Our tans have gone, the woolly jumpers are out and the nights are drawing in. The good news? Well aside from good winter telly and the return of hearty dinners (we missed you, stew), we’re very excited about exploring some of Cornwall’s cosiest pubs. From thatched riverside inns to city central beauties, here are five of our favourite Cornish pubs with a hint of Hygge to enjoy on your next Cornwall holiday.
When it comes to quaint and cosy, you’ll be hard pressed to beat Pandora Inn. Nestled on Restronguet Creek this 13th century inn has character aplenty. The flagstone floors, low-beamed ceilings and thatched roof all work together to create a cosy atmosphere just perfect for whiling away a winter afternoon in. Grab a table by the roaring log fire and warm up with a hearty fish pie or bowl of local mussels. The wine and real ale menus are definitely worth perusing too. And if you happen to visit on an unusually bright winter day, pop your coat on and sip a drink outside on the pontoon.
The Pandora also serve up a delicious Sunday roast, find out where else to enjoy a roast in Cornwall.
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Plonked right on the beach, Rashleigh Inn at Polkerris is the perfect place to warm up after a bracing winter coastal walk. Head here along the South West Coast Path from Polridmouth Cove at Menabilliy; the 2.5 mile route boasts some spectacular coastal vistas and you’ll have worked up quite an appetite on arrival. The pub is dog friendly and the beach is too during winter, so feel free to bring Rover along – you can even buy him a biscuit when you order at the bar! Speaking of which, the portion sizes here are very generous (good thing too, after all that walking). You’ll find homemade burgers, fish and chips and on Sundays a roast dinner. The homemade chips are something else – be sure to order a portion.
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Are you a fan of real ale? You have to visit The Old Ale House in Truro. It’s the perfect pit stop between Christmas shopping and while they no longer serve food, as CAMRA’s Kernow Pub of the Year 2017 it’s fair to say they’ve got their hands full on the ale front! They are also renowned for their live music nights, so if that’s your cup of tea (or ale), check out their latest listings on Facebook.
Photo credit: The Fort Inn Facebook
If it’s storm watching you’re after, grab a table at The Fort Inn and settle in. With unbeatable views across the surrounding beaches and Atlantic Ocean it’s the perfect spot to escape the wintery winds and watch from inside. Warm up with pub classics like bangers and mash, honey roasted ham egg and chips or save yourself for their epic roast dinner on a Sunday. The hot chocolate is a must, too.
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Self-confessed foodie? Get thee to The Racehorse Inn pronto! This Gastro-Inn is set on the edge of Bodmin Moor and if you didn’t know any better, it looks like your everyday pub. Yet inside you’ll find an innovative menu, very talented chefs and a cosy pub dining atmosphere. Oh, and the prices are reasonable to boot. Think cured salmon with gin and tonic jelly, forest mushroom tagliatelle with truffle oil and breast of local duck with port poached salsify and caramelised chicory.
Choose your favourite from our collection of cosy holiday cottages.