The best beach bars and cafés with incredible views in Cornwall

Cornwall is world famous for its stunning beaches, so it makes sense that it boasts some of the very best beach bars, restaurants, bistros and cafes too.

Indeed, with a crowd-pleasing mix of funky independent establishments and contemporary eateries, nowhere else quite does laidback seaside socialising like Cornwall.

When the sun is out, you just can’t beat lazing by a bar on one of Cornwall’s many award-winning beaches.

Enjoy a pint, G&T, cocktail or snack with the sand between your toes, then head to the balcony or terrace for fresh locally-sourced food and to admire the sunset. Doesn’t that sound like bliss?

So here’s our guide to some of the very best beach bars, restaurants, bistros and cafés in Cornwall.

Tatams Taverna, Portscatho

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Right at the bottom of Portscatho on the seafront is this laidback wood-fired grill and takeaway that serves dishes to take home or eat in. Seating is on two long communal tables and open to all.

Visitors love: The excellent coffee, sublime food and amazing view.

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The Rockpool, Gwithian

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Standing in the idyllic location of the dunes between Gwithian and Godrevy, this family-friendly cafe bar offers good food, great music, and a sandy back garden.

Visitors love: The superb fusion-style food, friendly staff and great scenery.

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Lusty Glaze Beach Bar and Restaurant, Newquay

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Sat in a secluded cove, just a short walk from the centre of Newquay and down the famous 133 steps, this beachside bar and restaurant serves fresh seafood and locally-sourced Cornish produce.

Visitors love: The great service, incredible food and amazing atmosphere.

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Beach Cafe Bar, St Ives

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Situated centrally on the stunning seafront in St Ives, this relaxed rustic-chic cafe and bar serves coffee, wine, artisan beers and delicious food.

Visitors love: The friendly staff, value for money and beautiful views.

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The Slope, Newquay

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Overlooking Great Western Beach in Newquay, this eatery offers burgers, loaded fries, locally-roasted coffee and beers from Sharp’s Brewery.

Visitors love: The fantastic view, amazing burgers and great location.

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Blue Bar, Porthtowan

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This family-friendly shabby-chic gem in Porthtowan offers a tranquil, chilled-out atmosphere and beautiful sea views directly in front of the bar.

Visitors love: The relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff and beautiful view.

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Hubbox, Pentewan Sands

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Best described as a laidback beach shack with the Hubbox signature interior design, this eatery offers stunning views out to sea as well as award-winning food.

Visitors love: The amazing burgers, friendly service and great selection of beers.

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Schooners, St Agnes

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Sat on the beach front at Trevaunance Cove, this restaurant offers a changing locally-sourced seafood menu, as well as craft ales and lagers, cocktails and wine.

Visitors love: The stunning food, amazing views and beautiful location.

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The Mermaid Inn, Newquay

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This traditional family-run inn is right on the beautiful Porth Beach and offers a wide range of burgers, pasta, seafood, pies and steaks, as well as live music, quiz nights and karaoke.

Visitors love: The perfect location, charming atmosphere and great views.

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Fistral Beach Bar, Newquay

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Situated on the shoreline of one of the world’s most iconic surf beaches, this bar boasts an extensive decked area and offers fresh food as well as resident DJs and a monthly silent disco.

Visitors love: The outstanding view, friendly staff and great atmosphere.

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The Watering Hole, Perranporth

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Described as the only bar on the beach in the UK, this venue is surrounded by a three-mile stretch of sand and offers good food, live music and a wide selection of drinks.

Visitors love: The amazing location, good food and relaxed atmosphere.

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Sandbar, Praa Sands

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Overlooking the beach at Praa Sands, this family-friendly bar offers English food with a Mediterranean twist as well as panoramic views of the ocean, live music and quiz nights.

Visitors love: The wonderful food, excellent service and amazing view.

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Black Rock Bistro, Looe

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This hidden gem in Millendreath boasts stunning views across the bay towards Looe Island and serves a range of fresh food, including a locally-sourced Catch Of The Day and tapas dishes.

Visitors love: The fabulous fresh food, wonderful views and friendly staff.

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Porthmeor Beach Cafe, St Ives

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Situated just below the Tate gallery, this beachside cafe offers alfresco breakfast, lunch, tapas, dinner, cakes and drinks, as well as an amazing view.

Visitors love: The amazing location, restaurant-quality food and stunning views.

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Colonial Beach Bar & Restaurant, Newquay

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This relaxed Caribbean-style eatery offers views of Tolcarne Beach as well as a mix of spice trail favourites with a contemporary twist and signature rum cocktails.

Visitors love: The delicious food, amazing location and fabulous views.

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The Break at Beach House, Widemouth Bay

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With plenty of outdoor and indoor seating overlooking the bay, this trendy beach bar offers seafood, skewers, chargrilled steaks, beer, wine and cocktails, as well as live music and parties.

Visitors love: The friendly atmosphere, lovely food and sublime views.

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Sam’s On The Beach, St Austell

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Based in a converted RNLI station at Polkerris, this venue offers the chance to laze on the terrace, enjoying locally-sourced and caught seafood as well as wood-fired artisan pizzas.

Visitors love: The gorgeous food, friendly staff and beautiful location.

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The Beach, Bude

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With a wonderful position overlooking Summerleaze beach in Bude, this boutique hotel terrace bar offers superb food and a stunning cocktail menu.

Visitors love: The amazing views, great service and fantastic food.

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Surfside Cafe & Bar, Polzeath

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Built as a house in 1938 and situated on the popular surfing beach of Polzeath, this intimate cafe and bar serves fresh locally-sourced seafood, meat, vegetables, coffee, and beer.

Visitors love: The delicious food, amazing service and friendly atmosphere.

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The Beach Hut, Newquay

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This vibrant beachside hangout at Watergate Bay offers an eclectic menu, serving traditional seaside food with a Mexican, Asian or Italian twist, as well as locally-sourced seafood.

Visitors love: The great atmosphere, good service and fantastic views.

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