Welcome to our blog post on “The Best Coastal Pubs in Cornwall!” If you’re a fan of breathtaking ocean views, refreshing sea breezes, and good old-fashioned pub vibes, then you’re in for a treat. Cornwall, with its stunning coastline and rich maritime history, is home to some of the best coastal pubs in the UK. From traditional pubs steeped in history to modern gastropubs serving up delicious seafood, Cornwall has it all. Join us as we take you on a journey along the picturesque coast of Cornwall, highlighting some of our favorite pubs that are sure to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite. So, whether you’re a local looking for a new spot to unwind or a visitor seeking an authentic Cornish experience, read on to discover the top coastal pubs that are worth a visit on your next trip to Cornwall!
The Gurnard’s Head
St Ives: TR26 3DE
A landmark pub almost at the edge of England, the Gurnard’s Head is your last stop for a pint and an open fire before the Atlantic Ocean. Between St Just and Zennor, this is genuine Cornwall. Wild, mysterious and beautiful, the Gurnard’s Head is an inn that transports you back to when travel was that little bit slower.
Falmouth: TR11 3AZ
No wolf to speak of but this tucked away Falmouth pub certainly has a fine selection of beer and a well-stocked bookshop. A winning combination for drinkers and readers of all persuasions, this freehouse has a great atmosphere and welcomes locals and visitors alike.
The Tinner’s Arms
St Ives: TR26 3BY
The Tinner’s Arms is a traditional pub that is the beating heart of Zennor, and is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. This Grade II listed, 13th century pub has stone floors, low ceilings and inglenook fireplaces.
The Kings Arms
Megavissey: PL26 6UQ
This small traditional inn is a charming, pared back pub in the harbour town of Mevagissey. The owners Kris and Helen are passionate about serving good quality food at reasonable prices. They describe their food as “ad hoc” and their small but perfectly selected menu reflects the changing of the seasons. Daily specials are decided based on what turns up on the dock that day.
The Blue Peter Inn
Polperro: PL13 2QZ
Sitting on the harbour wall of the stunning village of Polperro, the Blue Peter Inn offers a warm welcome to all comers. They offer great beer, food, superb views and live music for which its fame has spread far and wide. They do their best to ensure the journey from the sea to your plate is short, which isn’t difficult given their location.
The Chintz Symposium
Falmouth: TR11 2BY
You’ll see why the name fits after your first visit to the Chintz Symposium. The eclectic and bohemian decor is paired with the rustic original wooden beams and floors. Not your run-of-the-mill wine bar, the Chintz Symposium mixes fantasy and creativity for a trip down the rabbit-hole to meet Alice on the other side.
The Golden Lion
Port Isaac: PL29 3RB
This 18th-century pub in Port Isaac is awash with charm and history. Overlooking the stunning bay makes this an ideal spot to watch the beautiful blues of summer calm and the dramatic greys of winter storms. The Golden Lion takes pride in their cask ale and serves a fine fish and chips.
Mousehole: TR19 6QX
Full of Cornish character and charm, the Ship Inn in Mousehole is a friendly pub with eight comfortable rooms offering splendid views of the sea and quaint Mousehole harbour. The bar and restaurant serve fresh local food all year round and the traditional Cornish pub food is accompanied by the excellent St. Austell ales.
The Miners Arms
St Agnes: TR5 0QF
The Miners Arms has been serving the locals in Mithian near St. Agnes since the 16th century. This quaint pub has a rich history and throughout its life and has been a courthouse, a venue for inquests and even a smugglers’ lair. Ghosts of smugglers past have been known to return to finish their drinks and settle scores from time to time.
St Ives: TR26 3NA
The Halsetown Inn is a cosy, quirky and traditional pub with an eco-ethos offering real ales and Cornish cream teas. The pub is a short drive from St. Ives and off the beaten track but is a hidden gem that dates back to 1832.
Megavissey: PL26 6QU
The Sharksfin is an excellent place to stop for a drink and quick bite to eat before exploring this picturesque and historic harbour. A traditional yet stylish bar and restaurant, the Sharksfin is decked out with a vibrant interior and has a menu with an American twist.
Star & Garter
Falmouth: TR11 2AF
The Star and Garter is a 19th-century pub with a distinctly contemporary menu. It can’t be beaten for its views over Falmouth harbour from where they receive most of their fish. The meat served at the Star is also cured and smoked on the premises.
The Mill House Inn
Tintagel: PL34 0HD
Set above the lovely Trebarwith Strand, the Mill House is located between the picturesque Boscastle and the fascinating Port Isaac. The former corn mill nestles in its own seven-acre wooded valley and offers accommodation in addition to well kept ales and fine food.
Old Custom House
Padstow: PL28 8BL
Nestled within the harbour town of Padstow is the Old Custom House, a B&B and restaurant known for its excellent quality and service. There is a stylish and intimate bar along with comfortable guest rooms and a well-equipped spa. The Old Custom House directly overlooks the bustling harbour and sits in the midst of the hustle and bustle of this attractive harbour.
What is the oldest pub in Cornwall?
The oldest pub in Cornwall is believed to be the “The Old Inn” located in St. Breward, Bodmin.
What is Cornwall’s highest pub?
The highest pub in Cornwall “The Jamaica Inn,” is located in Bolventor, near Launceston and is approximately 800 feet above sea level.
What is the pub of the year in Cornwall?
The winner in this year’s National Pub and Bar Awards is The Driftwood Spars in St Agnes.