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Best hot chocolate spots for a winter warmer in Cornwall

Cornwall is famous for its cream teas (with jam first, of course), and crisp Cornish cider, always served with a view. But did you know it is also boasts some of the most delectable hot chocolates you can find! These indulgent treats are all served by the sea and perfect for warming up after a winter surf, a rejuvenating sea swim, a quick dip in a sea pool or a bracing walk along the sand or coast path. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite post-beach hot chocolate spots in Cornwall, whether you love traditional chocolate with or without all the toppings or are partial to a fabulously festive treat, there are so many delicious options to choose from... 

Ladyvale Bakery, Newquay

Hot Chocolate at Ladyvake Bakery in Newquay

Best for: Homemade delights and Instagram-worthy delicacies

12 Chi Tennyson, Nansledan, TR8 4GL

On the outskirts of Newquay, not far from Porth Beach is Ladyvale Bakery. A hidden gem, serving beautifully decadent cakes and the most indulgent of hot chocolates… warmed milk (with diary-free options available) is poured over their signature homemade chocolate ganache to make a dreamy treat, finished with their homemade marshmallows! The ultimate warming treat after a refreshing walk along Porth's soft sands and mesmerising headland.

Alcatraz, Perranporth

Hot chocolates at Alcatraz in Perranporth

Best for: Hot chocolate with a view

Perranporth beach

Whether you have walked across Perranporth's far-reaching sand dunes, hit the waves for a winter surf or taken a refreshing dip in the sea pool (wet suit optional!), Alcatraz is the first stop for a warming hot chocolate. Wrap up on the roof terrace or enjoy the views from inside the cosy beachside café. 

You can’t go wrong with their classic deluxe hot chocolate, delicious! 

Poldhu Beach Cafe, Mullion

Hot chocolates at Poldhu Beach Cafe

Best for: Mouthwatering flavours and seasonal treats

Poldhu Cove, Mullion, Helston, TR12 7JB

Renowned for their menu of mouthwatering hot chocs, Poldhu Beach Café is located on the sand in Mullion and offers takeaway only, so a beautiful beach walk followed by a tasty treat from their extensive menu is a must. Classic hot chocolates aer served alongside warming lattes and delicious cakes, plus their renowned seasonal options that vary throughout the year, from Easter to Halloween and beyond! For the festive season you’ll be spoilt for choice with Toblerone, Choc Orange, Salted Caramel, Gingerbread and After Eight. Their festive hot chocs are served alongside warming mulled wine and cider too.

WAX, Watergate Bay

Hot chocolate at WAX Watergate Bay in Cornwall

Best for: Beach walking with a hot chocolate

Watergate Bay, TR8 4AB

Moments from the beach at Watergate Bay near Newquay, it is the place to go after a surf or beach walk. WAX knows how to serve up a winter warmer in style, their menu has something for everyone. In fact it may have you going back again and again to give them all a try. 

Choose from their signature WAX loaded hot chocolate, Biscoff, Baileys or a Mint hot chocolate. There’s also gingerbread and maple spiced lattes and a WAX Irish coffee on the menu. Available to drink in or takeaway, perfect for picking up and heading off for a wintry walk along the coast path! 

Iced On The Quay, Hayle

Mint hot chocolate at Iced on the Quay in Hayle, Cornwall

Best for: Chocolate lovers

East Quay, Hayle, TR27 4BJ

Located on the quayside, just a stone’s throw from three miles of sandy beach in Hayle is Iced On The Quay, where you’ll find the most decadent treats. Their menu is a dream for chocolate lovers, the only issues will be deciding which one to try! Take your pick from Bueno, Bueno White, Mint, Salted Caramel, Biscoff, S’Mores, White and The Works... a totally epic hot chocolate, made with either milk or white chocolate and topped with chocolate sauce, cream, brownie or blondie chunks and toasted marshmallows!  

Life's A Beach, Falmouth

Life's A Beach in Falmouth, Hot Chocolate

Best for: Sipping on the sand

Maenporth Beach, Falmouth, TR11 5HN

On the sands of Maenporth beach in Falmouth, Life's a Beach is the ultimate beachside pitstop. Whether you’ve rambled along the coast path or are heading straight for a stroll on the sand or jumping in the sea, you’ll be rewarded with indulgent homemade cakes and an enticing choice of hot chocolates, including chocolate brownie and after eight flavoured delights.

The Honey Pot, Penzance

Hot chocolate at The Honey Pot in Penzance, Cornwall

Best for: Something different

5 Parade Street, Penzance, TR18 4BU

Tucked away, moments from the quayside and promenade in Penzance, The Honey Pot offers something a little different to warm you up after a dip in the sea! Try their signature hot choc; dark hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and marshmallows, or how about their Chai hot chocolate made with chai and cinnamon, for an extra bit of warmth or a heavenly coconut hot chocolate for a little taste of the tropical!  

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