Local pubs with gardens
All of these delightful Cornwall pubs and inns with airy open spaces are back open for business. To be Covid-safe, they need you to book in advance and go prepared for the new normal, which is likely to include one-way systems, hand sanitisers and limits to numbers on shared tables. Got your mask and flagon at the ready? Let’s go!
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.
St Kew Inn, St Kew
If you want to find a peaceful spot in Cornwall in summer, a rural boozer’s is your best bet. A short drive inland from the north coast holiday hotspots of Padstow and Rock, is the sleepy village of St Kew. The historic, foodie pub here is worth a visit whatever the weather but the large safe garden makes it particularly appealing in summer. Tables inside may be booked up to 1 month in advance for a max of 6 people.
Find a spot on the lawn (not bookable in advance) and enjoy food cooked on the fire by local chef Andi Tuck (the menu was given an overhaul when he joined the team last summer) sloshed down with Camel Valley wine or Tarquins gin and tonic. Who needs the beach?
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 have faded for the summer now, but the location makes it one of our favourite coastal pub walks. 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 new Bowgie App.
The Oystercatcher, Polzeath
Overlooking one of Cornwall’s favourite surfing beaches, we’re looking forward to a sundowner at The Oystercatcher when it re-opens on 4 July. As one of West Country St Austell Brewery group, you can check out all the steps they’ve taken to make it Covid-safe, which includes ordering and paying for your gastropub nosh via their Easy Order 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. We’re not sure exactly what is back on the menu when it re-opens on 4 July, but we’re looking forward to grabbing a socially distanced beer on the beach.
The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor
Another Muddy fave (check out my review here) The Gurnard’s Head re-opens for food and drink first, followed by rooms later in July. Some say that is more of a beer field than garden, the gorse yellow delight is perfectly positioned on the most gorgeous stretch of coastline between St Ives and Lands End.
Rashleigh Inn, Polkerris
Between Par and Fowey on the south coast is the cute Cornish cove of Polkerris, home to the Rashleigh Inn, a 300 year old Free House right bang on the sand. Serving food from 12-9pm, you’ll need to turn up early for a table as they’re not taking bookings. Sit back, watch your kids play on the beach and enjoy the sound of the sea lapping against the shore.
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 will be introducing Falmouth’s biggest covered outdoor licensed space, thanks to a large-scale marquee on its private quay. The pub’s “mar-quay on the sea” will be in-situ throughout the summer months, meaning al fresco dining on the quay whatever the weather.
The Molesworth Arms, Pyworthy
This recently renovated pub with rooms, run by Kit and Monique, just two miles over the border into Devon should definitely be on your radar if it isn’t already. They’re normally known for high-quality pub classics, and the chef’s smokery behind the pub, but for now they’re opening gradually from Weds 8 July for drinks and pizza from their wood-fired pizza oven. Open Weds-Sunday only, book here.