THE manager of a village pub has moved into Penzance to take up the reins of a busy town-centre café bar.
Harry Penhaul, who was at the Coldstreamer in Gulval for four and a half years and also managed the Dolphin Tavern and the Gurnard's Head, is now overseeing the running of The Vault in Market Place.
He says he is looking forward to the challenge of building on what is already a successful business; indeed, one of his first jobs after starting at The Vault was to pick up a Best Bar None award.
"At the Coldstreamer we were taking on a pub which was dying, but The Vault is already doing well so it's more a question of tweaking a few things," he said.
"It's very well used throughout the day, from breakfasts and coffees in the morning all the way through our lunchtime meals, afternoon teas and the early and later evening trade.
"On the drinks side, we've made some small changes to the cocktail menu, bringing in some classic recipes, and we're hoping to introduce some craft beers.
"We're also making some minor changes to the menu, launching a dessert menu and some lighter bar snacks and tapas in the evening."
However, perhaps the biggest change will see Harry and his team improving the garden area before the start of the summer season.
"When I had time off from the Coldstreamer I used to use the beer garden, which is one of the best in Penzance as it gets the sun all afternoon," he said. "We're going to increase the size of the decking area, freshen the whole area up with new umbrellas and introduce some more greenery." Other regular features – live bands on Fridays and Saturdays, a chilli and beer night on Thursdays, Wednesday quizzes and a deal offering a shared platter with a bottle of wine on Tuesdays – will remain.
Owner Robert Matthews said he was delighted to be welcoming Harry on board.
"He's a great acquisition for us," he said. "He's shown how to successfully run a food and drink business and we're sure he'll do a great job here."