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10 of the best beer gardens in Cornwall

We know, we know – you come to Cornwall for the beach. But the beauty of the Duchy is that there’s so much more to enjoy. This includes a host of top-notch beer gardens set amongst some seriously swoon-worthy locations, because what could also be better than sinking a cool one outdoors in the company of to-die-for views or an uber relaxed atmosphere?

If your idea of kicking back involves a glass (or two) of your favourite tipple while admiring Cornwall’s great outdoors in all her glory, then here’s ten of our favourites to whet your appetite...

The Watering Hole, Perranporth

The UK’s only bone fide bar on the beach offers sand-between-your-toes sundowners guaranteed to tickle all your senses. The sprawling north coast stretch presents rugged terrain and oceanic panoramas as far as the eye can see, while The Watering Hole’s extensive menu and eclectic entertainment schedule is supremely crowd-pleasing. 

The Godolphin, Marazion

Sitting within stone hurling distance of the sea and framing jaw-dropping vistas of the famous St Michael’s Mount, The Godolphin’s swish, yet coastally cool restaurant and cocktail bar, Shutters, stocks all you could want for an alfresco bite or drink of the most unforgettable variety.

Sloop Inn, St Ives

Staring out over the cobbled centre of the town toward St Ives Harbour and the beautiful bay beyond, the Sloop - circa 1312 - is both casual and quaint, providing the perfect place for a spot of prime time people-watching. 

The Bowgie Inn, Newquay

Showcasing a taste of Cornwall with its award winning and locally sourced food and drink, the Bowgie also gifts visitors with glorious views from its enviable position on West Pentire Headland that faces the spectacular sands of Crantock Beach.

Pandora Inn, Carrick Roads

Nestled on the edge of Restronguet Creek near Falmouth, the Pandora redefines picturesque with its sublime waterside setting, timeless 13th century building and award-winning menu. Simply sit, eat/drink and soak up the ambience with those dazzling views.

The Shipwrights Arms, Helford

If a lazy day by the river eating and drinking sounds like your idea of a successful stay in Cornwall, then the Shipwrights’ alluring combination of stunning river mouth setting, waterfront beer garden and mouth-watering menu is a sure fire box ticker.

Sandbar, Praa Sands

West Cornwall’s sheltered golden stretch is a picture postcard family favourite. Take the kids (and the dog) to the Sandbar for food with a Mediterranean twist created using Cornish produce and served on the terrace that overlooks the ocean and beach to drink and dine in lip-smacking style.

Chain Locker, Falmouth

A fabulous fusion of timeless and contemporary, the Chain Locker’s lovingly restored 16th century building is home to modern cuisine and an extensive bar menu that can be enjoyed from the pub’s gorgeous beer gardens, while their cantilevered balconies jutting over the waters of the Carrick Roads provide another alfresco option.

The Ship Inn, Porthleven

One of the county’s most coveted harbour towns, Porthleven provides a stirring spot whatever the season, whether you wish to storm watch or soak up the sunshine. The Ship Inn is the place for either, as well as to treat your palate to something traditional and local, which can be devoured alongside staggering views in their scenic terraced garden.

The Port William, Tintagel 

Trebarwith Sands’ popular waterside haunt combines pub classics with local ales and sprawling sea views for an alfresco drink or bite to eat that’s also brilliantly child and dog friendly, allowing you to kick back and relax to your heart’s content.

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