Let’s face it: Cornwall is going to be full of wet weekends this winter, but don’t let that stop you from braving the elements. With local ales, home-cooked grub and open fires, cosy Cornish pubs are the perfect antidote to those bracing winter walks. Cornwall is not short of a cheery inn or two, but where to go is the question. Fret not, we’ve rounded up some of our personal favourites below. Take your pick and prepare to snuggle up!
Everything a proper pub should be, this gem is worth the short trek down to The Gurnard’s Head on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast, nestled quietly between St Ives and St Just. It’s the perfect place to switch off and unwind, taking in the rugged, awe-inspiring landscape – one that has little-changed over centuries. Its deliberately shabby-chic interior, with stripped wooden floors, ancient maps on the walls and log fires, only makes this gem of a pub even more appealing, as if the range of ales, cider and top notch grub wasn’t enough. The walk from St Ives is hard to beat, but if it’s too far west, check out their sister inn The Old Coastguard in Mousehole's iconic fishing harbour. Arguably just as good!
Perched above the cliff edge on rocky Pentire Head, the glass-fronted Lewinnick Lodge has gob-smacking views of the Atlantic ocean. Just a stone’s throw from the South West coast path, it can be found at the quieter end of Newquay and is the polar opposite of a traditional Cornish pub. It is light and bright with modern open spaces, ceiling to floor windows and a huge timber deck out front hanging over the sea like the bow of a ship. The food is great, locally sourced and there’s an eclectic mix of wine, cider and ales on offer. Sink into snug sofas by the open fire whilst gazing out towards moody skies and wild winter seas. Perfect.
The Pandora Inn boasts an award winning menu and an excellent location. The building itself is special – a traditional 13th Century thatch with panelled walls, snug alcoves, low wooden ceilings and log fires. It is actually named after the Pandora, a naval ship sent to Tahiti to capture the mutineers of Captain Bligh's Bounty, and there are maritime momentos throughout. There is a creekside path, perfect for mid-week winter walks, followed by a pint in the pub.
Some other lovely pubs in Cornwall:
The Cornish Arms, St Merryn
The Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs
The Wheel Inn, Tresillian, Truro
The Blue Peter Inn, Quay Road, Polperro
Cadgwith Cove Inn, Cadgwith
Old Quay Inn, Devoran
Old Custom House, Padstow
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