A PUB in Camborne is now under new ownership with refurbishment plans already under way.
Sue and Simon Vickery have taken over The Old Shire Inn at Camborne.
Experienced restaurateurs, the couple own hotel and restaurant The Inn for all Seasons, based in Redruth.
As competitors, Sue and Simon had been familiar with The Old Shire Inn and could see the site’s potential as a traditional pub restaurant. When the opportunity arose to purchase it, they saw this as the perfect time to take their planned second venture forward.
Mr Vickery said: “This is an exciting time for us as there is so much potential within The Old Shire Inn.
“My advice to anyone thinking about expanding their business would be to just do it – the finance really is out there, you just need to have that faith.”
A refurbishment of the main restaurant area is under way with more major structural work in planning stages as the new owners look to relocate the bar into a more central spot.
Alongside extending the pub’s outdoor seating area, the family are creating three new letting rooms within The Old Shire Inn to take advantage of tourist trade as well as build on their local customer base.
With their daughter Jess, the Vickerys worked with Elizabeth Stansfield, Senior Relationship Manager at NatWest’s Truro branch, to secure the funding to purchase The Old Shire Inn.
The funding was part of NatWest’s Leisure Fund a £150 million fund to support investment for the leisure industry launched earlier this year as well as the Government’s Funding For Lending scheme.