Staff picks for outdoor drinking

With long awaited reunions on the horizon, our team have pulled together 20 places in and around Cornwall that we think are welcoming and wonderful. They range from small sheds up on cliff tops to large restaurants with pontoons. 


Greens of Padstow, Padstow

Glorious food and breathtaking views, this restaurant comes with a mini-golf course amid a secret garden looking over Padstow Harbour. Find them on the outer harbour towards the Camel Estuary.


Green Bank, Falmouth

The Working Boat Bar is situated on the water's edge where their famous marquee on the sea will welcome you back to enjoy al fresco dining whatever the weather offering hearty appetisers, open daily from 10am till late.


The Mariners, Rock

Situated in the heart of Rock is The Mariners which has been relaunched by Paul & Emma Ainsworth. Open daily, it offers some of the best food and drink in the county overlooking the Camel Estuary.


The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

At Idle Rocks you can enjoy lunch and dinner on the blissful water’s edge dining spot in the seaside village of St Mawes. Kick off your shoes and re-engage with the simple pleasures in life. 


Prawn on The Farm, Padstow

Prawn On The Farm is back on Trerethern Farm just outside of Padstow where their Menu can change daily depending on what the fisherman have caught. Katy, Rick and the team have created one of the most popular outdoor dining experiences the SW has seen, and so worth it. 


Rick Steins, Padstow

Opened by Rick Stein and Jill Stein in 1975, the Seafood Restaurant is where it all began. Boasting an international reputation for serving the freshest fish and shellfish.


The Longstore, Charlestown

Locally sourced from land and sea famous for their Cornish Steak and Seafood located on the edge of Charlestown with a terrace overlooking the harbour. Incredible food, talented bartenders making incredible cocktails, and friendly service to boot. 


The Living Space Watergate Bay Hotel 

Lounge, graze and gaze with views overlooking Watergate Bay with sofas, armchairs and banquette tables so there is something for everyone. A dream location for iconic coastal eating and drinking, with a welcome touch of luxury. 


Fish House, Fistral

Located a stone throw from the sea at Fistral, The Fish House use locally caught seafood straight from Newquay Harbour to create rustic dishes that have been inspired by exotic destinations.


Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick

By day offering seasonal lunches from their outdoor beach kitchen and by night hosting open-air feast nights, the Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick Beach is a Cornish gem. Simon Stallard and the team know how to get things just right. 


Porthminster Beach Café

Nestled beneath the steep slopes of Porthminster Point, the café specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and the terrace has spectacular panoramic views of St Ives Bay.


The Rocket Store, Boscastle

Situated in Boscastle Harbour, the small restaurant serves fresh seafood from their boat and meat from their farm nearby. Say hi to Alex and Freddie the owners, they are incredible company. This place is so good we simply can't go back enough! 


Schooners, St Agnes

The waterside stop for Cornish dishes with the outside terrace literally over the beach, you have a front row seat onto St Agnes Beach.


The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth

The Scarlet Restaurant's clifftop terrace is a perfect spot to enjoy their seafood lunches and with views over Mawgan Porth Beach. Also boasting one of the best spa experiences in the county. 


Mickeys Beach, Exmouth (New Opening)

An exciting new seafront venue opening in Exmouth in Spring 2021 by Michael Caines. We couldn't be keener to visit for a Pentire and to see what this talented team unfold. 


Carbis Bay Hotel, St Ives

Surround by a 25 acre private beach this is a perfect place for relaxing beachside dining. You can enjoy coffee, lunch or dinner on the terrace for views of St Ives Bay and the Godrevy Lighthouse.


Wateringhole, Perranporth

The UK’s only bar actually on the beach, perfect for when you’re not quite ready to leave and want a few drinks with sandy toes. 


The Atlantic, Polzeath

Situated in New Polzeath on the edge of Pentire Point, you can sit and watch the surf all day. Its terrace is a perfect sun trap with no better place to watch the sunset. 


Pilchards & Port Gaverne Hotel

At high tide the front decking is only a few yards from the sea. With a daily changing menu and tapas it is a perfect place for alfresco dining this spring. Also just a 2 minute walk from the infamous fishing village of Port Isaac. 


Lobster Shed The Pig, Harlyn Bay

Outdoor eating at The Pig is all about their wood fired oven for fresh BBQ fresh lobster, meats and veggies - perfect for sunny days in Cornwall. Amazing food and drink by the sea doesn't get much better than this. 

Hooked On The Rocks, Falmouth

This stunning seafood restaurant & bar over looking the beautiful Swanpool beach & nature reserve. They specialise in fresh, sustainably sourced seafood. You can sit on their sun drenched terrace & enjoy these local delights.