Whether you’re after a cosy pub for a post-walk pint on a blustery autumn day, or fancy a winter drive to a great pub for Sunday Roast, The Cottage Boutique team are a fount of local knowledge!
We’ve narrowed it down to some of our favourites which are well worth the short drive from the St Ives area, all of which come with a suggested walk nearby to alleviate the guilt of tucking into that hearty roast dinner with all the trimmings…
The Tinners Arms, Zennor
This beautiful old village pub has been the salvation of many a walker taking on the challenging stretch of coastal path heading west from St Ives. The countryside here is stunning, whether you brave the coast itself or cut in through the ancient fields divided by Cornish hedges, which tumble down towards the steep cliffs and surging ocean.
Sunday lunch at The Tinners Arms is served 12 – 3 and in the winter the best spots are at either end of the cosy bar area, sheltered behind thick Cornish granite and next to a roaring fire.
The Gurnard’s Head, Treen
Following the road further west from Zennor, you can spot The Gurnard’s Head a mile away. The gorse-yellow building stands proudly between cliffs and moorland, and the picturesque road winds its way through several tiny hamlets before you finally arrive at this renowned pub with rooms. From the pub car park there’s a lovely stroll down to the headland itself, which is particularly spectacular in stormy seas.
The excellent Sunday Lunch at The Gurnard’s is served 12 – 3, and booking is recommended.
The Mexico Inn, Longrock
This fun, colourful pub on the outskirts of Penzance is family-friendly and serves delicious food in relaxed surroundings. Local sourcing is a given, and you can expect everything which comes out of the kitchen here to be fresh, nourishing and seasonal.
There’s boardgames to get stuck into, highchairs for little ones, and the pub is dog-friendly too. Sunday Lunch at The Mexico is served 12 -7, making it perfect for families looking for flexibility. For a walk, we recommend Longrock Beach just around the corner, from where you can enjoy views of St Michael’s Mount.
The Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn
If you want to try Cornwall’s freshest seafood straight from Newlyn harbour, The Tolcarne is the place for you. Build up to it with a walk along Penzance Promenade (or even a dip at Jubilee Pool!) before diving into dishes showcasing the huge array of species landed at Newlyn – one of the UK’s most important fishing ports.
No traditional Sunday roasts here, but the combination of supremely fresh fish along with the bounty of local market gardens and organic growers is wholesome and delicious. Check opening hours in advance as they vary throughout the year.
The Old Coastguard, Mousehole
A stroll around the pretty village of Mousehole (famous for its magical Christmas lights) wouldn’t be complete without a trip to The Old Coastguard. Sister establishment to The Gurnard’s Head, it’s decorated with the same imaginative colours and works by acclaimed local artists adorn the walls.
Sunday Lunch is served 12 – 3 but really any meal here is a delight, especially when you’re not driving and so are able to get stuck into the eclectic and interesting wine list.
Fancy staying closer to your holiday let here in St Ives? Check out our recommendations for date night restaurants in and around town.