THE REDESIGN of a popular Marazion pub, which will see the biggest investment from the St Aubyn's Estate for many years, is well under way.
The Godolphin Arms is having a £2 million makeover, which will see the pub and restaurant overhauled for the first time in 15 years.
Lord and Lady St Levan of St Aubyn's Estate, which oversees the pub, have had a hands-on role in the transformation, from helping to pick paint to working with the designers.
"It's a very personal project. It's the biggest investment the company has made for a long time so it needs to be a big success," said Lady St Levan.
"I think it's a real vote of confidence for Marazion. It's on an upward trajectory. It's got a lot going for it."
The refurbishment includes a two-storey glass extension, a new reception area as well as a much improved kitchen which has doubled in size.
Lord St Levan, chairman of the estate, said: "We get a lot of tourists down here, but we want to build up our local market as well. We want it to be a destination of choice for local people."
Around 30 people, most from Cornish Heritage Builders, are currently working on site to get the premises ready for the opening at the end of March.
Building manager, Garry Earley, who has worked with the St Aubyn family and estate for more than 20 years, said everyone involved had worked well together and so far the build was on schedule.
Many of the staff from the pub have been kept on while the redesign is under way and have worked in different roles across the St Aubyn's Estate, including taking calls on reception and taking tours to the mount.
Robin Collyns, who manages the Godolphin Arms with his wife, Angela, said they didn't realise the scale of the project and were excited to see it progress.
"We are making sure, from a customer's viewpoint, it all works. We have started work developing our training programme, which will be really vital. It's going to be so exciting; I think we are going to be so busy," said Mr Collyns.
A new head chef will be installed at the pub and a new menu created.
Mr Collyns said it was important that customers continue to receive top service when the pub reopens. "In terms of the welcome it will still be the same. I just think it will open it up to a whole new market and improve our offering."
The Godolphin Arms is due to reopen on March 30.