There has been great sadness all round today after another family owned village pub in Cornwall announced it was closing.

The owners of the Basset Arms in Portreath made the announcement in a post on the pub's Facebook page today.

Eric and Sue said it was with "great sadness" that they have had to announce that the pub will cease trading tomorrow November 21.

They said they had done everything they could to prevent this but the last few years had been "unbelievably tough, financially and health wise".

"We have been supported tremendously well over the years, by our local community, holiday makers, friends & family which we cannot thank enough, however our outgoings are nothing short of astronomical & we literally have nothing left to continue,2 they said in the announcement.

"We have had 16 truly wonderful years here at the Basset, which makes it even harder to say goodbye to the life we have lived for so long. To have to say goodbye to our loyal locals who we consider our friends and to our amazing staff, to our whole Basset family, will be heartbreaking.

"Portreath, we cannot thank you all enough. The memories we have made over the years will last a lifetime….if these walls could talk."

They are inviting everyone down for a farewell drink tomorrow evening with the doors closing for the last time at 11pm.

The news of its closure has been met with great sadness on social media.

Amanda Mugford posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that she was "very sad" to hear about the closure of her lovely pub.

"I've so many happy and fun memories there since I was a child. Devastated for Eric & Sue and the Local community," she said.

On Facebook Andy Jenrick said: "This has come as a real shock. No one other than you will know the issues and problems faced by pubs in Cornwall. As Linda said, we always loved coming to the Basset Arms Portreath and you will be truly missed. I wish you well in whatever you do next and Thank You for running such a great and welcoming pub."


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Pubs throughout the UK and particularly Cornwall have been struck really hard over the past few years, first by the pandemic and then astronomical costs.

A number of pubs have announced they are closing recently. The Golden Lion in Stithians announced it was closing at the end of October and in the same month West Cornwall Inns announced it was being forced to close all four of his pubs due to the current economic climate.

The company ceased trading on Sunday, October 22 leading to the closure of the Queen's Arms at Breage, Henlys in Helston, the Fire Engine at Marazion and The Coldstreamer at Gulval on that date.

  • This article previously referenced the 'Portreath Arms' as being close to the beach in Portreath, instead of the Basset Arms. This was not intended to suggest the Portreath Arms was among the list of pubs that are closing, or have closed in recent months. We are happy to confirm that the Portreath Arms is still trading successfully and is not closing, and we apologise for this typing error.