ONE of Truro’s most popular pubs has closed. The husband-and-wife team behind The Wig & Pen on Frances Street blamed “continually rising costs” for their decision.

In a statement on social media, Tom and Lara Trubshaw said: “It’s with very heavy hearts that after two and a half years at the Wig & Pen, we let you all know we’ve made the extremely difficult decision to move on from managing the pub and have closed the site with immediate effect.

“The combination of high tax rates, energy bills and other continually rising costs means despite looking at every possible option, we are left with no choice but to call time at the bar.

“A huge thank you to all our fantastic team and customers with whom we’ve shared this journey - it was brilliant, truly.”

The Grade 2 listed pub has been at the heart of the city for nearly 200 years, initially as The Star Inn but renamed in the 20th century to reflect its location near the crown courts. 

Followers reacted with dismay. “You made the pub look amazing, and your food was top-notch,” said Hannah Mantle. “We have lost the pub we love most in Truro,” added Emma Skilton.

“The Wig” is now back in the hands of St Austell Brewery. The Trubshaws are also behind The Peterville in St Agnes, named England's Best Pub at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence last month and Pub of the Year in the 2023 Cornwall Tourism Awards. The Peterville remains unaffected by the closure of The Wig & Pen.