World’s first waterfall-powered pub opens for business

Carlsberg UK has launched a carbon neutral pub in Cornwall, which will be powered by hydro and solar technology.

The  ‘Carlsberg Cabin’ pub is located at Kudhva – a wild camping experience near Tintagel in North Cornwall and has been designed to sleep up to six people.

Using only locally sourced building materials, Carlsberg teamed up with award winning architect, Ben Huggins, who designed and engineered the infamous three-legged, asymmetrical hideaway camping pods at Kudhva, to create the cabin.

‘The inspiration for the design of the Carlsberg Cabin is a ‘Danish’ re-imagining of the iconic Cornish engine houses you see in Poldark,’ said Mr Huggins.

‘The original engine houses were built of stone and pumped water from the tin mines, now we’ve translated that iconic design into a lightweight frame structure but this time pumping beer.

‘The remote off-grid nature of the quarry location required the use of both solar PV and hydro-electricity to power the Carlsberg DraughtMaster that consistently delivers the perfect chilled pint,’ added Mr Huggins.

For the build, Carlsberg brought together six strangers from around the UK who wanted to immerse themselves in the ‘Danish Way’.

By inviting strangers to build the Carlsberg Cabin, the project sought to build relationships between them, build individual character and live in the moment.

They led the construction of the Carlsberg Cabin, under supervision, during the seven-day build in which they made new friends and learned new skills in the process.

You can see the story of their experiences during the build in this video:


‘We wanted to build an off-the-grid pub that allowed people in the UK to live the Danish Way and escape the busyness of daily life,’ said Carlsberg’s marketing vice president, Liam Newton.

‘We’re extremely proud to be able to launch the world’s first pub powered by a waterfall. The Carlsberg Cabin was part of a project, Build the Danish Way, to bring an element of the Danish way of life to the UK.

‘We want to provide space for quality conversation whilst taking in a view to take your breath away and a crisp, cold pint of Carlsberg Expørt with friends. We hope people enjoy staying at the Carlsberg Cabin and embrace living the Danish Way.’

Stays at the Carlberg Cabin can be booked via AirBnB.

Photos by George Fielding


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