Whatever the time of year, whatever the weather, you’ll always get a warm Cornish welcome in our little town. We’re fortunate to have some wonderful pubs, and with less than a month to go before we open our Newquay B & B doors for the 2017 season, we thought it’d be fun to feature five of the best. If you’re staying with us this year, you can’t go far wrong with a visit to one of these… or all five!
The Fort Inn at 63 Fore Street
Set on the edge of town, famously casual and friendly, this big, handsome and airy gastro pub welcomes families and features both indoor and outdoor play areas for the little ones, from toddlers upwards. There’s an attractive beer garden and the views over the bay are absolutely gorgeous. They serve everything from simple, tasty snacks to a collection of exceptional local fresh fish dishes.
Massive windows, a pool table, plenty of space and a cool outdoor terrace await you, a place where you can easily while away an afternoon just watching the tides change, the weather come and go, the people enjoying the sandy beach, and – last but never least – spectacular Cornish sunsets.
The Lanherne Pub and Restaurant on Ulalia Road
If you’re looking for an epic Sunday roast to warm the cockles of your heart, you can’t go far wrong with the Lanherne Pub. It’s cosy yet spacious, quiet and comfortable, and an excellent lunch venue after a visit to nearby Newquay Zoo or the boating lake close by. Best of all, and always the sign of a great hostelry, it’s a favourite with locals.
The word on the streets is the food there is exceptional. It’s less touristy than some of our pubs, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating for those lovely, balmy Newquay spring and summer nights. They offer a good range of beers and hold excellent pub quizzes as well as offering pool and darts.
The Tavern Inn on Mellanvrane Lane
You like your pubs cosy? Tick. You love the chance to sit outdoors when the weather’s nice? Tick. You enjoy good English cuisine and real ales, and you love live music and pub quizzes? Tick. Weekend gigs are all part of the fun at the Tavern Inn, a welcoming place rich in history and dating right back to the 1500s.
If you’re looking for a good, old fashioned English pub, this fits the bill perfectly, serving great food. Locals rate the service highly thanks to the new owners, who have brought the place back to sizzling life. And there’s a fantastic choice of really good beers.
The Red Lion on North Quay Hill
If views of the scenic harbour float your boat, head for the Red Lion with its splendid harbour views, great traditional cuisine, cosy atmosphere and lively feel. There’s regular live music and entertainment on tap during the holiday season as well as off season, and a pool table to challenge your skills. The locals enjoy this pub as much as visitors, and the prices are really good. Their specialities? Excellent steaks and awesome fish dishes.
As far as the well-stocked bar goes, you can choose from traditional ales, local ciders, and a great range of infused gins. Add a real log fire, quiz nights, open mic events and gaming machines and a real sun trap of a beer garden and it’s pretty hard to resist.
he Bowgie Inn on the West Pentire headland
The Bowgie is a local pub with a difference, a regular on the Newquay live music scene with its own lovely cliff top garden overlooking the bay and scenic Crantock beach. Look up from the beach and it’s the pink pub you’ll see high up on the headland. They serve good, hearty, classic English food and offer a good choice of real ales plus live televised sports on massive 70 inch screens and Sky TV. If you don’t like sport, not to worry – there’s also loads of space away from the screens.
Jam nights, retro music nights, the pub’s famous Ale Festival in August, Friday Night Revisited in September, the James Bond theme night in December and more mark this as a really great pub, a place where there’s always something cool happening. They also serve coffee and cake!