We’ve done our research (a tough job but someone had to!) and compiled this list of Cornwall’s cosiest pubs from every corner of the Duchy. We had to whittle it down so if your favourite hasn’t made the cut let us know – we’d love to try it!
Best For Drink Buffs:
Star & Garter, Falmouth
The Star & Garter at the top of Falmouth’s Old High Street boasts comfy leather chairs, a roaring wood burner and a cosy maritime vibe; you could almost be in the Captain’s cabin on a distinguished old warship.
The food is excellent, but most of all we love this pub for the inspiring drinks selection; rums, whisky, seasonal cocktails and a brilliant wine list make it a great place to spend an evening.
Stay, eat and drink at The Star & Garter in Falmouth
Best For Families:
The Mexico Inn, Longrock
It can sometimes be difficult to find a cosy pub where children are warmly welcomed, but The Mexico Inn at Longrock offers just that – possibly because the owners have three young children themselves!
The food is a step up from your usual pub fare but totally unpretentious too – you’ll find delicious burgers, fish and chips and many other child-friendly options.
There’s a cupboard full of games and toys, and the staff are adept at making frazzled parents feel at home.
Plan your family visit to The Mexico Inn near Penzance.
Best For Location:
At the St Kew Inn you’ll find four cosy dining areas, all packed with original 15th Century features. In the winter walkers gravitate to the open fireplace to dry off and recuperate with a pint of local ale and a hearty pub lunch.
Discover a village pub in idyllic surroundings at the St Kew Inn.
Best For Walkers:
The Tinners Arms, Zennor
Intrepid walkers negotiating the coast path in the autumn and winter will certainly need a respite! This pub is a handy distance from St Ives (we suggest a taxi back!) and you’ll be rewarded with a good pint and a cosy interior, which has changed very little over the centuries.
Chunky sandwiches, ploughman’s lunches, rustic stews and warming soups dictate the menu; perfect post-walk fodder.
Plan a seasonal stomp to The Tinners Arms.
Best For Wave-Watching:
The Ship Inn, Porthleven
Overlooking the beautiful harbour of Porthleven, The Ship Inn is an ancient refuge for seafarers in all weathers.
It’s an excellent vantage point for watching the storms roll in; Porthleven is famous for it’s dramatic winter seas which see waves crashing over the harbour wall.
The traditional interior is decked out with brasses and maritime paraphernalia, and there is an excellent selection of local ales (Skinner’s ‘Porthleven’ is the natural choice!)
Watch the winter storms from a safe distance at The Ship Inn, Porthleven.
Best For Foodies
The Fox’s Revenge, Summercourt
Foodies in the know are raving about The Fox’s Revenge, a recently re-launched pub in a beautiful old farmhouse on the Carvynick Holiday Park estate. The interior is a winter haven, with cosy corners, glowing wood burners and comfy armchairs everywhere you look.
Ben Ambridge, previously Head Chef of The Longstore in Charlestown, and his partner Evie Pratt took over the pub earlier this year and reports suggest it’s now firmly on the Cornwall food map!
Ben’s food incorporates live fire cooking techniques, with lots of grilling, charring and smoking to achieve maximum flavour. Expect pub classics executed with flair and made with premium local ingredients at this idyllic rural inn.
Find out what all the fuss is about at The Fox’s Revenge!
Best For Atmosphere
The Golden Lion, Port Isaac
For an atmospheric location which captures Cornwall’s winter appeal, we don’t think you can beat The Golden Lion in the heart of Port Isaac. The pub has a rich seafaring history (there’s even a smuggler’s tunnel leading down to the beach!)
A warm welcome is guaranteed and, with crackling fires, proper pub food and a great selection of local beers, you’ll find it hard to leave!
Wish you were here? The Golden Lion is in the heart of historic Port Isaac.