The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
With a cosy open fire and views across the pretty village square to St Peter’s, a 15th Century church, this traditional pub serves good quality food freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients where possible. There is a range of cask conditioned ales on hand pump and a selection of fine wines. Children are welcome and there is a large beer garden.
The White Hart an evening drinks
Given mid October we had to drink inside, in fact the pub has little outside space. Well laid out, tables well apart but the tables are small. Cheerful, quick and reasonably priced service.
Serves a very good pint of Doom Bar in a traditional local pub.
This small sheltered cove is stony with areas of shingle and can only be reached at low tide. The beach does shelve but is good for swimming and snorkelling.
Starting from the pretty fishing village of Porthallow, park on the pebbly beach and take the coastal path in an easterly direction.The path climbs up the cliff and then follows a route through heathland and grassland where Nare Head stands looking proudly out to sea about two miles away. This is a lovely scenic walk with views over the water towards St Mawes Head. Wear suitable footwear as the path is uneven at times and can be muddy.
Five Pilchards Inn
Great pub, good service
The home of Roskillys ice cream! But while that is a worthy cause for a visit, St Keverne is a destination in its own right, with local traditions and quaint charm cementing this little village as a holiday favourite. There is a great fishing heritage and plenty of unspoilt beaches and coves with curious names to make your own.
St Keverne Village
Lovely village, two pubs both different, fantastic high quality restaurant, newsagents with useful small items and a very good local food shop. What else is needed.
Roskilly’s farm a great attraction with home baked Pizzas and fantastic ice creams. Close to a number of fine beaches and other interesting villages
Family and dog-friendly, Trebah covers 26 acres, converting a small corner of Cornwall into a sub-tropical paradise. Located above the Helford River, every inch of Trebah is covered by lush vegetation, with 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias kicking off the season with an explosion of colour.
Visited in late September which meant Autumn colours hadn't kicked in but summer colour in the main gardens had gone over apart from the hydrangeas. Beautiful colour though in the court garden.
Lovely walk down to the beach where we enjoyed an ice cream looking out to sea.
A privately owned stunning garden. There is now a footpath for wheelchairs right down to the beach. Interesting history as American troops embarked from there for the D day landings.
Exotic dog friendly garden
Trebah is a wonderful exotic lush estate in a sheltered valley leading to a delightful small beach, where the water is crystal clear and blue. Paths cross cross the valley making it easy to view the gardens from different angles. Marvellous variety of plants and trees. It's dog friendly, as also is the cafe, which is light and airy, serving tasty food. In Feb 2023, a new walled garden was being constructed, which looks most attractive.
Gorgeous gardens with tall trees, amazing bamboo and hydrangeas and it’s own beach on the Helford river! Dog friendly, lots of different paths and routes and lovely ice cream on the beach! If it’s a lovely day take your swimming stuff, the beach was akin to a Greek beach, yachts and dinghy’s and clear water! Take your beach shoes!!
This beautiful garden is a must-see.
Lovely day out
We had a lovely day at Trebah in March. There were lots of colourful Spring plants including all the rhododendrons, camelias and magnolias, and a sea of fascinating gunneras that were starting to come out. When they are fully grown, the leaves can reach 2.5m across and there is a gunnera passage where you could walk underneath them. There’s also some giant bamboo and many interesting paths up and and down to the beach. We had a lovely lunch in the cafe and all in all, a great day out. Check the website and make sure you book in advance as they were only accepting pre-booked visitors. Also check the cafe closing time on the beach (ice creams etc) as it closed at 3pm when we were there.
Wonderful exotic gardens
We visited in February and were surprised by how warm and mild the atmosphere was in the gardens. What a wonderful variety of plants, shrubs and trees! well laid out paths allow the visitor to wander around the grounds to access different view points. The beach at the bottom of the valley was a lovely surprise. We particularly liked the water feature cascading down the valley.
Excellent cafe in a delightful light and airy modern building. The entry fee is reasonable and good value for money.
An enjoyable afternoon out
Thoroughly enjoyed our time at Trebah, September was a good time to visit as the hydrangeas were flowering beautifully. The beach was lovely as was the delicious ice cream!
A disabled persons opinion
I was really looking forward to visiting Trebah but was really disappointed, I was only able to go out of the reception building in my wheelchair when I was faced with the most sever decline and was told that it was like that all the way. It was very unsafe for me to go any further, so had to turn round and go out of the gardens
Beautiful gardens and beach
Well worth a visit. Really incredibly, calming gardens with excellent covid measures in place to feel safe. The private beach is just lovely, worth the short queue to get in (controlled by a traffic light system to ensure not too many people are on it are time). Nice cafe with gluten free options. A very good day out, would highly recommend.
Best gardens to visit in the area
If you like to visit gardens then this is one of the very best in the area. We prefer it to the nearby Glendurgan gardens, though Glendurgan is run by the National Trust so you can get in for free if you are a member.
Excellent lovely gardens which as NT members (although Trebah is privately owned)
out of high season, can be viewed for very reasonable cost.
Best more natural gardens in the area in my view.
Wonderful Gardens leading down to a lovely beach.
These gardens are truly fascinating and beautiful. We loved that the dog was welcome even in the cafe and the food and drink were all really good, healthy, well prepared and delicious.
Impressive gardens and picturesque beach
Beautiful gardens. Very pleasant staff and good food. The private beach was very picturesque. Would recommend.
You won't be disappointed
What a wonderful place to lose yourself in nature discovering plants I had never seen before and some looked like they stepped out of Jurassic Park! We stayed into the evening for a fantastic Miracle Theatre production in the Amphitheatre called The Magnificent Three which was absolutely brilliant, great story, great cast and highly recommended, I will be looking out for their next production. Overall a very pleasing day with ice cream on the beach too, what more could you want!
A mini paradise
This was such a wonderful find. A complete tropical paradise hidden away down the creek. You really feel like you have disappeared to a magical world here and it's a great place to escape. Beautiful water gardens and walks through the woods, which eventually lead down to a private secluded beach. Would happily come here time and again. Lovely cafe as well and there's also a cafe on the beach.
Nice family day out
We visited the gardens on Father's Day (three generations of us!) and it was a lovely day out. It was interesting seeing all the exotic plants and following the path through the gardens to the private beach at the end where an ice cream sat on the beach is a must! The adventure play areas within the gardens were great for the kids.
We hadn't heard about Trebah before we arrived but it proved to be a fabulous day out and the gardens were very special. Better than Eden in some ways and the weather on the day was perfect.
The walk down to the bay was superb. Also enjoyed the shop, cafe and garden centre.
We have been to Trebah several times in the past, but the garden was at it's loveliest this time, with loads of spring flowers as well as the rhododendrons etc.
I love trebah
Trebah is a brilliant day out, and the beach is gorgeous!!
A really delightful garden with much to see. Although steep in places, there are plenty of benches to rest before venturing further.
The glimpse of the sea as you wend your way through the garden is really beautiful and really well worth the trip down to the bottom.
Well worth a visit time and time again.
Gets better every time
We love Trebah Gardens, they are also dog friendly, though unfortunately we did see evidence that some dog owners were not respecting the fact that clearing up is a must if this is to continue. We really enjoy walking around the gardens and always spend at least three hours doing so. Always something different to see. Already looking forward to our next visit.
We enjoyed that they are clearly continuing to develop and work on the garden in the 5 years since we last visited. Cafe very good and plenty of sheltered outdoor space. Plenty to see in May and an icecream on the beach was a great treat.
Wonderful garden especially in May when we were there. A beach with a cafe half way round and the ubiquitous crab sandwiches in the cafe near the entrance. We could have spent a whole day here.
A great place to visit. Even on a dull day this provided some great views and a fascinating range of plants. The beach was an added bonus. The restaurant provided a good range of dishes, including some gluten free choices.
I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.
I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.
Worth a visit, even on a wet day. The cream tea in the cafe was so good there is no chance it could ever be matched anywhere else. Enjoyed the shop too. We spent 2 hours in the property although it's not all that large, including time at the cafe. It's advisable to go early when it's really quiet.
Suitable for young and old
I would recommend this garden for anyone. The walks around the garden can be taken at any pace and are endlessly fascinating for young children as well as older relatives. Even those who may not be as agile as they once were will be able to manage a good deal of the garden and there are plenty of places to stop, admire the view and rest. The staff are very helpful, always ready to discuss an unusual plant and the cafe is run by a group of very cheerful women, who provide simple but delicious food.
A beautiful place, starting with formal gardens at the top, winding down through subtropical exotica to a small beach. We once went there on a winter's day where there was snow at the top of the garden and brilliant sunshine once you went through the doorway onto the beach; my children said it was like going into Narnia!
Trebah Gardens are excellent for all the family - there is also a beach below for children to explore. Kids can take part in the quiz as they walk around the gardens which makes for a more peaceful time for the parents!
A beach cafe in the most rustic sense - a beachside shed with some outdoor seating. It is a National Trust-owned hut, but run by a local couple who provide 'Feast Nights' - now made famous by their appearance on ITV's 'Cornwall with Caroline Quentin'. You need to buy tickets, but the hut is generally open to everyone, except during the winter, so check times on their Web site.
After a short walk along the coast, perfect place to eat overlooking the sea, great food choices and they're delicious.
Walked the short distance from Gerrans to here and enjoyed a pasty in the sun looking out to sea. Yummy!
Even more amazing food… wow! The best Cornish pasty, and curry, with flat bread, all homemade!!!
Must make a visit
Great location, food excellent, friendly and welcoming.
Locally cooked food a must if you are visiting this beach.
Beware under-cooked brownies
Stomach upset after a coffee and undercooked brownie at the Hidden Hut in June.
Expensive, long queues, not very friendly. take your own refreshments or buy from friendly shop in Portscatho
Best Tomato soup ever tested
Wow what a place! Nestled behind the beach and within walking distance. Absolutely amazing food, the menu is mouthwatering! Don’t be put off by the queues, service is very quick. We had the tomato soup and it was ‘the best tomato’s soup ever tasted’ ! Such amazing flavours! Definitely worth a visit! Beautiful views too! Well done the hidden hut and keep up the good work!
A lovely experience
We can now see why this place is so popular! The service is excellent very friendly staff who take a minute to ask you about your visit while serving you. The food is beautifly cooked all be it presented in a takeaway box or cup the taste is incredible. My husband opted for the smoked beef chilli I had the Dahl served with flat bread both delicious. It was towards the end of our holiday otherwise we would have had lunch there every day.
visited in March
Windy, sunny and busyish. Interesting changing lunch menu which comes in cartons you can take away or eat on site. Also usual snacks and drinks. No need to book in March.
Lovely little walk from the car park where you come across some steps, if you then take the steps immediately going up you then come across the stunning Hidden Hut, where the food is fantastic, may be a little pricey, but so worth it, especially sitting on the benches
We visited the Hidden Hut whilst on holiday last week. Gorgeous food. We had the watercress soup which was scrumptious. Really recommend a visit.
What a surprise . Very popular so be prepared to queue but you can enjoy the view of Porthcurnick beach and headland.
Excellent customer service.
Worth a little walk.
A little gem
What a wonderful beachside find. It is super popular now so expect to queue, but it's is completely worth it with exceptional food, and a great beachside location. You won't regret a day out here. Check the website for opening times/days.
Great food overlooking the beach
Not just another beach front cafe. This place is possibly the best beach cafe/restaurant going. Great food and atmosphere. Really hits the spot. You will not be disappointed and worth the effort.
Really fantastic food, great service (despite the length of the queue). You must visit!
Perfect situation and great food
If you didn’t already know it, this a now a justly famous spit just above a lovely Cornish beach.
Splendid food - some fusion inspired and some more typical local Cornish. Great atmosphere. Also they have now a great Hidden Hut cookbook. Such a happy mix of photos and recipes!
definitely recommend for a yummy beachside lunch
Being relatively local to the area, we felt it was time to see if this often-mentioned beach cafe lived up to it's reputation....and it did! On a sunny August Sunday, the beach was busy and so was the Hidden Hut. Be prepared to queue - for quite a while - but once you've selected which of the mouthwatering options to go for, you've plenty of choice of places to sit and enjoy the really well cooked food and the amazing location. No doubt this will be the first of many visits to come!
Perfect for coffee and cake, overlooking Porthcurnick beach.
Stunning place for a delicious lunch! Pricey but great quality. Locally sourced and freshly made. Busy on Bank holidays but worth the queue. Soups are always fabulous as are the pasties, pulled pork baps and sausage rolls. We were lucky enough to get tickets for a feast night once and it was a most memorable and special event. Check out their Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/thehiddenhut/
Probably the most photographed beach in the area - the rugged, rocky coastline, caves and gleaming white sand make it one of Cornwall’s prettiest, take note though, the beach is totally covered at high tide. National Trust car parking is available with access to the beach via a steep gravelled path. Cafe and toilets are available during the summer months.
This place is stunning to visit, has a great little cafe, absolutely worth to walk around for a good time and sit/play on the beach. It's truly the gem of England.
This is a stunning beach to visit. Be sure to arrive early in summer months so as to get into the car park nearest the beach, otherwise, it's a long walk from the overflow car park! It's well worth the early start and walk to the beach though, the views are stunning. Worth checking tides before you go so you can ensure you make the most of the beach at low tide.
Beautiful day out
Stunning , a must
Gorgeous dramatic windswept and steep
Gorgeous dramatic beach but time your visit carefully as at high tide there is no beach. Also dogs not allowed on beach in summer as National Trust so have to stay in cafe. Steep climb down so not wheelchair accessible. Make sure you bring your national trust membership card with you when you visit as otherwise will cost you £7 to park.
Busy and you’ll need change for carpark
We knew it would be busy but hadn’t appreciated quite how much. You cannot take dogs onto the cove and trailers are not allowed in carpark they’re pretty strict so don’t try and sneak in! It’s very organised with lots volunteers and go with change for car park, although it suggests there is a signal, behind the main hut so you can pay by phone it’s not the case, signal v poor.
...but get there early. Check the tide times to plan your visit as beach virtually non-existent at high tide. Also the slightly longer, easier walk is better on your knees and much quieter, better option to walk back up in my opinion!
Beautiful but very busy
If you’re going to go here then go early! We went at 9am one day and got parked fine, had a lovely breakfast at the cafe then wondered around the cliffs. Incredible views. Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach from 10-6pm. We tried to go back a few days later, arriving at 9:20 and the car park was completely full!
We went on a stormy weekday in winter and it was fantastically spectacular. Wish we'd paid for longer parking! The walk gives you brilliant views and the cove itself was full of crashing waves! Unfortunately the cafe was shut (only open at weekends in January). But there was a baby seal lying on the path. Sorry, I can't guarantee that it'll be there when you visit. :-)
most beautiful cove
Though it is very busy and crowded its definitely worth a visit
the Kynance Cove Cafe above the beach is a highlight
Well worth the walk !
We loved the walk to Kynance and the cafe and cove when we got there. They even had lots of gluten free choices.
England's own Paradise
Great walks and when you actually walk down to see it a low tide you've got to catch your breath. Why people go to other countries looking for similar places I do not know. Absolute stunning.
One of my favourite places in the whole of Cornwall... absolutely beautiful. Well worth a visit!
Best Beach in the world
Picturesque, West facing suntrap, great surf, caves and rock pools.
My 10 year old confidently states it is the best beach in the world and I agree.
Well worth the drive
Although there is plenty to see near Falmouth this beautiful beach on the Lizard is a must and if you forget your picnic don't worry there is an excellent cafe when you get there. There are 2 paths to take from the National Trust car park, one a bit challenging and the other one very straightforward and wheel chair friendly. A fantastic morning out, a lovely walk and all very photogenic.
The Place to visit on The Lizard
Kynance Cove is probably the only place on The Lizard that everyone should visit. Spectacular at any time of the year, in all weather conditions, but probably better to avoid high tide, as there is no beach!
We could have spent every day here and not got bored. Beautiful views, sandy beach, caves, mermaids pool, sea, rock pools and a cafe that offered lovely food and great coffee - even the toilets were spotless. The only thing I would say is if you have younger children be prepared for the walk back up to the car after a long day on the beach. But don't let it put you off - its worth it!
Spectacular scenery. We'd already been swimming that day so didn't get in the sea but it was beautiful just to sit up on the cliffs with an ice cream and enjoy watching others enjoy the waves. Being a National Trust member, parking is free so could stay as long or as short as we pleased. Wish we'd spent more time exploring the cove a bit more as I understand there are caves etc. Highly recommended
Best Beach on the Lizard
Whilst some don't rate this beach due to the steep walks down to and back up from the beach and the fact that there is no beach left at high tide, in our opinion it is the best beach on the Lizard and definitely worth a visit.
To avoid having to carry too much don't worry about packing lunch as the cafe there is excellent and has loads of different options from jackets to toasties, cream teas and of course pasties.
The advantage of high tide covering the whole beach is that the sand is always pristinely clean and great for making castles!
The sea is usually pretty calm but fairly cold in comparison with others locally, dolphins are often seen in the waters and fish in the cove round the back of the caves - great for snorkelling.
Toilets on this beach are spotlessly clean too which is a bonus.
The best Beach
One of probably the best beaches in the UK if not Europe and further afield. Spectacular either when calm or during a storm. The pristine sand is cleaned by each high tide and if you make the effort in checking your tide times, fancy a paddle, and get there about an hour before low tide, you could be the first to make your footprints in the untouched sand. A brilliant National Trust cafe where you can get to eat (in my opinion) the best British bacon butty (even though its in a baguette) plus the view to relish. My other half recommends the crab sandwich. And we both say mmmmm to the cream teas. And then you can exercise it all off with the coast walks north or south.
Very pretty beach with some amazing coastal paths surrounding it.
Spectacular wildlife, plants, views and rock formations with a beautiful beach (at low tide) and bathing. Wonderful local walks to the Lizard and Mullion Harbour. National Trust cafe with outside seating.
- Rodney Keen
Taste life on a working organic Cornish farm. Walk the ponds, feed the ducks, watch the cows being milked and then indulge with some of the best ice cream in the county. The cream teas are pretty good too! During the summer months you can enjoy delicious pizza.
A real Cornish Farm
Fantastic Ice Creams and local delicacies, the home produced pizzas cooked in a pizza oven are fantastic. Walking the ponds area is very calming and can form part of an interesting round St Keverne walk.
A great place to visit with children - lots of animals to say hello to, feed the ducks, watch the milking and of course to sample the yummy ice cream! And, if like mine, your little one enjoys driving then it will be hard to tear them away from driving the tractor!
I return to SW Cornwall once a year - and Roskilly's is always on the agenda for the ice cream and cream teas. It's an additional extra when the tide has forced you off the beach early. You can buy Roskilly's ice cream at a few places - but you never get all the flavours they have on offer at the farm. Idyllic walks around the ponds and watching the organisation of the milking while you work your way through their generous ice creams. Not to be missed! :)
A holiday highlight for our children - especially seeing the cows being milked. The ice cream was beautiful. Having visited last about 8 years ago, my husband and I did feel,that the information in the milking shed could have been updated - it did look tatty! Also, they asked children to name the calves but you couldn't see their names. My son (5) would have liked some commentary when the cows came in to be milked. Overall though, we would definitely return
We were a bit disappointed with this place - it was very commercialised and the shop wasn't very good. The ice cream is delicious, especially the gooseberry yogurt flavour, but you can get that at quite a number of other places around there.
A great place to visit with or without children. The food and organic icecream is lovely. Highly recommend.
I have to say that this is one of my favourite places in South West Cornwall. A great day out for the family with a chance to walk around the ponds and feed the ducks, to watching the local cows being milked in the Milking Parlour. The milk is then used to make the famous Roskilly's ice cream (delicious!!) After a late summer afternoon stroll through the fields why not stay a bit longer and try their delicious evening barbecues.
Fantastic ice creams and so many flavours to choose from - BBQ banana, Hokey Pokey and Blackberry Cheesecake all go down a treat.
Excellent home made food, walks and children's activities.
Walking the ponds and farmland is the perfect excuse to build up an appetite for a lovely ice cream - if you can decide on a flavour from the extensive variety made on site! You could tie it in with a visit to one of the nearby beaches, or a longer walk on part of the South West Coast Path. Lunches in the sunny courtyard are good too.
Got to be the best ice-cream in Cornwall! They do tasty salads and pies and wonderful cream teas. In the summer they do a BBQ in the evening. Great for families.
Great whatever the weather
Well you could start with a wander around the ponds, why not bring the dog it is sure to enjoy this! Maybe feed the ducks or even just sit for a while and watch the world go by! Then head back to the barns for a well deserved ice cream. So many different flavours how do you chose? Why not stop and watch milking the kids will love it. Lovely selection of gifts in the gift shop and great local produce. Stop into the evening and enjoy the popular BBQ or on chillier evenings sit in by the open fire and enjoy a warming meal. What ever the weather your sure to enjoy a few hours here.
Modern organic rustic cooking - simple dishes made with outstanding ingredients, most of which are sourced locally, even the wine is organic. The fish comes from Newlyn and the local fishermen they know bring in what they catch. You can even learn to bake bread with the Owner and Chef of The Greenhouse who runs bread baking courses.
Fantastic small high quality restaurant
Eaten here many times. Food delicious, staff/owners friendly and knowledgeable. Menus change regularly and incorporate local food whilst being different ideas.
Don’t miss it
The Greenhouse Restaurant, St Keverne
Locally sourced, organic seasonal food, wonderfully imaginative cooking. Curry nights and fish and chip nights during the winter. Special winter prices.
Michelin listed. Delicious food. A gem!
Planning to eat somewhere on holiday with friends who prefer organic, we found The Greenhouse on Google and booked blind. However, we were not disappointed. A somewhat modest exterior just off the main square of sleepy St Keverne belied a surprisingly interesting and good quality bistro-style restaurant with open-plan kitchen and a well-stocked bar. All the dishes we chose were excellent, the wine fairly priced and the hosts charming. Not your average eating place in Cornwall!
Good Honest Cooking!
An excellent restaurant, tucked away just off the village square in St. Keverne. Good honest cooking, using local and seasonal organic ingredients. Nothing too fancy, and generous portions. Good choice of vegetarian dishes - definitely not the usual 'nut loaf' offered in many hostelries.
The Greenhouse, St Keverne
I'm extremely lucky to have this fabulous restaurant on my doorstep. With a menu to delight and surprise, that is varied and original and sometimes brave, topped off with a warm, cosy atmosphere you will leave this restaurant already planning your next visit. Please book ahead though to ensure you get a table.
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