Cornwall’s Silo Bar is an open-air farmhouse disco that’s fast becoming the place to go

What started as a bar set up on a family farm to pass the time during the first lockdown is now one of the places to go in Cornwall. Bar Silo has become a sensation in recent months – a family-friendly outdoor nightclub with live music, DJs and great food.

The venue started as an ‘accident’ in 2020 when the Andrews family, who run South Torfrey Farm in Golant, near Fowey, decided to turn a disused grain silo into a bar thanks to resident engineer and carpenter Matt. The idea was for it to be a place where the family relaxes and enjoys a few beers. However, over time it became a meeting place for their friends, before being opened to the public. As the majority are outdoors, they were able to operate during the pandemic.

The whole family soon got involved – Joe helped organize the music and craft beer element, Rose became bar manager, Kit (who goes by the name Cornish Potter and took part in The Great Pottery Throw Down) created the ceramics and the toilets, and Charlie is the gardener. The family has collaborated with Kim Evans of Kim’s Kitchen to provide the food and menus, and celebrity DJ and musician Cat La Chappelle is the event organizer.

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Cat, who performed with Clean Bandit, shared a stage with The Who’s Roger Daltrey and even hosted a party for Arnold Schwarzenegger, told CornwallLive: “It just started as a family project to keep us busy, but then we started a few low key events like acoustic parties and now it’s become a weekly live music event every Friday with up to 200 people It’s like a family nightclub – if you go to a normal club, you probably wouldn’t want to be with your mum, but it’s fine here.”

This is unique for Cornwall as the bar and toilets are made of silos next to a barn with a craft bar, stage and lighting. There’s also a courtyard, fire pit and sail cover, so it’s an outdoor location where you can also be under cover if the infamous Cornish weather hits. The venue will be expanded on Friday April 22, when their biggest night yet – a concert by popular Plymouth band Mad Dog Mcrea – will see an audience of 300. Other upcoming events include Garage DJ Artful Dodger and Wille and the Bandits, as well as regular Cat’s Beats & Burgers disco parties.

Bar Silo is a family run ‘nightclub’ on a farm in Cornwall

One fan told CornwallLive: “Bar Silo is incredibly cool – and really unique. This is one of the coolest places I’ve been to in Cornwall in a while, if you’re looking for some real buzz at a bargain price. Even the toilets are incredibly cool – which really says a lot about everything you need to know. Did I say that was cool?

It’s the most exciting thing to happen in Golant since the days when you could share a pint with Robert Plant, the Gallagher brothers and Muse in the Fishermans Arms. It’s much quieter from the heyday of nearby Sawmills Studio.

The next event at Bar Silo, which is also a licensed wedding venue, is a concert by electroacoustic band Drifta on April 8, followed by Bristol’s The Scribes on April 15. For more details, check the venue’s Facebook page or website.

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