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The Old Albion Inn is situated within the attractive North Cornish village of Crantock, which dates back to 460 AD, and lies to the south of the River Gannel. Large parts of the parish area are in ownership of the National Trust and the area is highly regarded for it’s dramatic scenery and beaches.

The Old Albion Inn itself is approximately 400 years old. As the Albion Inn, it was closed in 1874. In 1902, part of the building was destroyed by fire and in 1946, its license renewed, it began trading again as the Old Albion Inn.

An entrance to a smugglers hole which passes under the village and is now blocked in for safety’s sake, may be found under the blue stone fireplace in the lounge, originally the kitchen. Both main fireplaces have an original pasty oven, and until a few years ago the house drew its water from a deep well under the old bar.

The name Albion derives from a ship probably in this case a schooner built in the Gannel shipyard a mile or so away, in the days when Crantock was a prosperous sea port.

The Old Albion Inn retains the character and ambiance of the village pub, steeped in history and nestles in the heart of Crantock. We are sure that you will enjoy its fine food, real ales and hospitality!

History Of Crantock

Crantock (Cornish: Lanngorrow) is a coastal civil parish and a village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is approximately two miles (3 km) southwest of Newquay.

Crantock dates back to 460 AD when a group of Irish hermits founded an oratory there. The village lies to the south of the River Gannel which forms a natural boundary between the parishes of Newquay and Crantock. The River Gannel is tidal and ferries operate on a seasonal basis from Fern Pit to Crantock Beach. The River Gannel runs along Crantock Beach and joins the Atlantic Ocean. The village can be reached from the A3075 road via the junction at Trevemper.

Large parts of the parish are now in the ownership of the National Trust, including West Pentire headland which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest noted for its wild flowers and rare plants.

The older part of the village is situated around its church which is dedicated to St Carantoc, founder of the village. At one time the parish was known as Langurroc which translates as – The Dwelling of Monks. There is a Langurroc Road in the village. Langurroc was infamously (among locals) covered up in a sandstorm and may well lie beneath the sand dunes which back Crantock Beach.

St Carantoc’s Church was founded in Norman times and was originally cruciform, but was reconstructed in the 14th and 15th centuries: restoration was carried out by E. H. Sedding in 1899–1902. The font is Norman and the rood screen is much restored. The church was collegiate from ca. 1236 to the Reformation.

In 2006, the village held its second annual “big bale push” involving locals pushing tightly packed straw cylinders around the roads of the village, which are closed for the event. Crantock now holds the Guinness record for bale pushing.

More information on Crantock can be found here: Crantock – Wickipedia