Pandora reopens for business

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The Pandora Inn has reopened its doors just under a year since it was destroyed by fire.

(L-R): Lester Croft, Pandora Inn manager; Adam Luck; Catherine Croft, Pandora Inn manager; James Staughton, St Austell Brewery's MD; The Bishop of Truro; with Steve Bellman and John Milan

The Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, joined the pubs’ tenants and St Austell Brewery directors to officially mark the inn’s opening on the evening of March 8.

A devastating fire ripped through the thatched roof of the iconic pub at Restronguet, near Falmouth, on March 24 last year. But today, the 13th century inn is a replica of its former self.

John Milan and Steve Bellman, who have been tenants at the Pandora Inn for more than 12 years, said: “It is a great feeling to be back behind the bar of the Pandora and officially marking the reopening was a very special day. After so much interest in the Pandora’s return it’s wonderful that we can now welcome regulars and visitors alike.”

Adam Luck, estate director for St Austell Brewery, said: “After the trauma of the fire nearly a year ago it is amazing to see the Pandora restored to its former glory.

“We would like to thank all those involved and in particular our architect Steve Peacock, builders Cummins and Pope, master thatcher Guy Moore and of course John & Steve and all the staff at the Pandora who have been so supportive during the last year.”