We’ve chosen eight pubs for the perfect staycation in Cornwall. Beautiful sandy beaches, quiet coves and bustling harbours, there is something for everyone. A holiday in Cornwall offers surfing, art galleries, fabulous locally sourced cuisine, and walks along coastal paths. Plan your stay, book a room, grab your bucket and spade and enjoy the Cornish hospitality.
- Victoria pub, Perranuthnoe, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 9NP
With the South West Coast Path and the beaches of Mount’s Bay so close, it makes sense to stay in the cosy bedrooms here and enjoy the surroundings. The imaginative food cooked by the chef-landlord is another draw and they keep Sharps Doom Bar and guests such as Cornish Crown Mousehole and St Ives Boilers on handpump and over ten wines by the glass. Near Perranuthnoe Beach
2. Fountain Inn, Cliff Street, Mevagissey, PL26 6QH
Popular low-beamed fishermen’s pub; slate floor, some stripped stone and a piano. St Austell ales and good reasonably priced food including local fish/seafood, friendly staff, back bar with glass-topped pit (the remains of an old fish-oil press). There is a small upstairs evening restaurant; children and dogs welcome, pretty frontage with picnic-sets, three bedrooms, open all day in summer. Near Mevagissey Beach
3. Trengilly Wartha, Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5RP
Trengilly Wartha lies in a peaceful valley in the heart of the country, close to the Helford River, in one of the less crowded parts of Cornwall, even in the height of summer. Being a free house they offer a choice of constantly changing local real ales. They have twenty wines by the glass and a selection of over 140 by the bottle. There is also an extensive whisky list with over 40 available. Award-winning chefs use only the finest ingredients, locally sourced where possible.
4. Crumplehorn Mill, Crumplehorn, Polperro, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 2RJ
Converted mill and farmhouse with beams, flagstones and some stripped stone, snug lower bar leading to long main room with cosy eating area pubs seating outside. They have Cornish ales, a wide choice of popular food from snacks to blackboard specials (booking advised) with a friendly efficient service. Bedrooms and self-catering apartments available; children and dogs welcome. Open all day. Near Polperro Beach
5. Cadgwith Cove Inn, Cadgwith, Ruan Minor, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7JX
Friendly little pub in fishing cove with lovely walks in either direction; simply furnished front rooms with bench seating on parquet, log fire, local photos and nautical memorabilia, big back bar with huge fish mural, Otter, Sharps, Skinners and a guest from Atlantic, popular food including local fish/seafood (can be expensive); background music, folk night Tues, local singers (sea shanties) Fri, TV, darts and board games; children and dogs welcome, front terrace overlooking old fishermen’s sheds, comfortable bedrooms with sea views, coastal walks, open all day.
6. Queens, High Street, St. Ives, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1RR
Bustling inn just back from the harbour with a spacious bar, open fire, real ales and tasty food; bedrooms. This pub’s location at the heart of this busy seaside town and just minutes from the harbour means plenty of cheerful customers ready to enjoy a pint or an enjoyable meal. The open-plan, spreading bar has a relaxed atmosphere, all sorts of wooden chairs around scrubbed tables on bare floorboards, tartan banquettes on either side of the Victorian fireplace, a wall of barometers above a leather chesterfield sofa and some brown leather armchairs; also, fresh flowers and candles on tables and on the mantelpiece above the open fire. Near Porthminster Beach.
7. Ship, South Cliff, Mousehole, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6QX
Busy little pub in pretty village with character bars, real ales and fair-priced food; bedrooms. Very popular with locals, this bustling place is right by the harbour in a lovely village. The opened-up main bar has black beams and panelling, built-in wooden wall benches and stools around low tables, sailors’ fancy ropework, granite flagstones and a cosy open fire. St Austell Cornish Best, HSD and Tribute on handpump, several wines by the glass and background music. The bedrooms are above the pub or in the cottage next door and some overlook the water.
8. Coach & Horses, Kenneggy Downs, Rosudgeon, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 9AW
The Coach & Horses is a family run pub and restaurant that offers a wide selection of delicious home cooked meals and a well kept range of locally brewed ales. All food used is fresh produce and sourced locally where possible. Each Sunday they have a carvery with a range of different meats, vegetables and a vegetarian option. The pub is located in a breathtaking part of South West Cornwall near such well known beaches as Praa Sands, Perranuthnoe and Marazion. Near Praa Sands Beach.