Paul and Emma Ainsworth have acquired the lease of The Mariners in Rock, Cornwall, in a joint venture with Sharp’s Brewery.

It follows the departure of Nathan Outlaw last month after five years at The Mariners, which is located across the Camel Estuary from Ainsworth’s four other businesses in Padstow.

The pub is currently closed for its annual break and will re-open in early spring under the Ainsworths.

Ainsworth said: “Emma and I are thrilled to be taking over The Mariners in partnership with Sharp’s Brewery. When the opportunity arose, we knew straight away that we had to take it. 2019 will very much be the ‘discovery phase’ – learning what works and what doesn’t – with a refurbishment planned for 2020.

“Nathan has done a fantastic job over the past five years and we certainly have big shoes to fill. We’re incredibly excited for what the future holds and are committed to ensuring the long-term success of The Mariners and keeping this Cornish jewel a destination for the local community and holidaymakers alike.”

Ed Hughes, beer sommelier at Sharp’s, said: “We are hugely excited to announce our new partnership with Paul and Emma Ainsworth at The Mariners. Paul and his team have been great supporters of Sharp’s Brewery over the years and we can’t wait to work together on this new joint venture. We at Sharp’s are committed to producing quality beer from our brewery in Rock, just a mile up the road from the iconic Mariners pub. We also happily acknowledge that our skills and expertise lie in brewing beer so, to have such an amazing team running the front of house and the kitchen is a dream come true.

“I know the importance of The Mariners to the local community as I myself grew up nearby and, together with Paul and his team, I can’t wait to welcome people through the doors when we reopen in spring. With stunning views of our home on the Camel Estuary, there’s nowhere better to enjoy great beer and great food with friends.”