Pub Philosophy

Pub Philosophy in the Sticks

Photography by Annabel Elston

The sign of a great freehouseLOCATION
THE TREE INN
STRATTON, BUDE
NORTH CORNWALL

CAST
PETER KIRBY — BIG GOB & LITTLE EARS
KATIE CHOWN — LITTLE GOB & BIG EARS
ANNABEL ELSTON — THE SILENT SNAPPER
BOB & EMMA SEMPLE — THE PUBLICANS
OLLIE GITTINS, HOPPY, PHIL THE FISH, NICK, TRIG, FURSEY BOY, POSTMISTRESS CHRISTINE (PHIL’S OTHER HALF), FRED COPELAND, KIAN, PHILIP JACKSON, HEATHER & TIM, CHARLIE FROM BEHIND THE BAR, CHARLIE’S FOLKS, THE TREEHOUSE BAND, THE ELSTON CLAN, AND BELLA & BRODIE, THE RESIDENT LABRADORS — LOCALS/REGULARS

The outside bar has seen many a chinwagHoppy and Phil the fish swap stories with Peter Kirby

PUB PHILOSOPHY IN THE STICKS

In early 2012 we spent an evening at The Tree Inn in Stratton on the north Cornwall coast near the border. It was quite a night with some great characters who told us stories you couldn’t make up and a band that had us dancing like fools after midnight. We awoke with sore but happy heads and a book full of scrawled notes about the local area. The next day, we chased up as many of their tips and must-sees
as we could before dusk. If the pub is the hub, then The Tree Inn is the epicentre of all things good within a half-hour radius. On behalf of Bob, Emma and everyone at The Tree Inn, we give you 24 hours out and about in Stratton, Bude and beyond.

Harmonicas catch their breath between songsOllie Gittins, man of many yarns

"A pub’s not just about drinking. Work happens in a pub. You meet people who teach you things. Learn to spoof, my father said, and you’ll never be skint in a pub again.”

Phil the Fish and Hoppy THE TREE INN REGULARS on how life works

Charlie the barman talks chickens

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