The Barley back in business

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The Barley public house in Truro reopens its doors today, after nine years trading under the name ‘The Riverbank’.

Chef and local businessman Simon Stallard, who also runs The Hidden Hut atPorthcurnick Beach, says he wants to return the establishment to its former glories.

He said: “You walk around Truro and talk to the locals and everybody knows The Barley and has a story to tell of the place, and that’s what I want to bring back.

“I want The Barley to move away from fine dining and bring it back to being a traditional Cornish pub where everyone is welcome to come and enjoy great food, beers and ciders. In essence we want it to be a venue that brings the people of Truro together to enjoy everything that is great about Cornwall.”

Live music is another tradition that Stallard is promising to bring back. The original Barley Sheaf brought live music to its customers every week, and Stallard sees this as a vital part of the pubs history.

“The Barley always brought live music to the ears of its drinkers, and we are going to do the same,” he said. “Reopening the venue allows us to showcase up and coming local musicians as well as some old favourites.”