Historic pub reopens after sale to new owners

By Chloe Shakesby   |   Property writer   |
Monday 15th August 2022 12:00 pm
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The former coaching inn has been part of Boscastle since the 16th century. (Ian Rob on Geograph (cc-by-sa/2.0) )

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A Cornwall hotel dating back hundreds of years has reopened under new owners after being sold to one of the county’s most prolific chains.

The Wellington Hotel, in Boscastle, has been acquired by St Austell Brewery for an undisclosed amount.

The pub dates back to the 16th century and was once a coaching inn, and has been run by previous owner Jonathan Scott for more than a decade.

Last Wednesday it announced it was temporarily closing its doors due to the sale.

It has now reopened with normal business hours and an expanded range of drinks on offer, courtesy of new owners St Austell Brewery.

The company announced earlier this year that it is aiming to expand its portfolio of pubs, inns and hotels to more than 200 sites, and the Wellington Hotel marks its first acquisition in more than two years.

That brings the brewery’s portfolio to a total of 175 properties, with turnover in 2021 rising from £117.6m to £156.6m.

Kevin Georgel, chief executive of St Austell’s Brewery, said: “This is our first acquisition in more than two years, so it’s an exciting time for the business and a milestone moment in the strong recovery we’ve continued to make since the pandemic.

“It also supports our plans to strengthen and grow our pub estate, across Cornwall and the wider south west, in the months and years ahead.”

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