Charlestown’s iconic Pier House Hotel has reopened its doors following a £380k refurbishment programme by St Austell Brewery.

Having acquired the property in 2016, outline planning for the modernisation of the building was approved last year. Since closing at the end of January, an extensive work schedule has involved a rework of existing bar areas and a new, extended bar at the core of the building, while dining areas have been refurbished to allow for better accessibility.

Mindful of the heritage of the building, much preparation work was undertaken to maintain the character of the hotel, which started life as a farmhouse on the harbour in the late 1800s.

St Austell Brewery retail director, Steve Worrall, commented, “It is vital any alterations made to historic buildings balance the competing needs of respecting the past, whilst at the same time, creating a space that will excite and engage our team and guests. The Pier House looks stunning now, inside and out, our team are delighted and I trust our guests will be too – I certainly believe we’ve struck that balance exactly right.”

Husband and wife management team Rob and Lucy Brewer have taken over the running of the hotel, following years of local experience at the helm of the Rashleigh Arms just a few yards up the road, while existing hotel staff have also joined St Austell Brewery.