Chain locker Restoration
The Chain Locker, located on Falmouth’s historic quayside is believed to be one of Falmouth’s oldest buildings. We were entrusted with the design and Installation of the New kitchen, also to be part of the spectacular restoration to the building.
Latest in Induction Technology
The Kitchen was designed to maximise space to help cater for more covers than the old kitchen. While working within the constraints of the building. The New kitchen featured some of the latest in Induction technology. In addition we installed Fryers, refrigerated units, a Chargrill and a 10 Grid Rational Combination Oven and much more.
Furthermore the whole kitchen was fitted out with the latest in smart cooking technology even down to the small appliances. We supplied Food mixers & Stick Blenders from the food preparation specialists Robot Coupe. Finally all the work tops & storage units were fabricated specifically to fit into the old building. This ensured that we made the most of the limited space available.
We were privileged to be part of this historic event, which will go down in history along with the incredible Archaeological finds unearthed during the restoration.
Remarkable Archaeological Finds
Work on the restoration and refurbishment of the St Austell Brewery pub were delayed because of some “remarkable” archaeological finds. Some aspects of the old place have changed, due to some unexpected discoveries behind the century old plasterwork.
This historic listed building was thought to be 18th to early 19th century in date. But recording by CAU has revealed that the origins of the building may go back as far as the late 17th century.
Not only is the building older than first imagined, but some of the earliest features of the place are still in situ. This includes an original earth and hair plaster-bounded wall, a timber partition wall featuring hand-painted wallpaper and a stone-built fireplace.
Many of these unearthed finds have now been restored and feature with in the building to keep that historical feel. On the ground floor the original bar has been refreshed and brought back to its former glory.
The Chain Lockers- History
The quayside bar famous the world over was named the Chain Locker for a very good reason. Coal schooners and coastal traders around the quay in the early years were paid in a small room on the seaward side. This is now part of the public bar. Covered in coal dust and grime the men were paid by the stevedore Mr Jimmy St Ledger, who sat behind a zinc covered table in the pub. The Late Jock Drennan, the most well-known landlord, took over the pub in 1941. He said the Chain Locker was a dirty part of the ship and he thought the bar should be called the Chain Locke. The rest is history!!!
Captains of well-known ships including Captain Dan Parker of the tug Turmoil, waterfront characters, lifeboat men, salvage tug masters all frequented the hostelry where the ale was second to none.
Closing time was something to be remembered. The fog horn would sound, bells rang out, somebody blew into a sea shell and a ship’s telegraph was rung Full Away –
Happy days which will be remembered well.
St Austell Brewery