Dan Aston
Dan Aston



Five of the cosiest Cornish brewery breaks

The allure of Cornwall’s glistening coastline never ceases to capture the hearts of holidaymakers, but to fully enjoy the region’s picture-postcard views, there’s nothing better (or more British) than doing so with a pint of proper Cornish ale in hand. To test the theory, local writer Dan Aston checks out the region’s best inns offering brews and beds with a side of Cornish charm  

03 The Old Success

The Old Success Inn, Sennen Cove

The Old Success Inn is the ideal base camp for exploring Cornwall’s wild west. This 17th-century pub sits right opposite one of Cornwall’s finest beaches, Sennen Cove, and one that’s renowned for its surf. It’s also the final stop before Land’s End and is arguably the best place in the land for catching a thrilling edge-of-the-world sunset. And what better way to enjoy bursting orange hues across the Atlantic than by sinking a glass of scrumptious tipple on the inn’s alfresco terrace? Come nightfall, retreat to one of the 14 simple, chic bedrooms.
Pint of choice: Try Trelawney for size; a light craft ale that champions the heritage and traditions of its homeland.

01 The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn, Mousehole

The Ship Inn sits snuggly at the heart of everything that makes Mousehole – a tiny fishing village in West Cornwall – so iconic. A patchwork of picture galleries, craft shops, tearooms and more, Mousehole also boasts a quaint harbour, dotted with colourful fishing boats and paddling tots. At The Ship Inn, you can enjoy unrivalled views from the water’s edge, as well as heart-warming soul food curated from the finest local produce. While the pub charms with oak beams and cosy open fires, a recent restoration project has seen the introduction of three new deluxe rooms that retain the inn’s nautical character and provide a whimsical look out to sea.
Pint of choice:
Wash down legendary Stargazy Pie with St Austell’s flagship Tribute Pale Ale. It doesn’t get more Cornish than that.

02 The Boat Inn

The Lifeboat Inn, St Ives

Artists the world over have fallen head over heels for this bustling seaside town (home to the Tate St Ives gallery) and The Lifeboat Inn is the perfect bolthole from which to immerse yourself in all its bohemian glory. Quaint cobbled streets wind their way through a treasure trove of culture hubs and buzzy bars, culminating at a plethora of soft-sand beaches. The Lifeboat Inn, just a five-minute stroll from the Tate, overlooks the town’s much-loved harbour, which means you’ll get to muse on the views from the comfort of your bed. A mix of period charm and contemporary style, check out one of the inn’s five new boutique bedrooms, as well as two new apartments spread across two glorious floors (both sleep four). 
Pint of choice: Recline with a crisp pint of powerfully hopped Proper Job IPA as you take in a panorama of marine activity.

04 The Port William

The Port William, Trebarwith Strand

Did you know this gorgeous coastal inn lies just around the corner from the mythical home of King Arthur? Situated in surfer’s paradise, Trebarwith Strand, The Port William offers a front row seat to the dramatic north coast and is a haven for alfresco dining and scenic walks. After you’ve taken a stroll along the stretch of golden sand outside, it’s time to check out your accommodation – and with eight beautifully furnished double and twin rooms to choose from (all boasting views across the sandy surf), you won’t be disappointed.
Pint of choice: Head to the inn’s family friendly restaurant to experience the warmth of Mena Dhu, a flavoursome six-malt stout. It’s an impeccable companion to cosy nights by the bar’s wood-burning fire.

05 The Pier House

The Pier House, Charlestown

With its prime spot on Charlestown’s Georgian harbour, The Pier House is a dream retreat for style-savvy staycationers and Poldark fans alike. If you follow the adventures of the hit TV series, chances are you’ll recognise this bustling port from the big screen. The sea-facing restaurant and bar soak up the cinematic climes, while its menu balances contemporary flavours with hearty pub classics. Almost as comforting as the food, the inn’s 27 bedrooms continue the nautical, cosy theme.
Pint of choice: The crisp and refreshing notes of Korev, a Cornish lager with soul, are a suitable match for this rustic delight.

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