New landlords have been announced for popular roadside pub the Halfway House less than two weeks after it suddenly shut down without warning.

The pub, on the main Falmouth to Helston road, is set reopen next week under the management of local publicans Matt and Emma Ferguson.

The couple, who already have the Taste of the West gold award-winning pub the Three Tuns in St Keverne and took over the Queen's Arms at Breage in April, said they are excited to be moving into the Falmouth area as part of their planned phase two of expansion this year.

One of their first changes will be to bring back the popular Hungry-man challenge, which gives people the chance to win a free pudding - plus the all-important photo of themselves on the ceiling - if they can complete a giant plate of food.

Matt said: "We're keen to bring back all the old favourites that we remember from when we came to the pub as teenagers - and the Hungry-man was the obvious place to start. Be warned though - it's not for the faint hearted!"

The Sunday carvery that the pub is famous for is being kept, and here the couple will be doing something they've never done before - giving diners the chance to go back up for second helpings, free of charge (excluding meat).

They plan to reopen the pub from next Friday evening, July 19, from 6pm.

Matt is well known in the local tourism industry, having previously managed the Norway Inn at Perranarworthal, been assistant manager of the Pandora Inn at Restronguet and also worked at the Nansloe Manor Hotel in Helston and the Halzephron Inn at Gunwalloe.

He will be executive manager, while the kitchen team will be headed up by Matt’s brother Daniel, who is already executive head chef for the other two pubs and has worked as a chef at the likes of the Norway Inn.

They are now in the process of recruiting staff and anyone in the industry interested in joining the team can email for more information.