Chain locker- Restoration
The Chain Locker, located on Falmouth’s historic quayside is believed to be one of Falmouth’s oldest buildings. Cornwall Catering Equipment were entrusted with the design and Installation of the New kitchen and to be a part of the spectacular restoration to the whole building.
The Kitchen was designed to maximise space to help cater for more covers than the old kitchen and all within the constraints of the building. The New kitchen featured some of the latest in Induction technology as well as being fitted with Fryers, refrigerated units, dish wash area, a Chargrill and a 10 Grid Rational Combination Oven to name but a few. The whole kitchen was fitted out with the latest in smart cooking technology even down to the small appliances such as the Robot Coupe Food mixers & Stick Blenders. All the work tops & storage units were fabricated specifically to fit into the old building and to make the most of the 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.
Work on the restoration and refurbishment of the St Austell Brewery pub on Custom House Quay was delayed because of some “remarkable” archaeological finds and due to the remedial work needed being greater than originally thought.
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, including 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 retaining the ambience that locals and visitors love.
The Chain Lockers- History
The quayside bar famous the world over was named the Chain Locker for a very good reason. Labourers who worked the coal schooners, coastal traders and coal carts around the quay in the early years were paid in a small room on the seaward side which 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, who took over the pub in 1941 said the Chain Locker was a dirty part of the ship and he thought the bar should be called the Chain Locker – 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