January – a month of bracing sea air, invigorating walks and crashing waves. It’s the time of year when Cornwall’s coastline takes on different rhythm as the winter winds stir the sea and dramatic waves reach our shoreline. With the ocean at its most turbulent, it’s prime time for wave watching. And the perfect companion to winter walks on the beach and a touch of wave watching? Hot chocolate, of course.
Whether you’re a stickler for convention and prefer to stick to a traditional hot chocolate or like to rock the boat and try unconventional flavours, we have the best recommendations for you.
The Bowgie Inn, Newquay
Perched atop the West Pentire Headland with panoramic views overlooking the golden sands of Crantock Beach, The Bowgie Inn is a cherished local pub renowned for its exceptional food and drink, including a delightful selection of hot chocolates. The Inn offers both plain and luxury hot chocolates, catering to varying tastes. However, what sets this spot apart is its range of hot chocolates infused with alcohol. Savour a Festive Rum Hot Chocolate, a Baileys Hot Chocolate or even a Cointreau hot chocolate, perfect for chocolate orange lovers.
Beyond their range of hot chocolate choices, The Bowgie Inn is a proud member of the “Taste of the West”. If you find yourself craving more than just a cup of hot chocolate, their traditional English menu offers an array of delicious dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients.
The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
Nestled alongside Watergate Bay Hotel, The Beach Hut merges cosiness with coastal panoramas. With a range of unique flavours including classics like extreme hot chocolate, white hot chocolate, and adventurous options such as chai hot chocolate and baileys hot chocolate, this café caters to every taste.
Perched overlooking Watergate Bay beach, renowned for its surfer-friendly waves, The Beach Hut is the prime spot for indulging in a steaming mug of hot chocolate while watching skilled surfers ride the Atlantic swells.
Poldhu Beach Cafe
What sets Poldhu apart is their monthly fancy flavour selection. This month, they're pulling out all the stops with a line-up that includes mouth-watering options like Maltesers, Mini eggs, Reese's, Oreo, and Buttons. These unique flavours are sure to entice even the most discerning hot chocolate connoisseur.
For the ultimate experience, bundle up and settle into their outdoor seating, perfectly positioned to provide sweeping views across Poldhu Cove's sandy, sheltered beach and out to the vast expanse of the sea. It's an invitation to cosy up with your favourite mug of hot chocolate and savour the picturesque views.
Gylly Beach Cafe, Gyllyngvase Beach
Situated directly on the Gyllyngvase beach, Gylly Beach Café is another location for the traditionalists, only offering hot chocolate or deluxe hot chocolate. While you can’t go wrong with their indoor seating, if you want the best view of the waves, sit in their outdoor area, equipped with heaters to keep you toasty. Gyllyngvase beach is situated along the south coast, so you’ll find you’ll find calmer waves here but a beautiful spot none the less.
The Watering Hole, Perranporth
Surrounded by tall cliffs and rolling dunes, The Watering Hole is situated in a picture perfect spot on Perranporth Beach. The Watering Hole’s hot chocolate menu may be simple, featuring classic or hot chocolate adorned with whipped cream and marshmallows. However, the real allure lies in the incredible views overlooking Perranporth beach, offering a glimpse into why they were awarded the winners of the Seaside Award 2022.
Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach
Perched on the picturesque Roseland Peninsula within Cornwall Natural Landscape (formally Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick Beach offers a unique hot chocolate experience in one of Cornwall’s most stunning and unspoiled landscapes.
While Hidden Hut offers outside seating only, it's an invitation to grab your cup of hot chocolate and venture onto the sandy shores. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach and explore its biodiverse and thriving rock pools, a hallmark of Porthcurnick Beach’s natural beauty.
Blue Bar, Porthtowan
Tucked away in a Cornwall National Landscape in St Agnes, the Blue Bar on Porthtowan offers a cosy retreat from the north coast’s rugged surroundings.
Situated right on the edge of Porthtowan’s soft sandy beach, the Blue Bar provides the perfect vantage point for viewing the big curling waves the north coast is renowned for. At high tide, expect to watch the sea lash at the window, the perfect backdrop as you curl up with one of their divine hot chocolates.
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