VIDEO: Perranporth’s Watering Hole weathers storm Brigid
HUNDREDS of drinkers threw caution to the wind and spent Saturday evening in Perranporth’s bar on the beach as “Storm Brigid” raged around them outside.
Despite the conditions, more than 300 people weathered the gale force winds and high tide in the Watering Hole while watching the 6 Nations.
The pub, which undergoing a routine refurbishment work, was left largely unharmed by the storm.
Tom Job, manager at the Watering Hole, said: “The waves were above head height and we were all worried as the position of the pub means that the tide sweeps behind the back of the building.
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“But all the staff were aware of safety precautions and exit routes and no one was injured to my knowledge.”
Mr Job, who has grown up in Perranporth said that Saturday’s storm was the worst he has ever seen.
He added: “We had gale force winds and the swell was just something else – I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The Watering Hole, which claims to be the only pub situated on a beach in the UK, was left perched on a cliff of sand after earlier storms in January.
Saturday’s weather increased the sand wall and ripped the door from the building, leaving the much loved institute precariously vulnerable to further damage.
But Mr Job has reassured regulars that the Watering Hole didn’t sustain any permanent structural damaged and added that the business will be looking to invest in some sea defences for the bar.
The pub is currently receiving a facelift and is not being emptied in preparation of tomorrow’s gigantic waves as other media outlets are reporting.
Bob Job, owner of the Watering Hole, said: “That tweet was a result of my son’s odd sense of humour, we currently refurbishing the bar which coincidently comes at this time of bad weather.”
The pub will be open for business as usual this weekend.