Cornish nightlife

Best Pubs in Cornwall

Cornwall has a host of pubs, from old-fashioned inns to modern, up-to-date bars.

West Cornwall

Star Inn, Crowlas, TR20 8DX (01736 740375) – A rare traditional "wet" pub (no food) beside the A30 that can still turn a profit from serving real ales. Many are brewed on the premises by the Penzance Brewing Company, including a seven per cent Scilly Stout for connoisseurs.

Blue Anchor Inn, Helston TR13 8EL (01326 562821) – There has been a working brewery here for 600 years and the interior of this thatched, town-centre pub hasn’t changed much either. Its most popular brew, Middle, a traditional sweet bitter, was originally made to welcome home soldiers from the First World War.

Tinners Arms, Zennor TR26 3BY (01736 796927; – The main bar is little changed from its origin as a place to sleep for the builders of the medieval church next door. The place has local beers, fast, honest pub grub and a big sunny patio with views down to the sea. It’s one of the county’s great buildings.

Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe, The Lizard TR12 7QB (01326 240406) – This pub has possibly the best sunset view in Cornwall, high on a cliff looking across at the Land’s End peninsula, plus well-kept beers and simple local dishes from the kitchen.

South Cornwall

Gylly Beach Cafe, Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth TR11 4PA (01326 312884; – Its long, covered terrace is a popular gathering place for a sundowner cocktail, with a grandstand view over the Fal estuary. Gourmet burgers are a must if you linger.

Pandora Inn, Mylor Bridge (01326 372678; Gorgeous waterside setting in a creek off the River Fal. It has tables on a long pontoon, ideal for drinking a summer’s evening away. You would never know that this ancient thatched inn burned down a couple of years ago. The restoration job is superb.

Fishermans Arms, Golant (01726 832 453, – A beer drinkers’ pub known for its guest beers in a quiet riverside village on the River Fowey.

Rod and Line, Tideford, near Saltash PL12 5HW (01752 851323) – A spit and sawdust pub with real locals, real ales and a big reputation for its food.

North Cornwall

Blue Bar, Porthtowan (01209 890329; – Regular music, decent bistro food and a good vibe at this surfers favourite beside Porthtowan beach. Large, sunny terrace.

The Watering Hole, Perranporth Beach (01872 572888; - A proper beach bar that narrowly escaped last winter's storms. A lively place for a sunset drink with regular live music and comedy nights.

Bush Inn, Morwenstow EX23 9SR (01288 331242; – A 13th-century freehouse in the far north of the county, serving great steaks to go with the real ales.


Nights out in Cornwall

Out in Newquay

If you're visiting Cornwall during the summer then it’s worth having a look to see what plays are on at Stert's Theatre. On a nice summer's night this is a really fun way to spend the evening. To make a night out of it there is a substantial grassy area to enjoy a picnic before the show. Alternatively, there is a bar and bistro, a barbecue or you can order a hamper!

Luckily, both the stage and the seating area are now covered, so the days of sitting miserably in the rain during the performance are over! However, the seats are far from comfy so most people bring cushions and rugs with them, and of course warm clothes are advisable as it often gets chilly. As well as theatre, Sterts also hosts musical performances and school trips, and run performance classes. Newquay is a great place to go out!

Out in St Ives

Nightlife in St Ives is about walking along the harbour, looking at how the light changes and how people start coming out to dine after a day on the beach and all of a sudden there are loads of people chatting and enjoying their holidays. It gets a bit madder on New Year's Eve down here though.

For those who want greater amusements at night, there are a number of clubs further up the High Street but St Ives is more of a general feeling of fun than a clubbing kind of place. A lot of people rent apartments, surf all day and then enjoy their own company and beer on the balconies in the evening.

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