6 of the Best Beer Gardens in Cornwall
It’s that time of year again when we feel the need to run outside as soon as the sun shines! Sunny days mean BBQ’s, picnics, sitting in the park or on the beach, and meeting up with friends in a beer garden to soak up the rays. We’ve come up with a list of 6 of our favourite spots for a summer drink, but feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below!
Go for a circular walk around the headland past the beautiful beaches of Crantock and Polly Joke before relaxing with a cold beer. Enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean whilst sipping your pint and then stroll onto Crantock beach and explore rock pools or laze about on the sand dunes. The perfect place to unwind! Plus, every August bank holiday, The Bowgie host an Ale & Cider Festival with live music, real ales and ciders from across Cornwall and the UK, food, games and celebrations, all in support of Cornwall Hospice Care.
In Cornwall we like to do things ‘dreckly’, which means at a slower pace, with no rush. The Working Boat is a great place to slow down and relax into Cornish time over a couple of pints. With stunning views across Falmouth harbour, this is a lovely place to enjoy a sunny afternoon or evening. You can even travel to the pub by boat, and moor up on a private pontoon! Time your visit with a pub quiz or live music event or simply chill out and admire the views.
Enjoy St Austell Brewery real ales with amazing views of one of Cornwall's finest coastlines. The Oystercatcher Bar in Polzeath has a large outdoor seated area with views of the Atlantic ocean. There are great coastal walks nearby including the South West Coast Path route from Polzeath to Daymer Bay where you can enjoy views of the rugged coastline, and Polzeath Beach itself is great for surfing, beach games and sun bathing. You can book surf lessons here to work up an appetite for a pint and a bar snack, or you could walk on the beach with an ice cream, build sand castles and go for a paddle before relaxing in the beer garden.
Don’t miss your chance to sit in a pub where smugglers drank in the 17th century. The First and Last Inn has an intriguing atmosphere and friendly staff. This is a great place to visit after a day out at Land’s End visitor attraction or a lazy day spent on Sennen Beach. Soak up the sunshine and enjoy local ales in the lovely sheltered beer garden at the rear of the pub. The perfect spot to relax after a fun day in the far West of Cornwall.
This hidden gem is located at a pretty reservoir near Helston, Falmouth and Redruth. Positioned in a stunning waterside location next to Stithians Lake, The Golden Lion Inn and Lakeside Restaurant is a great place to enjoy a drink in a countryside setting. Wander round the award-winning gardens before finding a seat in the sunshine and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere in this idyllic rural spot. If the weather gets cooler later on, retreat into the cover and heating of the garden shelter. The perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy a refreshing pint.
A great stop-off point after a family day out at Paradise Park or a beach day on Hayle’s three miles of golden sand. The Victorian building was originally built in 1860 as a stables and coach house for the Harvey Family who lived in Glanmor House at the centre of Paradise Park. The pub is full of character and there is a sun-trap beer garden where you can enjoy local ales, including the pub's own Real Ale brew, Paradise Bitter and Artist Ale. This pub has a friendly atmosphere, plenty of parking and is a lovely traditional Cornish pub.
Where is your favourite spot for a drink in the sunshine? Share your favourite Cornish pubs with a beer garden in the comments below!
Laura Easlick, Marketing