Written by Ivan Edwards |
The Kings pub on Church Street, Falmouth has defended plans to extend its opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays, after being accused of attempting to become more like a nightclub.
The pub and restaurant has had its application for a new licence approved by Cornwall Council today. It means The Kings can now stay open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, the same time as Club International and Mangos.
Kings had originally applied to stay open until 3.30am on Thursdays to Saturdays, with extended openings hours for Mondays as well, before amending its application after consultation with the police and environmental protection.
The Grade II-listed pub is currently open until 2.30am from Thursdays to Saturdays, with last drinks served at 2am. Cornwall Live reported fears that the changes could “in effect turn a public house into a nightclub.”
But Matt Tomsett, manager of The Kings, has defended the plans. He told The Falmouth Anchor: “This is just bringing us in line with other establishments in the town. Essentially we just want parity.”
“We also think it will actually help alleviate some of the congestion in town in the evenings, because what you do tend to see, you get people en masse leaving our place to go to another establishment.”
“We do believe it will help alleviate that, and not have people charging through town to catch a last minute drink elsewhere.”
The pub, originally called The Kings Head, reopened in 2017 after a three-year refurbishment. (Photo: Tim Green/Flickr)
The Council received objections from some residents. One said: “This would be the first pub in Falmouth to operate with a 3am licence. This would set an obvious precedent for other pubs to apply for the same closing times.”
Another resident told the Council: “There are already many nightclubs in a very small area of Falmouth and these attract large numbers of students. Students have no commitment to the area and little awareness of the nuisance they cause to residents by their rowdy, anti-social behaviour on leaving the premises.”
Tomsett denied that Kings could become a nightclub to rival Mangos and Club I, saying: “We’ll always be exactly as we are in that sense. We’re certainly not a nightclub. To start, we’re not large enough.”
He went on to stress that Kings has a strong security presence and worked closely with other drinking establishments in Falmouth to prevent public nuisance.
The addition of a new late-opening venue is likely to be welcomed by students, giving us more options for places to go in town even if the pub doesn’t “turn into a nightclub”.