When it comes to stunning spots for outdoor dining by the sea we’re spoilt for choice in Cornwall. There are so many top notch cafés, pubs, hotels and restaurants to choose from for dining al fresco with a fabulous view. Here are some of our favourites.

Watergate Bay Hotel, Watergate Bay

Perched above the impressive sweep of sand that is Watergate Bay on the north coast of Cornwall, the Watergate Bay Hotel is home to the super relaxed Living Room. Step out onto the decked terrace for glorious vistas over the beach, perfect for surf spotting and soaking up the sunshine. Coffee, cocktails, sharing platters and seasonal salads are the order of the day for non-residents as well as guests. Sandy feet and dogs are welcome, and don’t be surprised to see the odd celebrity enjoying the vibe.

(image: Watergate Bay Hotel Facebook page)

The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

When it comes to fine Cornish food with a view The Old Coastguard takes some beating. Set in the quaint fishing village of Mousehole on the south west coast, this inn-come-hotel boasts beautiful gardens running down to the sea. The captivating views look straight out to St Michael’s Mount and the Lizard. Fresh fish straight off the trawlers of Newlyn is supplemented with quality Cornish Beef and poultry, best enjoyed al fresco with the salty tang of sea air on the Sun Deck or terrace.

(image: The Old Coastguard Facebook page)

Talland Bay Hotel, Porthallow, Looe

A rising star to the east of the county, our two AA Rosette restaurant is fast becoming one of the best establishments in Cornwall. When the weather’s fine, diners spill out onto the sunny terrace for laid back lunches and indulgent afternoon teas. A stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path, the gardens are dotted with quirky sculptures, hidden pathways and inviting sun loungers. A most magical spot for imbibing head chef Nick Hawke’s superlative Cornish fare!

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Pandora Inn, Mylor Bridge

The Pandora Inn enjoys a romantic setting alongside Restronguet Creek on the waters of the River Fal estuary or “Carrick Roads”. What really sets this establishment apart is the option of eating on a pontoon on the water, gently bobbing on the incoming tide. Diners come on foot, by car or boat to while away the afternoon over platters of the freshest fish. Washed down with a chilled bottle of Knightor wine or a pint of Tribute.

(image: Pandora Inn Facebook page)

The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

Regularly voted one of the best places to eat by the sea, The Idle Rocks nestles harbourside in the stylish seaside resort of St Mawes. Views from the south facing terrace are out over the bay, busy with wind surfers, boats and ferries. Food is local and simply prepared but first rate. Come for fresh fish, quail and lamb or simply to sip cocktails and nibble on St Mawes oysters.

(image: The Idle Rocks Hotel Facebook page)

Pop ups and picnics

Seeking something less formal? As well as these venerable establishments, Cornwall is now awash with pop up beach shacks such as Sam’s at the Bay on Crinnis Beach. Or the ever popular Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach.

Why not try one of our gourmet picnics, the perfect accompaniment to any coastal ramble or day at the beach? We’ll pack up a portable version of our high tea with fizz and even some dog treats from Alfie & Molly’s for four-legged friends.

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