Steps and The Headland, said: "When we told friends and family we were taking on a pub during an international pandemic some thought we might be crazy, however for us it was an easy decision to make.

"I’ve been working in the industry for 20 years as both a head chef and as a general manager, and it’s been my passion to open my own venue - it just needed to be the right one.

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Homemade mackerel pate served with pickled cucumber and celeriac remoulade

"We moved to St Agnes at the beginning of the year with our three young children and when The Peterville Inn became available we knew it would be the perfect place for us to showcase the very best of Cornwall whilst maintaining that traditional feel."

Opening last month, the pub now features a daily changing menu, determined by the availability of locally sourced ingredients.

The Peterville Inn is also taking part in the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme and plans to launch a traditional roast in the coming months.