Cornwall boasts some of the best beaches in the entire world. So where better to sit and share a coffee, recharge with a pasty, or take the little ones for lunch, than somewhere with a sea view and access to the coast? Whether you’ve built up an appetite from playing on the beach, are looking for a coastal path pitstop, or want to warm up after an invigorating ocean sesh, there are several delightful cafes dotted along the Cornish coastline. Here are just 10 of our favourites…
Porthminster Café, St Ives
Nestled beneath the steep slopes of Porthminster Point, right on the beach with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse, Porthminster Cafe is a multi-award winning seafood restaurant with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The cafe is open daily for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a selection of homemade patisserie and fine coffees from St Ives Small Batch Coffee Roasting Company – and even has its own cook book.
Life’s a Beach, Bude
Bude’s favourite family-run beachside café & restaurant, overlooking Summerleaze Beach, has been serving up good times since 1999. To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, this year it’s relaunching as the all new L.A.B with the aim of continuing its reputation for serving some of the tastiest food and best vibes around! The grand reopening is from 5:30pm this coming Friday 29th March, so why not pop along for drinks, complimentary grazing and take a look!
Poldhu Beach Cafe, Mullion
Located at Poldhu Cove, a lovely west-facing sandy National Trust beach, this privately run café is open 363 days a year, serving breakfast, lunch, great coffee, ice cream, and their ‘Poldhutastic’ hot chocolates which come topped with cream, chocolate sauce and your choice of well-known chocolate treat!
The Watering Hole, Peranporth
Officially the UK’s only bar on the beach, The Watering Hole is an iconic Cornish bar, restaurant and Live Music venue on Perranporth Beach, with a 3 mile stretch of sand shadowed by dunes and sea as far as the eye can go, with Holywell on its right shoulder and St Agnes on its. They serve a wide range of food & drink throughout the year including burgers, light bites, coffee and cake.
Widemouth Bay Café, nr. Bude
Overlooking the beach at Widemouth Bay and offering the best views of this popular surfing location, you can sit inside or out and relax with a great Illy espresso coffee, watching the surf roll in, rain or shine. They are also open all year round.
Gylly Beach Café, Falmouth
Wonderfully positioned on Falmouth’s famous Gyllyngvase Beach, overlooked by the imposing Pendennis Castle and central to panoramic views of the Lizard Peninsula and The Helford River, Gylly Café is a unique, stylish and popular eatery. Family-run and award-winning, our café offers a warm welcome outstanding service and locally sourced food, served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Blue Beach Bar, Porthtowan
Poised between the rugged north coast cliffs and overlooking the surf of Porthtowan Beach, Blue is a refreshing experience. There’s a large terrace where you can enjoy their famous “blue burger”, impressive platters, stone baked pizzas, fresh local seafood and seasonal salads. Inside there are panoramic seated bay windows to while away the afternoon, evening or just to watch the stunning sunsets. The mood is informal, the service professional and the food is amazing.
Kynance Café, the Lizard
Set in the beautiful Kynance Cove, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kynance Café offers one of the best locations in Cronwall. On the menu you will find fresh Kynance crab sandwiches, baguettes and salads, Kynance burgers, fresh ham, bacon, Cornish brie, Cornish Pasties, cream teas and much, much more.
The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Beach Hut is one of Cornwall’s best beach hangouts. Walk off the sand, straight to your table. Rarely quiet, it’s a vibrant place where the buzz of conversation rivals the sound of the sea. The view pours in, there’s sand on the floor, and you can walk in right off the beach and ask for a table. The main space has large sea-facing windows and there are cosy corner snugs with large banquettes. On the deck, you can relax with a coffee or a drink among the hustle of beach life.
The Cabin Beach Café, Perranuthnoe
Situated in a small field just above the sea, it has lovely views of the beach and the surrounding coastline and countryside. The coast path passes it just 50 yards up the lane and some of The Cabin’s most frequent customers are local walkers. They serve a wide range of quality food and homemade dishes, including vegetarian and gluten free options. All their cakes and scones are homemade in The Cabin, and gluten free cake is always available.