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The best Cornish pubs for a sundowner

With the sun finally shining, it's time to search out the best pubs in Cornwall for a sundowner - and many have a scenic view too. Aperol Spritz (and Instagram) at the ready.

They’ve been a long time coming: summer, eating out, seeing other human beings. Dream no longer, book yourself a table at one of these and remind yourself what English summers are all about.

The Mariners at Rock

A pint of Doom Bar looking out over the Camel Estuary is a pretty good way to end the week.

The Foxes Revenge, Summercourt, Nr Newquay

This beautiful 400 year old pub set in Carvynick Estate was taken over by new owners Ben and Evie in 2020 (ex Fifteen at Watergate Bay and The Longstore), we look forward to trying their new dishes.

The Bowgie Inn, Crantock

Slap bang between two awesome beaches (Crantock and Polly Joke) is the Bowgie Inn at West Pentire, where the pet-friendly beer garden hits the spot if you’re after a 180-degree sea view. The wild poppies will be coming into flower once we head into May, but the view over the beach and bay makes it one of our favourite coastal pub walks at any time of the year. Serving up a traditional pub menu, using Cornish ingredients where possible, this is not fine dining but the view more than makes up for it. All tables will need to be booked in advance via ResDiary, and food/drink will be ordered via their Bowgie App.

The Watering Hole, Perranporth

Why restrict yourself to a garden when you could visit Cornwall’s only bar to be found right on the beach! Serving drinks from St Austell Brewery and usually food all day, locals and holiday makers alike love the Watering Hole for its location, sunsets and live music.

The Peterville Inn, St Agnes

Pull up a pew at The Peterville Inn, where they are serving a range of food and drinks, including moules, local butcher beef brisket and spring veg risotto primavera, as well as cocktails, plus roasts on a Sunday.

Lula, Hayle

Serving up fresh Cornish seafood and ribs, east coast style, from a wooden shack on the beach at Hayle’s North Quay, Lula‘s has an amazing view over the water making it a great spot to head to for a sundowner.

The Rockpool, Gwithian

The Rockpool is located at one of Cornwall’s best surf spots, nestled between the dunes of Gwithian and Godrevy, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the far end of St Ives Bay. The vibe here is friendly and relaxed – think barefoot and rustic – buzzing with families, friends, surfers and salty seadogs. Expect good food and sun-soaked beachside views

West Beach Porthmeor Cafe, St Ives

Located at the bottom of Porthmeor hill, through the car park then down the steps, West Beach offers an alfresco dining experience with a chance of catching the last of the evening sun while watching the waves. Catch the new fish bar on the middle level, or pizzas downstairs.

The Working Boat, Falmouth

How about a pub you can sail up to? With its own private pontoons and right on Falmouth Harbour (underneath the Greenbank Hotel) the Working Boat is a proper pub serving fifteen beers and ciders on tap including their own Working Boat brew. The pub’s mar-quay on the sea is open to enjoy al fresco dining on the quay whatever the weather, from 10am until 10pm.

The Pandora Inn, Restronguet Creek

Pandora Inn

Cornwall’s Muddy award winning destination pub is this 13th century inn on the edge of Restronguet Creek, not far from from Falmouth. Housed in a beautiful thatched building by the water – the best part is the pontoon, where the children spend hours happily dangling off the side hauling in crabs (you can pick up crabbing gear in the bar). While the kids are happily entertained, you can sip a glass of something chilled in peace and tuck into a small mountain of fresh Cornish crab meat. You could even be fancy and arrive by boat!  If you’re visiting on a weekend, get here early, as parking spots and waterside tables are gold dust.

The Mussel Shoal, Porthleven

Not strictly speaking a pub, but the harbour view is pretty glorious and beer with mussels is a pretty nice way to while away an evening. No bookings, walk in only at this harbourside shack literally on the harbour in Porthleven.

C-Bay Bar/ Bistro, Crantock

Stunning beach views and local food and drinks on their outside patio makes this a popular choice if you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter for an evening drink.

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