End Of An Era At Tresco As Landlord Moves To Pastures New

Robin Lawson, landlord of the New Inn on Tresco

Robin Lawson, landlord of the New Inn on Tresco

It’s the end of an era at Tresco’s New Inn. On Monday evening, Landlord Robin Lawson called ‘time’ for one last occasion after 25 years at the pub.

Robin started working there aged 19 and says he “worked his way up” learning his trade, from washing up and wine waiting before taking the most senior role.

Robin wanted to take the position after regular summer holidays to Bryher in the 1970s with his family. All of his siblings have spent time living in Scilly.

Robin says leaving Tresco will be tough because he’s “grown up with the pub.”

He says the New Inn, as the island’s only pub, is a special place.

Robin has fond memories of some of the many celebrities he’s met including Pete Townshend, whom he describes as “friendly” and Bryher-loving Aneka Rice.

Aneka was helping to build a new quay on Bryher as part of her TV series and he drove some sandwiches across in an old dumper truck while the tide was low.

Robin feels he has achieved a lot that he is proud of at the pub, particularly the music and beer festivals he’s organised.

The inn has also won a number of awards over the years, but Robin says it’s really the people he’s met during his time there that he’ll remember.

Life on Tresco will be a “hard act to follow,” he says, and there’s a lot that he’ll miss.

Robin is moving to Truro where he’ll be managing the only pub owned by Cornish brewers Skinners – the Old Ale House which is just off Lemon Quay. He said it was the right time to look at his opportunities and he was keen to take on a new challenge.

Robin’s successor is Robert Leatherbarrow. He’s not a relation to former islands’ resident, the late George Leatherbarrow. Robert is moving to Tresco following a spell at a Michelin-starred hotel and restaurant in the Cotswolds.

Even though Robin is leaving he says he intends to continue with his fundraising ‘Ministry of Scilly Walks’ around the Cornish coast. There wasn’t one this year but he says he wants to arrange one for next May.