August 12, 2022

St Austell Brewery's £2m pub refurbishment


Independent, family-owned St Austell Brewery has been brewing beer in Cornwall since 1851.

Most famous for its flagship pale ale, Tribute, St Austell Brewery’s range of award-winning beers – also including Proper Job IPA and korev lager – are available in pubs and supermarkets nationwide.

The business owns and operates over 180 pubs, inns, and hotels across the West Country – including managed houses and tenancies – and two breweries in St Austell and Bath.

St Austell acquired fellow West Country brewer, Bath Ales, in 2016.



St Austell Brewery’s 26 pubs with rooms ooze character, authenticity and charm – characteristics that have always been synonymous with the southwest.

Each of the pubs and inns have distinctive styles, yet all boast unrivalled locations and community spirit.

This summer, St Austell has made some exciting new developments ahead of the staycation season with the renovation of 14th-century Masons Arms in Branscombe, South Devon – one of Britain’s most picturesque villages.



The £2 million investment has revitalised the pub’s timeless, charming features, making it the perfect country escape for locals and tourists alike.

Comprising 28 rooms and a converted cottage, Masons Arms is quintessentially English, with a thatched roof, characterful timber beams, pine cladding and whitewashed walls.

The pub’s well-appointed rooms have views of the beautiful Devon countryside, each of which has been refurbished to the highest standard, masterfully blending the historical with the contemporary.

The rooms and thatched cottage have been redesigned with refreshed and homely interiors and calming, earthy tones to reflect the property’s surroundings.



Public spaces such as the dining rooms have also been redesigned, with warm tones, cosy furnishings and a brand-new private dining space.

The design inspiration behind the new rooms, was centred around creating an inviting, country escape that aligned with the newly renovated trading areas.

The Cottage rooms had so much character and wonderful original features that the team really wanted to enhance by adding rich colours and textures.

The quirky shape of such an old building means that no two rooms are the same.




The atmospheric gastropub downstairs offers a convivial and warm atmosphere for guests to enjoy, as well as sumptuous dishes including fresh seafood and reimagined pub classics.

The provenance of ingredients is central to the Masons Arms’ offering, with produce sourced from local farms and suppliers in the southwest.