The Ship Inn, Porthleven
A 17th-century pub overlooking one of the most picturesque harbours in the country, The Ship Inn is hands down one of the most exciting places to be in stormy weather. On a typical Cornish day, you can watch the waves crash over the harbour while you sip a pint of Skinners Porthleven ale and listen to the local fishermen chatting at the bar in authentically thick accents. The Ship has a terraced garden that offers a good vantage point over the village in the summer months and has a solid selection of traditional pub food.
Blue Anchor, Helston
Never heard of Spingo? Get yourself to the Blue Anchor in Helston pronto for a pint of the inn’s famous home-brewed ale. Originally a monk’s rest house, the Blue Anchor became a tavern in the 15th century and has some fascinating historical highlights (including a few grisly deaths) that will appeal to tourists and local history buffs alike. Like most Cornish pubs, the Blue Anchor is dog-friendly, and features plenty of cosy nooks in which to tuck yourself away with a pint of Spingo next to a roaring fire.
Pandora Inn, Mylor
Set on the edge of Restronguet Creek, the Pandora Inn offers spectacular views and an excellent menu (including fresh-from-the-boat fish dishes) and is frequently given the top prize in various hospitality awards. Popular with the yachting set due to its handy pontoon, the thatched 13th century inn is great for both outdoor summer and cosy winter dining. Since the devastating fire that destroyed much of the Grade 11 listed building in 2011, the pub has been sympathetically restored using traditional materials and building methods and retains its original charm.
Watering Hole, Perranporth
The only UK bar that is actually situated on the beach, the Watering Hole is a favourite location for tourists and locals alike. With spectacular sunset views, full events calendar (including a good selection of live music), and all-day menu, the Watering Hole is a family-friendly venue by day and takes on a buzzing party atmosphere at night.
Blue Bar, Porthtowan
If you’re looking for a casual surfer hangout in a beautiful location, look no further than the Blue Bar at Porthtowan. Situated on the dunes of Porthtowan beach, this laid-back surf bar is perfect for a sunset cocktail or a well-earned family lunch after a morning of splashing around in the waves. Without a single bar of mobile phone reception in a 500-meter radius, the Blue Bar is the perfect place to switch off for an hour or two and just enjoy the scenery.
The Heron Inn, Malpas
A fabulous riverside pub set in an area of outstanding natural beauty with views overlooking the River Fal, the Heron Inn is where you take out-of-town visitors you want to impress. Featuring an excellent menu full of locally sourced produce, the inn is accessible by both car and boat and has a lovely outdoor terrace for summer dining. If the paths aren’t too muddy, take a stroll along one of the riverside walks where you can spot a variety of wildfowl, including Egrets, Curlews, Ospreys, and the pub’s namesake, the Grey Heron.
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