Cornwall beaches where the surf is as good as the beer

I s there a better feeling than the thrill of riding the perfect wave? Well, perhaps there is in the refreshing taste of a perfect pint overlooking the beach afterwards.

The following locations offer the opportunity to enjoy both experiences in some of the country’s most spectacular places.

From the surfing capital of Newquay to the iconic sands of St Ives, these pubs and bars near the beach in Cornwall combine enviable waves with beers that will have you amped for every sip. You’ll also find surf schools and hire facilities at each spot.

 

FISTRAL BEACH, NEWQUAY

Newquay is widely considered the surfing capital of the UK and draws elite athletes from across the world to its golden shores every year. Fistral Beach is the jewel in its coastal crown, with the annual Boardmasters surf and music festival hosting some of the worlds best surfers every summer.

Once you’ve carved your way through the best of the Atlantic Ocean’s tidal treats, venture to The Central for a beer in the pub’s sunny outdoor space. It’s just the spot for soaking up the town’s vibrant surf scene.

 

SENNE COVE, SENNEN

The wide sweep of white-gold sand at Sennen Cove Beach is the most-exposed stretch in Cornwall. Surfing conditions here are renowned for their reliable quality throughout the seasons. As for the setting, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop; the bay is a picture-postcard delight that serves up stunning sunsets. 

The Old Success Inn sits right above the beach. Find yourself a seat in the extensive beer garden and admire the view while savouring a hard-earned tipple or two.

POLZEATH BEACH, POLZEATH

Polzeath is a North Cornwall gem. The beach here breaks on all tides, providing ample opportunity for catching a memorable wave. This surfing haven is found in one of the county’s most picturesque areas, with the dreamy Camel Trail and the shores of Padstow on its doorstep. 

The Oystercatcher enjoys a scenic outlook over the beach and out to sea. Dine al fresco, mere moments from the sand, and see if you can pick up a few tips from those still out on the water.

 

TREBARWITH STRAND, TINTAGEL

This surfing hub lies just to the west of Tintagel and, despite its fantastic conditions, is a lesser-known destination compared to the likes of Fistral and Polzeath. The beach disappears at high tide, so you’ll need to plan ahead to ensure you don’t miss out.

The view at the Port William never fails to impress, and its outdoor seating area takes full advantage of the surroundings. It’s an ideal pit stop for a rejuvenating beer after an action-packed day on the waves.

PORTHMEOR BEACH, ST IVES

St Ives has a beautiful and varied collection of beaches, with a stretch of sand for every occasion. The town’s most northern beach, Porthmeor, is blessed with some of Cornwall’s finest waves. It’s also surrounded by landmarks, including Tate St Ives and The Island Chapel. 

The Lifeboat Inn lies just around the corner and, due to the abundance of beaches in the town, overlooks one of its own. Relax in this charming, characterful pub with a pint of real ale and a bite to eat. 

THE COAST IS OUR COMPASS

Born in Cornwall, the enchanting land of stunning coastlines, industrial heritage and life by the sea has helped shape korev. Brewed with a much as Cornish-grown barley we can get our hands on, korev (4.8% abv)is a Helles style lager with a wonderful pale colour and a clean, crisp taste.