Members of the Liskeard community and visitors alike have expressed sadness following the news that two village pubs within a few miles of each other are both to close their doors due to the spiralling cost of living.
The Victoria Inn at Pensilva and Crows Nest Inn in Darite both made closure announcements within the last week or so. A statement from The Victoria Inn said: “Unfortunately due to the current economic climate and rising costs the pub shall be closed permanently from today.
“We would like to thank all the people that have been in and supported us, we would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.”
The news was greeted with widespread sadness, with many praising both the food and the service at the pub.
Hils Mackay wrote: “Huge shame, cracking carvery.”
Steve Barwis added: “Such a great shame, a pity the pub wasn’t supported as well as it could have been.
“Thank you for the great times we have had over the last 10 odd years. Your energy and endless effort and financial investment to keep a village pub going are commendable. Good luck to you all with your next venture.”
A similar announcement was made by the Crows Nest Inn on Wednesday. It read: “We’ve been avoiding this day for as long as possible but tonight will be our last night opening the Crows Nest.
“Economic circumstances and changes in our personal circumstances have left us no choice but to close now.
“It’s been an amazing four years that wouldn’t have been possible if we didn’t have the amazing customers and staff past / present (too many to name but you know you are all heroes)
“To continue having the amazing food we provided you’ll have to head to horizon farm shop where Liam has taken the helm.
“It’s been great, and in the words of Douglas Adams ‘So long, and thanks for all the fish’.”
Again, pub visitors were quick to express their shock and sadness at the news. Nikki Leng wrote: “So sorry to see you go but wish you all the best for the future. We’ve had some great times with you. Thank you.”
Sarah Jane Williamson said: “So sorry to read this. You’ve been a wonderful local – best food and best kept beer in our humble opinion. All the very best for the future.”
David Reynolds added: “Best of luck to you both in chosen future careers. The food has always been superb, and you will be a great loss to the community.”
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