A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: IIFore Street
16th-century coaching inn, where two rooms retain fittings from the 1950s. The Beville Bar, rear right, has an old slate floor and a draught screen/high-backed settle with glazed panels above. The lapped-wood counter was created in the 1950s from coffin sides from a local undertaker! Photos taken around 1960 show the old dresser which forms the bar-back fitting and which sits in an old fireplace. To the left of the coaching arch, the heavily-beamed dining room also has a (copper-topped) counter from the 1950s. The public bar, once probably two rooms, has seen several recent changes though the beams and some of the panelling are old. The Cornish giant, Anthony Payne, is said to have been born here around 1612; he grew to 7ft 4ins tall and weighed 32 stones.
16th century coaching inn with two bars on the right of the coaching arch and a dining room on the left, two rooms of which retain fittings form the 1950s.
The Beville Bar at the rear right has an old Delabole slate floor and appears to have been last refitted in about 1950. By the door is a draught screen / high backed settle with a row of three glazed panels above. The lapped wood counter was created from coffin sides that came from an undertaker in Stratton in the 1950s. A photo taken around c.1960 kept upstairs in the pub (you may ask to view it) shows the existing lapped wood counter but it only shows two right hand sections and the counter at a slightly different angle so it looks like it has been brought forward / made straight by the addition of a third left section. The old photo does confirm that the old dresser than forms the bar back fitting sitting in an old fireplace was there in c.1960. The stone fireplace with a log burner is post war. Originally, this bar was a scullery / kitchen.
The heavily beamed dining room to the left of the coaching arch has a bar counter with a copper top so appears to have been added in the late 1950s – a photo on the wall of the dining room dated 1955 does not show the bar counter.
The front public bar saw changes in the 1970s – a photo on the wall shows what it looked like in 1952 – it was possibly two rooms in the past. It has genuine old beams, some old wood paneling with probably 1960’s/early 1970's leatherette bench seating opposite the bar. The public bar has some old beams and some old wood paneling with probably 1960’s/early 1970's leatherette bench seating opposite bar. The bar back is a bit of a hotch-potch with modern (cheap wood) kit shelves screwed onto an old copper panel. Counter top and front are mismatched wood so may have been done at different times. 1970’s says the landlady. The oak floor was installed no more than 10 years ago.
It still retains outside gents and ladies (they have been modernised). The pub has been hosting the village post office in a former games room at the rear for the past five years and open six days a week but this is due to end in 2014 when the post office moves to the village shop. There is a skittle alley. Anthony Payne, retainer to the Grenvilles of Stowe and the last Cornish giant, is said to have been born here in 1610.