Our Top 10 Favourite Pubs in Cornwall
Whatever you have planned for your holiday in Cornwall, there's nothing quite like ending the day in a cosy pub, warming up by an open fire or watching fishermen land their catch in the harbour. There are too many atmospheric, old pubs in Cornwall to count, but we have picked 10 of our favourites, which we highly recommend visiting if you get the chance. Where appropriate, we have also recommended an equally attractive Cornish holiday cottage within easy reach of a pub that takes your fancy.
13th century inn with low ceilings, open fires and great food and drink Take a stroll on the Southwest Coast Path before settling in for an evening at the Tinner's Arms. The menu includes Newlyn crab, Mount's Bay mackerel and 28-day-hung Cornish steak, and there's an impressive whisky menu to compliment the Cornish ales and ciders on offer.
One of Cornwall's oldest pubs with outstanding food, near Bude holiday cottages This beautifully presented 13th century inn is set around a lovely courtyard. There's a bar area with pool and darts, and the Galleon restaurant, where the beams are made of wrecked ships and delicious food is prepared with the best seasonal ingredients. Stay at: **The Stables **The Stables
Friendly pub overlooking a peaceful village green on Bodmin Moor You will find this former CAMRA National Pub of the Year at the end of a narrow country lane, in the tiny village of Blisland. Nothing beats enjoying a pint of the pub's own Buddha ale as the church bells chime and darkness falls on the surrounding woods and fields.
Surfers' bar which couldn't be closer to the ocean without falling into it The Watering Hole sits on the sand in the laid-back resort of Perranporth. It's a modern pub by Cornish standards, with huge windows and a spacious, airy layout. There's also a heated terrace where you can watch the sunset as surfers ride their last wave of the day.
Clifftop pub for storm-watching on a wild stretch of the North Cornwall coast The Port William overlooks a dramatic rock and sand beach in a steep valley, a stone's throw from holiday cottages in Tintagel. Pick an outside table right on the cliff-edge and watch the waves smashing against Gull Rock.
Compact pub, just off the square in a historic fishing village Holidays on the South Cornwall coast would be incomplete without a visit to this low-ceilinged fishermen's favourite, in the heart of Mevagissey. The Fountain Inn is a tiny place, packed with character and known for its excellent fish and chips. Stay at:Harbour Heights House
Perfect spot to watch boats in the lively town of Falmouth Falmouth is a charming town packed with independent shops and great places to eat and drink. The Front is undoubtedly one of its best-located bars, right on the quay, and was recently named CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year for its wide selection of local ales. **Stay at: **Riverside
Fishermen's haunt with a terraced garden overlooking a harbour Expect roaring fires, good music, local art and hearty meals at this warm and welcoming pub in the village of Porthleven. If you're not sure what to drink, go for a pint of Skinners' Porthleven, an ode to the surfing waves which break beyond the harbour walls.
Eccentric pub which began life as a debtors' prison The first thing you will see when you arrive at this old favourite in the market town of Bodmin is a stuffed lion in a cabinet outside the main entrance. Pull up a seat at the bar and admire the display of historical artefacts or catch some sun in the leafy garden. Stay at:Lanhydrock Barn
A 400-year old Inn, complete with a Smugglers Hole, original pasty ovens in its inglnook fireplaces, eclectic menus, fine real ales and friendly staff -all within a short walk of Crantock's magnificent beach - what's not to like about this characterful pub in this attractive seaside village on Cornwall's north coast!