Barman, James Heard, serves Rattler to Mark Spear whilst fellow regular, Yvonne Cooper, opts for Prosecco.
Tyacks’ newly refurbished Unicorn Bar is open. Costing around £100,000 to complete, it’s clearly worth every penny.
The door now opens directly into the room, which has been transformed to create a brighter, warmer, more welcoming environment. The bar has been extended and fitted with an extra till to speed up service and the optics have been removed and replaced with LED-lit shelves. There are new seating areas – including booths for families during the day time and groups in the evening – and the televisions have been upgraded to improve picture quality and performance.
Complementing the new look is a new menu offering light bites, gourmet burgers, a chargrilled selection, sizzler menu and rich desserts. There is also a new drinks menu. The bar no longer sells Carlsberg, John Smiths and Fosters but offers Prosecco, Strongbow Cloudy Apple and has San Miguel on draft, which will be sold in frosted glasses. Another new feature is a cocktail menu made up of well-known drinks but with a new Cornish name.
Tyacks’ owner, Sam Bowen, said: “We wanted to make the bar lighter and more inviting and hopefully we’ll attract a more varied daytime clientele. Making the bar more efficient was also a priority – we wanted to speed up service and give staff more room to move around.
“I’m really happy with the results and the opening night was a huge success – we were packed. I’m also happy we’ve managed to make the improvements but keep the history of the pub, hence the new name of the bar.”
Tyacks is reputed to be the oldest pub in Camborne, dating back to 1677 when it was a coaching hotel and inn called The Unicorn. During the renovation work, Sam insisted the original oak flooring in the main part of the room and the slate floor in the area known as the ‘pig pen’ were maintained and preserved. These two features, together with the original granite pillars complement the contemporary refurbishments.
Other improvements are ongoing. Scaffolding has gone up for the roof replacement and ten bedrooms have recently been refurbished with new en-suite facilities. The five remaining rooms are being upgraded to premium accommodation.