Friday Fun: The anonymous letter box


While I was in Falmouth I found a letterbox in a pub/bookshop called Beerwolf Books (yes, a pub and bookshop in one, how awesome!)

letterbox in Falmouth

anonymous letterboxThis is what it says on top:

“Dear Anonymous Reader,
I would like to invite you to release any emotions you’ve bottled up.
This is an opportunity to confide your thoughts and opinions you’ve hidden from others.
Maybe there are habits and obsessions that bother you, secret desires or things you’ve changed about yourself to be accepted or to stand out from others.
No judgement will be passed, be as creative as you wish.
Everything will remain anonymous.
Thank you.
Love from Anonymous.”

I loved the idea of people coming into this quaint little pub to buy second hand books and drink ale and sit in cosy corners and write letters to the Anonymous Postbox while spilling their deepest secrets and darkest desires. If this postbox could talk, I’m sure it would have some stories to tell.beerwolf books

the drinks table


enjoy a book

We were in this pub on a Saturday night and were fighting to find stools and somewhere to place them among the rowdy crowd. After about 5 minutes we realised that no one had drinks and virtually everyone in the pub was sat down which felt a bit strange. There wasn’t a seat in sight but there were plenty of lonely tables with no chairs around them. We put it down to the fact that everyone in the pub was probably a poor student and couldn’t afford a drink but there was a really strange and excitable atmosphere. It felt a bit like at school when everyone knew there was going to be a fight on the playground. Eyes were twitching in all directions, waiting to see who would make the first move.

And then, seemingly out of nowhere, about half the people in the tightly packed pub stood up and an almighty drumming, chanting and whistling began. They’d hidden huge drums beneath the tiny tables and suddenly the pub was alive with music.

I spent a few minutes stunned and confused. Two minutes ago we were sat in a sleepy seaside pub and now it was going crazy. They played for long enough for everyone to process what was going on and start dancing along before announcing that they were collecting money for a school on a tiny Indonesian island. It turned out that to be Flores, a place I visited and fell in love with in 2011 and it was strange to be reminded of my time there in such an unexpected place.

This was one of the reasons I loved my weekend in Falmouth, it seemed like every couple of hours I’d get another lovely surprise.


  1. Salika Jay 8 years ago

    This is something you don’t see or find everyday. Interesting idea and kind of strange too. I’m sure I’d be confused if the place comes alive with music all of a sudden. Sounds like a nice place.

  2. Kayli 8 years ago

    This sounds amazing! I now have a newfound desire to travel here. Someday! Thanks for another great post 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Glad you enjoyed it Kayli. There were lots of little hidden gems in Falmouth that made it well worth visiting.

  3. Shalu Sharma 8 years ago

    This is so interesting. I like the idea of anonymous letter posting, just get it out of the system. I like the idea of drinking and writing letters to the anonymous postbox at the same time.

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Me too! I’m sure you’d be more thoughtful and truthful in those letters too.

  4. Arianwen 8 years ago

    I’ve seen books in pubs before, but not to this extent, and usually, no one is reading them! I like it though. Perhaps Waterstones should start serving beer…

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Ha, that would be amazing! I’m sure people would buy more if they’d had a few pints.

  5. I can’t believe you got to see a flash mob! So jealous. Love the idea of a pub and bookshop. Hopefully those books don’t just get used as coasters.

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Oh no, there were strict instructions to leave drinks on a table while you browse the books. I love the idea of being able to browse at your own pace and sit down and read a few pages before you buy it. You don’t feel pressured to rush which is lovely!

  6. Scarlett 8 years ago

    I LOVE the letter ox idea, and a pub come bookshop sounds right up my street – I’ll have to pay a visit xx

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      If you’re ever in Falmouth you definitely should. It’s one of those hidden away little pubs but well worth hunting down.

  7. Victoria Ellen Lee 8 years ago

    I love this pub- I’ve only been to Falmouth once but this place was pretty much my favourite part of the trip (err, along with Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop…) There’s something about mixing book shelves and wine that makes me unnecessarily happy! Hope you had a great trip.

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      That’s so nice to hear that someone else loved this pub. And I agree, wine + books = instant happiness.

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