In what is proving to be a successful first 18 months a pub in Falmouth has been crowned Wine Pub of the Year.

Pennycomequick took home the title at St Austell Brewery’s Tribute Awards, having already been named Lux Magazine Pub of the Year 2018.

The former Wodehouse Arms on The Moor was reopened under a new name in November 2017 by James Luck and Mark White.

At the Tribute Awards the pub was praised for its mix of wines from around the world, as well as the overall knowledge of the team there.

James said: “Evenings out now need to be special and everybody rightly expects great service and a warm welcome wherever they go.

“What we do is work hard to get the basics right and that’s been reflected in our fantastic rating at number four on local Tripadvisor reports. Of course, it helps that Falmouth itself is such a vibrant town with a great team dedicated to its people and visitors and we’ve worked hard to find our place in all that Falmouth has to offer.”

The team has been congratulated by Falmouth’s BID manager Richard Wilcox, who said: “It’s great to hear that the Pennycomequick is going from strength to strength.

“National trading conditions are challenging, as has been well documented, so in Falmouth we have developed proactive partnerships with our business community to create an atmosphere which encourages and fosters growth, aligned with an entrepreneurial spirit.

“It is clear that visitors, whether they be from Cornwall or further afield, want to experience local provenance, quality produce and second to none customer service, and businesses such as the Penny in Falmouth that offer that, are to be celebrated.” Falmouth has managed to buck the national trend and has one of the lowest vacant unit rates – under six per cent, compared to a national average of around 11 per cent for towns of comparable size in the south west.