St Austell invests £2m in 14th century pub

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Big investment: the Mason Arms revamp will create 15 new jobs
Big investment: the Mason Arms revamp will create 15 new jobs

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Brewer and pub operator St Austell Brewery is ploughing £2m into the refurbishment of the 14th century Masons Arms pub in Branscombe, Devon.

St Austell Brewery said the pub will be renovated and ready to reopen before Easter. It will also create 15 new jobs including roles available such as front-of-house and back-of-house staff, chefs and housekeepers.

The Masons Arms has 28 rooms, which are dog friendly, and a converted cottage, low-beamed ceilings, pine cladding, whitewashed walls and a log fire.

Refurbishment plans

As part of the refurbishment plans, each of the rooms, including the converted thatched cottage, will be redesigned with “refreshed and homely interiors, with calming and earthy tones throughout”. The brewer added shared spaces such as the dining rooms will also be redesigned with “dark and warm tones and decorated with plenty of cosy furnishings, including a private dining space and comfy seating throughout the bar and dining area”.

St Austell Brewery people and communications director Tamsyn Allington said: “We are delighted to be investing in the future of the Masons Arms, an iconic country inn which has always been popular with our locals and – thanks to its beautiful location – attracts visitors from far and wide.”

Passionate team members

Allington continued: “Our people are right at the heart of everything we do, and we’re always on the lookout for passionate and talented team members to help us deliver unforgettable experiences in our pubs. At St Austell, we’re committed to nurturing and releasing the potential of our people and are proud to be in a position to offer great career opportunities in Branscombe and across the south-west – one of the most beautiful regions of the UK.”

Established in 1851, St Austell operates more than 180 pubs, inns and hotels across the West Country – including managed houses and tenancies. Its key beers include Tribute Pale Ale, Proper Job IPA and Korev lager.

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