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.
Bank Holiday incoming! (*prays to the sun gods*) Head for the best spots in the Duchy with our curated pick of the best pubs for supping that spritz.
Lewinnick Lodge seems a world away from the bustling heart of Newquay – and yet it is just few minutes by car (or 20-minute walk) to the town centre – you’ll find this pub/restaurant (with rooms) emerging from the craggy cliffs of Pentire Headland – head to the terrace on the cliff’s edge for the best Atlantic views. Makes a great stop off on a walk, as you can easily step onto the coast path straight from their doorstep.
The Heron Inn, Malpas, Truro
2021’s Muddy-award winning pub has stunning waterside views overlooking the Truro and Tresillian river, and doesn’t just make a good spot for a sun-downer – there are plenty of walks nearby including the riverside walk to the picturesque village of St. Clement, and, set in a SSSI area, is also a bird watchers paradise thanks to the water nearby.
A pint of Doom Bar looking out over the Camel Estuary is a pretty good way to end the week. Dogs welcome on the ground floor, and look out for The Mariners Beach Club events held just over the road on the sand outside Camel Ski School.
Juliet’s Garden, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
2022 marks the 40th anniversary of Juliet’s Garden, just above Porthloo Beach on St Mary’s, and the view out over the glasshouses and across the bay towards Hugh Town is so great we are including it even though it’s strictly speaking not a pub. Just turn up for lunch and afternoon tea / daytime drinks, best to book for the casual evening suppers.
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) and has quickly established itself as a must-visit place.
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.
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
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 Coombe Barton Inn, Crackington Haven
Just the spot to watch the sun sink below the horizon, if you can nab a table outside local’s fave, The Coombe Barton Inn, practically on the beach. They’ve also rather handily have rooms if you decide to make a night of it.
The Pandora Inn, Restronguet Creek
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.
The Gurnard’s Head, West Penwith
You can’t miss the gorse yellow building which shines like a welcome beacon as you drive the winding roads across the rugged Zennor moorland. Inside is all cosy seating and lovely food, but out the back, a spacious beer garden where you can enjoy the sun and watch the cows.