What is the future for this traditional rural pub?

After a lunch break at home I made the short trip to Paul, a picturesque village high above Mount’s Bay on a quiet road between the fishing village of Newlyn and the seclond home hotspot that Mousehole has become.

Paul has a quintessential village pub opposite the church.


For the second time that day I found myself at an ex GBG pub, one which is also featured in Pete Brown’s recent coffee table book.

It was 3.30 PM on a sunny afternoon between Christmas and New Year when many people were off work and in a spot with plenty of holidaymakers on a seasonal break.

The lounge bar was, to me at least, a surprising sight.


Completely empty, whereas the front bar boasted two couples, both of which were chatting in estuarian English and seemed to be living locally, or at least know the pub well.

As a sad contrast to the habits of Mr and Mrs RM, the couple sat at the bar were enjoying the delights of bottled Budweiser and Desperados.

Hopefully their choice had nothing to do with pricing; a good pint of St Austell HSD weighed in at £4.


After 20 minutes a group of eight walkers came in and clumped round noisily admiring the pub, the location and the views.

Their wallet-busting order came to four teas, two soft drinks, half a lager and a small red wine.

What does the future hold for the Kings Arms I wonder?

3 thoughts on “What is the future for this traditional rural pub?

  1. Nice post, thanks for the infamy ! As you note, nothing worse than a quiet pub, and I wonder how pubs like that survive on meagre drinks sales. Watch the locals come out screaming if it does look in danger.

    I must have passed that one when I drove down to see the Christmas lights at Mousehole a year ago ( they weren’t on).


  2. To be fair, the middle of a winter’s afternoon is always going to be a slack time for pubs. I’d like to see it at lunchtime and late evening before passing judgment on its prospects.


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