Nowhere does pubs quite like Cornwall. Its incredible views, ancient architecture and array of award-winning breweries mean it’s home to some of the best drinking spots in England and the most scenic beer gardens on the planet. Well, at Snaptrip, we don’t want you to waste your time finding the perfect place to have a pint. That’s why we’ve scoured the South West to find the best pubs Cornwall has to offer, meaning you can spend less time looking, and more time drinking.
Cornwall pubs to enjoy a brew in
- Ship Inn
- The Blisland Inn
- The Miner’s Arms
- The Gurnard’s Head
- The Pandora Inn
- Tinners Arms
- The Driftwood Spars
- The Rashleigh Inn
- St Tudy Inn
- The Chintz Symposium
Best for: Classic Cornish character
Full of classically Cornish character, Ship Inn has that warm and welcoming feel that comes with being a proper country pub. With great views out across Mousehole harbour, you’re going to want to get a seat by the window. Especially during the summer months, when you let the warm sea air inn and pair your pint with the fresh and salty smell of the Cornish coast.
Low ceilings, wooden beams and open fires add to the pub’s cosy charm, while an excellent selection of St Austell ales gives you a reason to stay late into the night. The kitchen serves fresh, local food year-round, using their location to get first pick of the fisherman’s morning catches. Serving some of the finest fish in the British Isles, their home cooking has the taste of Cornwall in every dish.
The Blisland Inn
Best for: A superb selection of real ales
Bodmin’s Blisland Inn is the best place in Cornwall for one very important thing. Since husband and wife team Gary and Margaret Marshall opened the pub, it has played host to over 1,370 different, but equally delicious, real ales. No two trips to this authentic boozer will ever taste the same, as it is constantly evolving and changing its selection of beer. The only thing that stays the same is a commitment to hosting predominantly Cornish brewers.
In keeping with the pub’s traditional appeal, the menu is home-cooked and honest, leaning towards British comfort food classics – just what you need after a hike on the moor. Only 15 minutes from the infamous Jamaica Inn and 30 from Port Isaac, there’s plenty to see and do nearby.
The Miner’s Arms
Location: St Agnes
Best for: Centuries of Cornish history
Many pubs call themselves a ‘pillar of the community’ but nowhere says it more truthfully than the Miner’s Arms. This quaint, cosy pub has been serving St Agnes locals since the 16th century. Throughout its rich and fascinating history, the pub has been a courthouse, a venue for inquests and even a smugglers’ lair. According to local legends, the ghosts of former smugglers have been known to return to finish their drinks and settle scores from time to time.
While the pub sits a little off the beaten track, it’s well worth a visit for anyone willing to make the trek. If you’re looking for a warm, authentically Cornish experience, it’s the perfect place. Especially on Sundays, when the old-school menu includes a heart-warming roast and selection of classic pub pies.
The Gurnard’s Head
Location: St Ives
Best for: Boasting that you’ve been
A landmark pub right on the edge of England, The Gurnard’s Head is your last chance for a pint before hitting the Atlantic Ocean. Between St Just and Zennor, this is genuine Cornwall. Wild, mysterious and beautiful, it’s an inn that transports you back to a time when everything moved a little bit slower and life was a whole lot simpler.
The food is simple, local and perfectly prepared; best described as home-cooking of the highest standard. Thanks to its wholesome feel, hearty food and unique location, the pub is regularly cited as one of England’s ‘must visit’ locations.
The Pandora Inn
Best for: Hunkering down on a blustery day
At Falmouth’s Pandora Inn, the time it takes your dinner to go from being in the ocean, to on a local fishing boat, to perfectly prepared, seasoned and paired with a pint of local ale, can be just a few hours. As well as being one of the few pubs that serve fish fresh from the boat, this 13th-century inn is one of the cosiest spots in Cornwall.
Home to a roaring log fire, on wild and windy days there’s nothing like curling up inside here with a wholesome helping of home-cooked food. That being said, the Pandora Inn is also the place to be in Summer. When the sun’s shining, the pub’s floating pontoon becomes the star of the show with meals served on the water.
Best for: Being part of the community
Every community has a heart, and for the village of Zennor, it’s this picturesque pub. Built in 1271, the Tinners Arms has been the centre of village life for over 700 years. Quaint and atmospheric, a trip to this old-world inn makes you feel like a real St Ives local. Originally built as accommodation for the masons constructing the local church, its flagstone floors, stripped pine furnishings and roaring open fires still feel cosy enough to call home.
Enjoy a pint in the cosy bar, or feast on proper pub food in the light and airy dining room. Outside, the pub’s character spills onto a sun-soaked garden, where the fresh, salty smell of rural Cornwall flow’s year-round. Best of all, Tinners regularly hosts local live music to complete the Cornish experience.
The Driftwood Spars
Location: St Agnes
Best for: Home brewed beer
Sat on the front of a picture postcard, in the heart of Trevaunance Cove, The Driftwood Spars at St Agnes can be summed up in just one word – idyllic. Pointing out toward the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this is a pub that was made for Summer. During the warmer months you can sit out front on the terrace, watch the fishing boats go by and pair your pint with a warm sea breeze.
Even more impressive than the views, however, is the selection of drink. Named Cornwall’s pub of the year in 2009 and 2010, The Driftwood Spars owes much of its success to its award-winning selection of real ale, brewed in the pub’s very own micro-brewery, just across the road.
The Rashleigh Inn
Best for: Spectacular sun-sets
The sound of silence, the smell of the sea and the true taste of Cornwall. The Rashleigh Inn isn’t just a cosy pub on one of the South West’s most popular beaches, it’s the full Cornish experience. The pub is surrounded by everything that makes the county what it is, from golden sands to surfing spots, fresh fish to real ale, to an immaculately clear sky, which makes for some of the best sunsets in Britain.
Since the pub’s current owners took over in 2001, the Rashleigh Inn has featured in every single edition of the Good Beer Guide and the Good Pub Guide. During the Summer months, the garden is one of the most idyllic places on the South West coast path. Here, you can watch the sun disappear behind rolling hills and day’s last light leak across the Atlantic Ocean.
St Tudy Inn
Best for: World-class cooking
St Tudy Inn in Bodmin is a charming village pub whose spirit is utterly Cornish, but whose reputation spreads across the world. Its ethos is simple – comforting food done incredibly well. Propelled onto the culinary map by the skill and passion of its executive chef, Emily Scott, its ingredients echo the seasons, making the most of what the local land and sea produce.
Inside, the pub is as stylish as the food, with antique furniture, a roaring log burner and a leather armchair or two. Its own St Tudy Ale is brewed locally, and the 12-strong cocktail list is well worth a tipple or two.
The Chintz Symposium
Best for: A fantastical atmosphere
If you are a fan of toned-down decor, this may not be the place for you. After one visit, you’ll understand how well the name ‘Chintz Symposium’ fits. This Falmouth pub mixes crazy colours and eccentric furnishings, with rustic oak beams and original wooden floors.
Far from your run of the mill wine bar, the Chintz Symposium takes its inspiration from the insanity of Alice in Wonderland. Red velvet chairs, ornate gold furniture, a mini library, tapestry rugs and a chandelier all combine in a wondrous and creative atmosphere.