Brew day for Dread-fully Pale at St Austell’s small batch brewery. Left to right are: Rosie Johnstone, Kelly Scullion, Beth Haine, Matt Adams, James Luck, Mark White, Leon Forster


Just a few short months after re-opening, The Pennycomequick pub has already become a firm favourite on the Falmouth ale trail, attracting many with its blend of conviviality, fresh food and great ale.

An even more distinctive experience awaits pub-goers this week with the arrival of the Penny’s specially-crafted, own brand beer, Dread-fully Pale Ale, brewed by the Penny team alongside local brewer Matt Adams and St Austell Brewery legend, Roger Ryman.

Dread-fully Pale AleThe special beer will be available exclusively at the Penny and, as landlord James Luck himself puts it: “It’s a really lovely beer, simple as that. We were having a drink and a chat with Roger and Matt and the idea of making a beer together came up — the rest is history.

“We wanted to make something that shouted Penny, and that’s exactly what we’ve got — an easy-drinking and refreshing, hoppy ale, that’s perfect for the longer summer evenings on the way, and spending time together with mates.”

Adding to the community spirit at the pub, the Penny is now home to an increasingly popular Folk Collective night, every third Tuesday in the month, attracting a wide range of musicians and instruments to create a unique night out for collaborators and spectators alike.

So popular has the night become that the Penny has been added to the list of venues for the forthcoming Hop and Gurdy Fest, kicking off on May 18, the first three-day festival of its kind to be held in the town.

Playing host to Scott Marshall and Keryda on May 18, the wider festival performances range from as far and wide as the USA, Italy and France, alongside a host of workshops and sessions for all ages.

For more information about the Harp and Gurdy Festival, visit cornwallharpngurdy on Facebook. Tickets are available from The Poly Box Office (01326 319461) and online at

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