A Cornish pub has transformed itself into a medieval banqueting inn to celebrate its legendary heritage.
The Four Lords in St Blazey Gate near St Austell decided to take inspiration from its own sign hanging outside, and return to its roots by transforming the interior and launching a new Medieval Banquet menu to lure in customers.
The traditionally-run family pub owned by St Austell Brewery is housed in an early 19th century building on the site of a former inn, which became famous as a gambling den popular with four famous lords in Cornwall during the 15th century.
Landlord Ashley Tallon said: “We did some research into why the pub was called the Four Lords, and discovered it was because the four main landowners around here back in those days - Lord Edgcumbe, Lord Rashleigh, Lord Robartes and Lord Tremayne - used to meet in the pub that was here then to gamble.
“We decided to celebrate the heritage of that, and turn the pub into a medieval themed venue to hark back to those days.”
Ashley and his wife Jill transformed the Four Lords interior with heraldry, pennants and swords decorating the walls, as well as creating four large coats of arms for the four Cornish landowning families to which the famous Lords belonged.
And the menu was overhauled to become a permanent Medieval Banquet, offering hearty traditional fare served with a historic flair.
Diners can sit on reclaimed church pews to enjoy a selection of starters, mains and desserts, with main courses including a full rack of barbecue ribs and ‘chicken in the rough’ served on traditional rustic wooden platters and able to be eaten by hand.
The hand-turned walnut and cherry wood platters were created from trees donated by a customer who works as a tree surgeon, and are presented to customers by waitresses wearing traditional ‘wench’ outfits.
As well as the full range of beers and ales on offer at the pub, customers can choose from a selection of strong fruit mead wines, including blackberry, peach, cherry and elderberry mead, served in miniature Cornish glass tankards.
Ashley added: “It’s totally different here now, a very different atmosphere and ambience, lit by candles with medieval artifacts and memorabilia on the walls.
“And the feedback we have had so far has been brilliant. We’re hoping the new menu and look of the pub will attract new customers, as well as being a lot more fun for our locals to enjoy.
“We also hope the medieval banqueting theme will be a hit with holidaymakers, as it’s a real celebration of the Cornish history in this area, and something for all the family to enjoy all year round when they’re visiting this part of the country.”
The Four Lords pub is run by St Austell Brewery, Cornwall’s premier brewery chain which operates more than 170 historic and picturesque pubs, hotels and inns across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.