Located in Sennen, the most westerly village in mainland Britain and just one mile from Land’s End, the First & Last Inn is one of the most legendary Inns in Cornwall, not only due to its location, but also because of its notorious reputation since the 1600s of being the headquarters of smugglers and wreckers.
The First & Last Inn is thought to have been built about seven centuries ago. The small building next to the Inn, now known as the Saddle & Stable Rooms, may well have been the housing for the donkeys that would carry lanterns across the cliff tops to fool seamen and create many shipwrecks in and around Sennen Cove.
Smuggling was at its peak at the beginning of the 1800s with brandy, silk and tea being amongst the vast range of goods brought in from France. Locals would be warned to face the walls when the smugglers were due to travel through their village so that, if asked, they were able to say that they had not seen a thing.
Secret tunnels and passages were dug by smugglers to evade capture by government officials and the glass covered well that you will see in the inn, known as Annie's Well, is thought to have been one of these.
Hugely popular with ‘End to Enders’ and visitors to Land’s End, Jon Egerton and his passionate team are proud to welcome you to this famous Inn, which is at the heart of the community. In the summer months there is a lovely sheltered garden and new children’s play area at the rear of the pub, and in the winter enjoy the cosy, warm atmosphere provided by low beamed ceilings and two roaring log fires.
Guests can enjoy superb quality food provided by talented Head Chef Adam Davis, formerly of the Gurnard’s Head. Likewise, as part of an ongoing investment programme, the restaurant and bar received an extensive refurbishment between 2014 and 2016, with new head chef Adam Davis also introducing a brand new and ever changing seasonal menu in 2016.
Located just 20 yards from the entrance to the First & Last Inn, the Saddle and Stable Room apartments offer a fantastic conversion of a building steeped in history and tradition. The original history and use of the building (as a Saddle room with stables underneath) is cleverly interpreted through the materials and gentle gestures thoughtfully presented throughout the apartments - an exceptionally high standard, 2 bedroom luxury apartment, known as the saddle room, as well as three fantastically modern & comfortable studio rooms, known as the stable rooms, each with en suite bathroom and kitchenette.