The nights have drawn in and there’s a chill in the air. As we wave goodbye to the summer and Christmas draws ever closer, it’s time to explore a few of the numerous pubs in Cornwall. Whether you’re a Cornish resident or holidaying here, there’s nothing better than enjoying your favourite tipple in a cosy pub this winter. Here’s our selection of pubs you shouldn’t miss.
Cadgwith Cove Inn
At over 300 years old, the Cadgwith Cove Inn has remained unspoilt since the cove’s old smuggling days. With a great atmosphere and full of seafaring relics, it’s a great place to stop for lunch or dinner – particularly the fresh seafood sourced from the cove.
Don’t miss the Cadgwith Singers and traditional sea shanties on Friday nights.
Described by many as cosy and traditional, the Pandora Inn sits on the edge of Restronguet Creek near Mylor. Parts of the Inn date back to the 13th Century and it boasts flagstone floors, low-beamed ceilings and a thatched roof – whilst also offering 21st Century comfort.
With its own mooring pontoon right outside, we’d thoroughly recommend arriving at the Inn by boat. If you don’t own your own, why not take the water taxi from Falmouth or St Mawes and arrive in style?
Food is served from 10.30am right through until 9.30pm, with a choice of where to eat. Choose from the ground floor with its cosy corners and roaring fires, outside overlooking the water’s edge, on the pontoon, or in the Upper Deck dining room.
The Gurnard’s Head
The philosophy here centres around playing a part in the community, welcoming local drinkers at the bar, remaining open all year round and supporting local suppliers – even encouraging neighbours to bring in home grown fruit and veg.
Sunday lunch is a firm favourite here – so pack the family into the car and enjoy the ocean drive, work up an appetite along the coast path and then tuck into a roast. With a choice of vegetarian, meat and fish options, there’s something for all of the family (kids too)!
The Working Boat
A proper pub on the waterfront in Falmouth, which boasts a broad selection of beers and ciders that can be enjoyed whilst looking out across the harbour.
Although a new addition this year, there has been a pub on this site for more than 300 years. Once the base for Oystermen after a long day out on the boat, it’s now the base for the Falmouth Working Boat Association.
Serving pub food including ‘bottomless stew’, scampi monkfish and steak, The Working Boat is a great place to try this winter.
Don’t forget, the pub is family-friendly and four-legged friends are welcome too!
The Roseland Inn
Located just a mile from the King Harry Ferry in the village of Philleigh lies the Inn – deep in the heart of the Roseland Peninsula. A 16th Century listed building and now a cosy pub.
During the winter months there’s a warm atmosphere, with two log burners alight, an original flagstone floor and quite possibly the pub dog too. If you’re looking for a quiet retreat in a rural Cornish village, stop by for a pint, home cooked meal and catch up with family or friends.