With its miles of endless coastline and lush green landscape, west Cornwall is a holiday destination like no other. Days of exploration deserve somewhere to relax and refuel and where better than in one of the area’s excellent inns. As the Duchy continues to make its mark on the foodie map, local produce and Cornish artisan drinks feature highly on menus, curated by top-class chefs that are taking pub grub to a whole new level. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly inn serving pub classics, a dog-friendly gastro-pub with fresh fish in abundance or a good old Sunday lunch with a pint of local ale our pick of west Cornwall’s finest taverns is enough to sate anyone’s appetite.
This historic maritime pub is now under the stewardship of renowned local chef and restauranteur Ben Tunnicliffe. Expect great food in unpretentious surroundings, where flagstone floors and scrubbed wooden tables hark back to its traditional fisherman’s pub heritage. Friendly for both families and dogs, the chalkboard menu changes with the seasons and fish literally comes from next door! Fresh produce served from local growers, a well-kept selection of local ales and ciders and a wine list that perfectly complements the food will mean you will want to return again and again.
Overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the bay, and with views across to St Michael’s Mount and the Lizard peninsula beyond, The Old Coastguard emits a charm of bygone luxury. Sipping a drink on the terrace as the palm trees sway in the breeze, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in Mediterranean climes. With a traditional brasserie menu, the ethos embraces the finest ingredients, prepared simply. Dogs are welcome, and children get their own little menu and the enclosed garden makes for a great adventure playground once plates are cleared.
With a heritage dating back to 1695, as soon as you enter you can almost feel the presence of bygone pirates and smugglers who would have frequented this historic drinking house. You can’t miss the pub as you walk down Chapel Street with its iconic yellow window frames and a Jolly Roger hoisted high and fluttering in the breeze. Inside is a veritable Aladdin’s of maritime artefacts from ancient wrecks, where low beams and snug tables create a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy some good grub or a local ale. Dogs are more than welcome.
With a specular location just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge on Marazion beach and overlooked by the imposing St Michael’s Mount, The Godolphin is a wonderful place for a drink or food in equal measure. With sandy toes and sun-kissed skin, you’ll find laidback beachside dining and a fun drinks menu at Craby’s beach bar and terrace, where dogs are also welcome. For a more formal experience, Shutters restaurant and bar offers a chic oceanfront dining experience whose menu burgeons with local produce.
Thought to be one of the oldest inns in Cornwall dating back to the 12th century The Vic, as it’s affectionately known by locals and visitors alike, is ideal for a lunchtime stop-off if you are walking the coast path between Marazion and Praa Sands. It’s dog friendly, too, and when the weather’s fine the south-facing beer garden is a real sun trap. On colder days retreat to the cosy bar (which is always well stocked) with its exposed stone walls and low ceilings. The menu is seasonal and full of local produce and the Sunday Roasts are a must…booking essential!
Amongst the wilds of west Cornwall, teetering on the edge of raw heathered cliff lands you’ll come across the dog-friendly Gurnard’s Head. An iconic landmark along this coastline, thanks to its sunshine yellow exterior, in contrast with the verdant surrounding landscape. The Gurnard’s Head provides exceptional, hearty food for those hungry souls, and cosy rooms for travellers to rest, having long since been a refuge for walkers and artists alike. This is a rural retreat unlike any other, a chance to unwind, and with these dramatic expanses it is easy to see why.
As the heat of the summer ebbs away, Cornwall dons a subtler cloak. This a more mellow time to visit the Duchy as the peak season crowds diminish leaving deserted beaches, quiet meandering paths and deserted cliff tops. If you’re travelling as a couple then our sleep-two boltholes are perfect for rest and relaxation while families can enjoy some precious together-time during October half term. Or why not experience a Cornish Christmas like no other?
Discover our beautiful homestays nearby:
You’ll find Mousehole Cottage next door to The Old Coastguard and located close to the harbour in the beautiful coastal village of Mousehole, a few miles west of Penzance. From the cottage it is an easy walk down to the coast or into the village to explore the wonderful cafés and independent shops.
This delightful detached property has a secure garden and private parking space. It sleeps six and is perfect for chillier autumn evenings with a woodburner and full central heating. Mousehole Cottage is available for October half term (Friday 21st to Friday 28th October) at a significantly reduced rate of £850 for the week or £165 per night (minimum 5 nights).
This homestay is close to the mile-long sandy beach at Praa Sands and a short drive to the wonderfully foodie village of Porthleven, packed with cosy cafés, traditional pubs and beautiful restaurants. There are stunning sea views from this cosy, traditional farmhouse and wonderful extensive gardens to explore. Lesceave Farmhouse is available for October half term (Friday 28th October to Friday 4th November) at a reduced rate of £1,400 per week or £250 per night (minimum 5 nights).
The super-stylish Summer House is located just above the harbour village of Mousehole, near Penzance. A beautifully furnished and spacious property, it’s an easy walk to the village from here or a short drive to Newlyn or Penzance. The Summer House is available during October half term ( Friday 21stOctober to Friday 4th November) at a discounted rate of £1,350 per week or £243 per night (minimum 5 nights).
Book now and quote BUYLOCAL and you will receive a welcome hamper with lovely local goodies included.