Pandora, adore her :-)

Much to the delight of regulars, the 13th century Pandora Inn has reopened its doors just under a year since it was destroyed by fire, on March 24th last year.

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The historic and much-loved Pandora Inn is once again a replica of its former self. Officially opened to the public on Friday March 9th. 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 8th March.

I was not a regular. In fact, its many a year  since I last stepped inside the Pandora.

It doesn’t mean that I didn’t adore her. Ok, so it’s not quite on the scale of ‘remembering the exact moment and where I was when I first learned the news’ – I was most likely at my computer…however, I do remember feeling quite sick when I saw the images of the fire that had taken hold of the thatch.

My dad owned a sailing boat and I’ve many happy memories as a teenager sailing over to the Pandora at the weekend for lunch. Approaching the long, boat pontoon, my sisters and I nimbly leaping off as we drew alongside with a rope to secure us tight. I fancied myself a bit then. We were 3 girls with long blonde hair and brown legs in skimpy shorts and it was a thrill to know we made the heads of drinkers and diners turn.

Although masquerading as the ‘deck totty’ off a sleek white sloop,  all we could afford to buy for lunch was  a pasty or a sandwich. I’d tiptoe the intimate dinning rooms upstairs on my way to the loo and promise myself that one day, as a grown up, I return to sample the evening fare. For the Pandora has always had a great reputation as a place to dine in style.

But I never have and the thought of the Pandora no more felt like a dream never to be fulfilled.

Former head chef, Tom Milby, is back at the helm, cooking up many of the favourite dishes regulars will remember. As ever, with its location on the edge of the creek, fresh fish will feature prominently on the menu.

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.  I am sure customers are going to be delighted to see their pub back and appreciate some of the improvements we have taken the opportunity to make during the painstaking rebuild of this historic pub.

Adam added: “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. We look forward to seeing you there soon”

To contact the Pandora call 01326 372678 or visit www.pandorainn.com for more information.

Seriously? Cornish Whiskey?

The Cornish Whiskey Story 

Cornwall’s first whiskey in 300 years was born from a handshake between two independent family businesses; St Austell Brewery and Healey’s Cyder Farm which, incidentally, is also Cornwall’s only brandy distillery.

The idea was initially the inspiration of St Austell Brewery’s Head Brewer, Roger Ryman, who has nursed his passion for whiskey since cutting his teeth in the Scottish drinks business several decades ago. It’s a partnership that brings both expertises in brewing and distillation together for the first time in England. Continue reading

St. Austell Brewery takes Glastonbury by storm

A staggering 30,000 pints were sold in  St Austell Brewery‘s ‘pop-up’ pub – the ‘Cornish Arms’ in the heart of Glastonbury Festival.

For the second year running the ‘Cornish Arms’ was a massive success – despite the mud – with the bar crowded from 10am until the early hours with festival goers enjoying a pint or two of St Austell Brewery beer. It was the only bar at Glastonbury serving cooled cask ale.

The Brewery’s mission was to meet Michael Eavis’ request to recreate a proper Cornish pub in the middle of Glastonbury festival.

Jeremy Mitchell, Marketing Director at St Austell Brewery, said: “We’ve had excellent feedback, with many people saying it was the best bar at the festival – no small compliment considering there were more than 100 bars to choose from. Continue reading

The Flavour Weekly: Clouded Yellow and Nettle Brew

This is evidently not a commercial blog or I would not be waxing lyrical about my favourite beer as winter is almost upon us. Clouded Yellow from St. Austell Brewery is my absolute favourite beer in summer time. I love it chilled and poured into a long glass. It’s a real girl’s beer, refined, delicate, refreshing and gorgeous. I’ve still been drinking it on finer days this autumn; especially after hard graft in the garden…it touches the spot, rewarding and delicious.  I can get quite carried sometimes, waxing lyrical about the delicious flavour: a light, vanilla citrus something to this drink. It is ale but not in a man’s way, for it’s also sophisticated enough to match with food and a supper with pals kind of way. I want to drink it all year round, when only really get a craving for it on days when the sun shines.

What the experts say:

Clouded Yellow – 4.80% abv – An award winning, quite unique wheat beer, Clouded Yellow derives its name from a migrant butterfly found visiting the UK during the summer months. Pale yellow in colour and naturally (bottle) conditioned, the beer may be poured cloudy by gently swirling the last few inches to rouse the natural yeast sediment. Alternatively, clear beer can be decanted carefully leaving the yeast behind.

Serve cool in a long glass to experience the true citrus overtones that have been delicately flavoured with whole spices and vanilla. The combination of flavours is brought alive by gently sweetening with pure organic maple syrup.

In contrast, I tried a stinging nettle brew last weekend called “Cornish Stingers”, made by a forager called Miles Lavers, at £2.50 a pint. Although it comes in a beer bottle and calls itself a beer it is nothing like one. I had to caution my husband as he reached for a pint glass to pour it into.

“Best try it first, a few sips in a wine glass would be better,” I cautioned him. “It might blow your socks off if you try to quaff as per your normal tin of Boddingtons.”

It definitely, reminded us of ‘home brew’ but curiously tasted of apples and elderflowers. Odd because neither of these ingredients have touched it.