Tresco’s New Pub Landlord Settling Into Island Life

tresco new inn signThe new landlord of Tresco’s only pub says he’s looking forward to a change in the pace of life although island living has already thrown up a few challenges.

27-year-old Robert Letherbarrow has moved to Scilly after working at five star hotels in the Cotswolds and Scotland, including the famous Gleneagles.

He’d never visited before his interview but he says when he saw the advert for the job at the New Inn, he leapt at the chance because he feels it will give him more precious time to spend with his 17-month-old son.

He says some friends and relatives were puzzled by his move but very supportive when they realised the benefits of living here.

And Robert isn’t fazed by taking on the combined role of publican, restaurateur and hotelier. He says he’s looking forward to making the New Inn as welcoming as possible for all the guests.

But he says he’s already encountered some problems, such as the slow broadband and the challenges of ordering fresh produce on an island 28 miles from the mainland.

Robert says it takes three days for food to get to Tresco from Penzance, so he’s having to learn to get “ahead of the curve” and order well in advance.

He says he’s also noticed how people know you before you’ve even met them here, but he says that hasn’t been intimidating and everyone’s very friendly and welcoming.

He’s says he’s not planning to make any great changes to the pub, because visitors are very familiar with it.

But he is planning to work on the pavilion, which he says is great in summer but needs to be more warm and welcoming in winter. He’s also continuing with the regular cider and beer festivals, which he feels fit well with the island pub feel.

Robert is keen to make the pub more central to the community and will be doing more to publicise sporting clubs and events like the Tresco Tack.

And he’s keen to get involved himself too.

Robert says he’s a keen cricketer and tennis player and even wants to give gig rowing a go next year.