Great restaurants, bars and the best pubs in Cornwall


There’s no better way to sample the delights of the county then by stopping off at some greatest restaurants, bars and the best pubs in Cornwall. After all, it’s a place famed for its hospitality, food and drink.

We set ourselves the challenge of visiting the best Cornish pubs, restaurants and bars starting at the border with Devon and working our way right to the tip of Lands End.

We really put our backs into it and after many hours of drinking and eating we found the best – pubs, restaurants and bars in Cornwall that all offer a warm welcome, great food and a lovely pint.

The Little Fox Hotel – Torpoint

We start at the Little Fox Hotel – just a stone’s throw from the border with Devon and the famous South West Coast Path. It’s a place to enjoy a proper cream tea, luxurious accomodation, award-winning British cuisine or just pop in for a pint on your way past.

The Little Fox Hotel, Crafthole, Whitsand Bay, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 3BD

Rashleigh Inn – Polkerris

You’ll find the Rashleigh Inn just along the coast between Par and Fowey. It’s a pub overlooking the beach and a nice spot to explore rock pools, coves, creaks and the smell of the sea air. And you can enjoy it all with a generous helping of fresh fish, local real ales and cider at the pub.

Rashleigh Inn, Polkerris, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2TL

The Harbour Club – Portscatho

Nestled down overlooking the bay is the Portscatho Harbour Club. It’s a place loved by both locals and visitors and provides entertainment in the form of live music and bands, cinema films, discos and talks. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself there then be sure to check out the balcony which offers a splendid view and a good position for a pint!

The Harbour Club, 2 North Parade, Portscatho, TR2 5HH

The Old Ale House – Truro

If you’re passing through Truro then don’t forget to drop into our very own tap house! The Old Ale House is CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year 2017 and a finalist in the CAMRA National Pub of the Year Awards. You won’t find a better selection of of award-winning real ales in one place!

The Old Ale House, 7 Quay St, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2HD

The Boathouse – Falmouth

The Boathouse is one of only a handful of independent, free houses remaining in the town. With stunning views over the harbour, the Penryn River and Flushing, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy locally-sourced, seasonal food alongside speciality ales and wines.

The Boathouse, Trevethan Hill, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 2AG

The Shipwrights Arms – Helford

The Shipwright Arms is nestled on the banks of the glorious river Helford. From the beer garden you can enjoy a pint while the high tide gently laps up against the sea wall. It’s the best spot on the riverbank to soak up great beer, good company and watch the wildlife go by.

The Shipwrights Arms, Helford, Cornwall, TR12 6JX

The Witchball – The Lizard

Perched on the end of the end of the Lizard Peninsula, The Witchball is the most southerly pub in mainland Britain. The local fishermen supply the pub with local crab and lobster and you’ll find the best independent breweries on tap at the bar – well worth the journey!

The Witchball, Lighthouse Road, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7NJ

The Square at Porthleven – Porthleven

This is a bistro that welcomes anyone who stops by – whether it’s for coffee and cake, a light lunch or dinner. And while you’re here you might as well take in a pint of our Porthleven beer alongside some of the best steamed mussels, homemade bread and platters you’ve ever tasted.

The Square at Porthleven, 7 Fore Street, Porthleven, Cornwall, TR13 9HQ

The Admiral Benbow – Penzance

The walls of The Adminral Benbow are decked with historic smuggling relics which make it one of the most iconic pubs in Cornwall. And it’s not just the surroundings that make it special – the food is well cooked and plentiful. Customers can choose from a fine selection of steak, spiced fish soup, baked brie and fish pie which can all be enjoyed alongside a pint of Skinner’s.

The Admiral Benbow, 46 Chapel St, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4AF

Surf Beach Bar – Sennen Cove

Just two miles from Land’s End, Ben Tunnicliffe offers the last stop for a good meal and fine ales. Perched on a rugged and unspoilt natural bay, it’s also proud to be awarded the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2018 and the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2018 Awards. And it’s the perfect place to celebrate the end of a long journey through our beautiful county!

Surf Beach Bar, Sennen Cove, Cornwall, TR19 7BT

So there you go – some of the best pubs in Cornwall to visit when you’re travelling along the south coast. It means that wherever you are in the county, there’s always a decent place to eat, drink and enjoy yourself at nearby.

But don’t forget to book – these places do get busy especially in the summer months and school holidays. And if you’re looking for a place to enjoy a pint closer to home then don’t forget to look at our list of local stockists that all serve Skinner’s.