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South West Coast Path - Pubs and Cafes

Below is a list of all the pubs and cafes that are right beside the path between Port Issac (in North Cornwall) and Looe (in South Cornwall).  If I had included those within 50 metres of the path the list would have been huge.  As you will see it is quite substantial anyway.  For those who do not know the path it demonstrates that walking the path can be quite a culinary treat as well as an outdoor challenge with wonderful views.  


Golden Lion Pub - Port Issac. Set overlooking the Cornish sea in the idyllic fishing village of Port Isaac, The Golden Lion is a beautiful 18th century pub full of original character and charm. Home of the ‘Bloody Bones Bar’ which boasts a smuggling tunnel leading down onto a causeway on the beach

The Waterfront – Polzeath. A restaurant/café that overlooks the beach, open all day serving breakfast, lunch and supper.

Trevone Beach Café – Trevone.  An excellent café set overlooking the beach, excellent morning coffee stop when walking from Padstow to Porthcothan.

The Harlyn Inn – Harlyn.  A large lively pub with some bed and breakfast rooms and self-catering flats.

Treyarnon Bay Café Bar – Treyarnon.  Good value food and drink open all day until 9pm.  Ideal lunch spot when walking from Padstow to Porthcothan.

The Beach Hut - Watergate Bay.  A vibrant café, with a ski mountain restaurant feel.  A perfect spot for lunch when walking from Porthcothan to Newquay.

Fern Pit Café and Ferry – Pentire.  Pitched on the side of the Gannel and offering a ferry service to the Crantock side when the tide is high (saves a lot of walking). Open between 10am and 6 pm serving hot drinks and sandwiches.

St Piran’s Inn - Holywell Bay.  A friendly pub and an ideal lunch stop walking from Newquay to Perranporth or Trevaunance Cove.

The Watering Hole – Perranporth.  A bar on the beach (Britain’s only apparently)

Driftwood Spars - Trevaunance Cove.  A pub and bed and breakfast.  Ideal lunch stop when walking from Perranporth to Portreath.  They have an award winning selection of real ales.

Portreath Arms – Portreath.  Excellent bar and restaurant.

Atlantic Café – Portreath.  Lively café serving food all day.

Godrevy Café – Godrevy Beach.  Excellent food, brilliant views.

Sunset Surf Café – Gwithian.  A great small café with its own surf school.

The Old Quay House – Hayle.  Pub with rooms.

Porthminster Beach Café – Porthminster Beach.  Excellent café but also an award winning seafood restaurant.  A must for an evening meal if you are staying in St Ives.

Porthgwidden Beach Café – St Ives.  Patisseries and the finest ground coffee served.

Porthmeor Beach Café – St Ives.  Serving all day has inside seating as well as cosy heated booths.  Excellent food and coffee.

Ben Tunnicliffe – Sennen Cove.  An excellent beach café and fish restaurant.

The Old Success Inn – Sennen Cove.  A pub with rooms and a frequent overnight stop for walkers on the St Ives to Penzance route.              

Land’s End – You will find multiple food outlets here along with crowds of people.  Stop only if you need to!

Porthgwarra Cove Café.  This cove was used in “Poldark” for the now famous swimming scene.  A lovely seasonal café.

Lamorna Cove Café – mixed reviews but when walking along the coast from Porthcurno it is a welcome spot for a break before the slightly tricky walk on to Mousehole.

The Ship Inn – Mousehole.  A traditional pub serving giant portions of fish and chips.

The Old Coastguard – Mousehole.  An independent pub/hotel serving excellent food.

The Dolphin Tavern  - Penzance. 

The Cabin Beach Cafe – Perranuthnoe. A lovely little café that is an ideal morning coffee stop if walking from Penzance to Mullion.

Beachcomber Café – Praa Sands.  Good spot for some lunch on the Penzance to Mullion walk.

The Harbour Inn – Porthleven. A lively pub with rooms.

Nauti but Ice – Porthleven. A coffee shop also serving Roskilly’s Ice Cream on the side of the habour.

Polpeor Café – Lizard Point

Cadgwith Cove Inn - Cadgwith Cove.  A pub with rooms, there is often locals singing there in the evenings.

The Paris Hotel – Coverack.  A bar/restaurant and hotel on the point as you arrive at Coverack from south.

The Five Pilchards – Porthallow.

The Shipwright Arms – Helford.  A wonderful serving great food.

The Ferryboat Inn - Helford Passage.  An excellent pub on the edge of the Helford River.  A great place for a drink if you have just had a long day’s walk from Coverack.

Lifes a Beach – Maenporth.

Swanpool Beach Café – Swanpool. Best placed café for a lunch stop on the Helford to Falmouth walk.

Gylly Beach Café – Falmouth.  A large café with a great beach vybe.

The Hidden Hut – Porthcurnick Beach.  A now almost famous café that serves fabulous soups.

The Quarterdeck at the Nare hotel – Nare. Does excellent lunch and afternoon tea, you might have to take off your muddy boots before entering.

The Lugger Hotel – Portloe.

Caerhays Beach Café – Caerhays. Open’s seasonally.

The Harbour Tavern – Mevagissey.  Have a pint and watch the fishing boats in the harbour.

The Ship Inn – Pentewan.

The Harbourside Inn – Charlestown.  Good lunch stop if walking from Mevagissey to Fowey in a day.

Rashleigh Inn – Polkerris.  Friendly pub.

Sam’s on the Beach – Polkerris.  Excellent sea food restaurant.

The Lugger Inn – Polruan.

Crumpets Café – Polruan.  Great little corner cafe, I usually drop in every year when I am in Polruan for the South West 3 Peaks Yacht Race

Blue Peter Inn – Polperro.  Dog friendly pub with an open log fire and good food.

The Three Pilchards – Polperro. A lively pub with plenty of live music nights.

Talland Bay Beach Café – Nr Looe.  Sandwiches, cakes and ice creams all at a fair price