Fuming tourist in Cornwall slams pubs for being booked for 'next two months' while on holiday

A TOURIST in Cornwall is the latest to complain about their holiday, after being told a nearby pub was booked up for the next two months.

They are the latest in a long string of problems holidaymakers are citing, with Cornwall seeing a huge influx in tourists this year due to international travel bans.

The woman, who went by the name Kay M, complained on TripAdvisor that she was unable to book a table, and had to "scrape something together" at home instead.

She wrote on TripAdvisor, according to Cornwall Live: "Pub not wishing to serve you anything! We visited The Ship Inn hoping to get food only to be told we could neither have food or drink as they were fully booked for at least eight weeks!"

She added that she saw empty tables but were not allowed to use them, and tried other cafes who had either stopped serving food or were too expensive.

While the holidaymaker said she "understood" they were short staffed, she didn't agree with being able to book pubs so far in advance.

She finished: "We had to plan our days around where we could eat, which really did affect our holiday!"

Her complaints follow a wave of problems cited by holidaymakers, including being too busy and too expensive.

One family left their holiday early after saying there was too many people there, going as far as to say Newquay should have been on the travel ban list.

Another tourist slammed the beaches for having too much seaweed while one dad was quoted a whopping £71,000 for a week's holiday in St Ives.

Social media has seen people complain in recent days of the bad experience they've had – one woman wrote: "My parents spent £2k on self catering place in Cornwall. Hated it. Way over crowded, hours in queues and massive price hikes on everything."

According to the BBC, Visit Cornwall has estimated that there are up to 210,000 Brits holidaying in the area – up from the usual 180,000.

Visit Cornwall boss Malcom Bell said: "Visitors are not getting a good experience, locals are frustrated and systems can't cope".

However, Mark Duddridge, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said they don't want to put people off visiting the region.

He said: "We mustn’t demonise tourism. The fact that so many people come to spend their time here in Cornwall gives us such a huge boost and puts us on the map.

“But we also know that if you get it wrong you will damage the offer, it will get too busy. We have to make sure we don’t damage it.”

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