Locals and holidaymakers alike have reacted to the closure of another beloved pub in Cornwall.

Earlier this week the owners of the Basset Arms in Portreath announced the pub's closure due to financial and health hardships.

In a statement they described the past few years as "unbelievably tough, financially and health wise", adding that their outgoings now were "astronomical".

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This announcement added the Basset Arms to the growing list of pubs in Cornwall and across the UK that have closed their doors due to economic struggles exacerbated by the pandemic.

The news was met with shock and sadness on the Packet's Facebook page, underlining a broader concern over the challenges facing British pubs.

Graham Lian Rowland said: "Whenever we come to Cornwall, we always made a point of stopping at the Bassett for something to eat and drink. Sad to see it go."

Karl Jarvis added: "Breweries need to do more to help with beer prices and rents; pubs will be like museums or tourist attractions the way it's going".

The closure seems to be part of a broader concern among locals.

Franklin Williams said: "Shame - it’s a lovely pub. I’m sure it’ll make a nice house for some developer as that seems to be the fate of most pubs these days."

Some comments noted the pub's excellent atmosphere and enjoyable past experiences.

Joy Aspden described it as an "absolutely lovely pub", while Julia Williams said she had "so many happy memories with my late husband."

Jason Charleston pointed the finger at the travel and tourism industry for "destroying another vibrant community."

Meanwhile, Jon King warned: "A village without a pub is a breeding ground for mental health issues."

Describing himself as a former landlord, Martin Lee explained in detail where he believes the issue lies. He wrote: "I am an ex publican (thank goodness!). If a brewery can find someone to take on a pub at a certain rent they will jump at the chance. They can then charge them a much higher price for the beer if they are tied.

"Next, pubs are just not being used, because of the above. Potential clients are drinking from home at supermarket prices.

"So if you are thinking of taking on a pub then make one simple calculation; take your rent and divide by 52. If you think you can afford this every week and still make a profit, pay a really careful note on seasonality in places like Cornwall."