13 of the best pub gardens in Cornwall

The Sloop Inn, St Ives. Copyright: David Nicholls, Flickr, (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The Sloop Inn, St Ives. Copyright: David Nicholls, Flickr, (CC BY-NC 2.0) - Credit: Archant

We love sitting in a pub garden with good beer and even better company. In no particular order, we pick thirteen of the best Cornwall pubs with beer gardens

1. The Sloop Inn, St Ives

The Sloop is a well-loved landmark overlooking St Ives Harbour and the beer garden out the front of the pub is always packed with punters when the sun is out. Get there early for a coveted seat looking out to sea, and kick back with a pint of Doom Bar whilst soaking up the bonhomie atmosphere. Cheers!

2. Tywarnhayle Inn, Perranporth

As welcoming in the summer as it is in the winter, the Tywarnhayle Inn has a large pub garden to the rear which is a popular sun trap for beer drinkers in the warmer months. Dogs are welcome to join in on the fun too.

On the menu is a whole host of British favourites, from a hearty Ploughman's lunch to Cornish pasties, there's plenty to sate the appetite.

3. The Bowgie Inn, West Pentire

After a ramble on Crantock beach, you can't beat a beer and bar snack on the terrace of The Bowgie Inn. Relax with a pint of something from St Austell Brewery or a cold glass of Pinot and olives whilst you enjoy the scenery. From here you can see unspoilt views of Crantock, Polly Joke, the Gannel and beyond.

4. The Falcon Inn, St Mawgan

From roaring fires in the winter to a stunning pub garden with flora and fauna in the summer, this wonderful village pub is a welcoming place to visit all year round. There's plenty of choices for a tipple to take in the garden; the pub has three hand pumps with an ever-changing menu of real ales and two real ciders on draught. You are truly spoilt for choice for both drink and location at The Falcon Inn.

5. Pandora Inn, Falmouth

The Pandora Inn has its roots firmly nestled in Cornwall's history. The inn's origins date back to the 13th century, and with its pristine thatched roof, flagstone floors and low beamed ceilings, every measure has been taken to preserve its ancient aesthetics.

Outside, the Pandora Pontoon overlooks the beautiful sights of the Restronguet Creek. An ideal hangout for those long, warm, summer days we don't see often enough.

6. The Rashleigh, Polkerris

Who needs a garden when you can have a beach? Come to The Rashleigh and that's exactly what you'll find. Unwind with a Pear Rattler with plenty of ice and watch the waves as they come rolling in.

Feeling peckish? Tuck into one of the pub's renowned bowls of baked nachos as a tasty bar snack.

7. Shipwrights Arms, Helford

On the banks of the Helford River, you'll find this charming Cornish pub with Instagram-worthy views of the surrounding water and rolling countryside. Sit outside and watch the boats bobbing by.

In the summer, the outside pizza kitchen serves up stone-baked pizzas for punters. We can't think of a better way to spend a summer's afternoon.

8. Ferry Boat Inn, Helford Passage

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This trendy family-run pub is full of rustic charm and provides a splendid beach-side setting for drinking and dining al fresco.

Talking of food, the menu here is the real star of the show. From small plates (think tempura prawns and fish tacos), to crispy mac and cheese and fish and chips, we think it's one of the best pub menus in Cornwall.

9. The Gurnard's Head, Zennor

Venture off the beaten track to The Gurnard's Head and you won't be disappointed. This remote pub is surrounded by spectacular vistas and it is well worth the journey. In the summer the pub's huge garden is the best place to spend a sunny day. The yellow coloured building and the surrounding palm trees create a slightly tropical vibe.

10. The Watering Hole, Perranporth

If you thought The Rashleigh was close to the beach, the Watering Hole is even more so as the bar sits directly on the sand. After a day on the beach, freshen up with a pint of beer and a cocktail and your toes in the sand. If you're really lucky you might even catch some live music by some well-known bands…

11. The Tinners Arms, Zennor

The story behind this historic pub dates back to 1271 when the inn was built to accommodate a band of stonemasons and the charm and character of this ancient pub still remain today. Outside, the matured pub garden is a sun trap in the summer. Surrounded by luscious green countryside and a hint of the sea in the distance, it's one of our favourite pubs to head to when a heatwave is on.

12. The Logan Rock, Treen

Nestled in the picturesque village of Treen, The Logan Rock is close to the South West Coast Path making it a great finishing point for a coastal ramble - especially in the summer when the beer garden is full of people catching some rays over a beer.

We like to sit in the garden with a bottle of wine and one of the Logan Rock sharing platters for two.

13. The Port William Inn, Trebarwith Sand

You can't beat a spot of al fresco dining and we know just the place. The Port William Inn has lots of outdoor seating on its terrace and you're guaranteed a sea view when dining here.

On the menu, there are plenty of pub classics, burgers, seafood and sharing platters (we like the sound of the grilled Cornish lobster with skinny fries). And being a St Austell Brewery pub there are plenty of real ales behind the bar.