The best places for outdoor drinking in Cornwall

From the 12th of April, we will finally be on our way to freedom. This starts with pub gardens nestled by the beach, outdoor dining and drinking opening up again for a summer of memories. If you haven't yet, it might be time to get some bookings sorted to ensure you're first in line for an al fresco Cornish G&T with friends, at some of the best outdoor drinking spots in Cornwall.

The Scarlet Hotel, Newquay

The Scarlet Restaurant is perched on a cliff overlooking Mawgan Porth beach, serving exceptional seasonal dishes and cocktails, as you gaze out on the spectacular view of the Atlantic ocean.


The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

Nestled in the heart of the idyllic village of St Mawes, The Idle Rocks is a luxurious hotel with an award-winning restaurant and an unbeatable view of the calm waves and water. It’s one of Cornwall’s most prestigious drinking spots - with a guarantee to make you feel like you’re on a Mediterranean holiday.


The Ferryboat Inn, Helford

You’ll find The Ferryboat Inn located in a very beautiful corner of Cornwall. Situated in Helford with a stunningly serene view across the timeless Helford Passage, the pub sits in a beautiful unspoilt cove with direct access to the beach and is surrounded by walks along the South Coast including the nearby Trebah Garden. Using local food producers and with a ‘farm to table’ ethos, The Ferryboat Inn is one of Cornwall’s true gems.


The Mariners Pub, Rock

Renowned Cornish chef, Paul Ainsworth, relaunched The Mariners pub in Rock in 2019. With a large deck bar overlooking Cornwall’s Camel Estuary, this drinking spot is the perfect place for local, delicious food from some of Cornwall’s best chefs.


Gylly Café, Falmouth

Positioned on Falmouth’s famous Gyllyngvase Beach, Gylly Café overlooks Pendennis Castle and the expansive sea for a stylish, relaxed eatery with plenty of outdoor space.


Fox's Revenge, Carvynick 

The award-winning 400 year old Fox’s Revenge pub is set in the quiet Cornish countryside, in between Newquay and Truro. For the summer they have tipis and tents, creating a unique drinking experience with some glamorous shelter (just in case the inevitable rain might pour!). With a large selection of wines, cocktails, beers and food from their own smokehouse - this spot is one to treasure.