A total overhaul has given a new lease of life to one of Cornwall best known inns. The Norway Inn on the main Falmouth to Truro road provides employment for 28 local staff, seven being chefs.

Situated at Perranarworthal, the Norway Inn used to be the stopping off point for the crews of Norwegian ships bringing timber to help shore up Cornish tin mines.

As far back as 1791, when the River Kennal was considerably deeper than it is today, ships would dock at Perran Wharf and unload their cargo, with the crews slaking their thirst at this much-welcomed watering hole!

In more recent years, damage caused by continuous river flooding has caused problems to the pub and when St Austell Brewery bought the pub last year they set about curing the trouble and restoring the hostelry.

New landlords are Neville and Enid Andrews from Padstow, where they have been running the Shipwrights.

Jim Sloan, retail manager for St Austell Brewery, said: "This is a beautiful pub with a great history and ambience. Now that the flooding problem has been resolved, our location on the main Truro to Falmouth road is superb."