Hot Chocolate Spots in Cornwall

February 17, 2016 by becca.lazar No Comments


It’s hot chocolate season. It’s a thing. Admittedly one we’ve probably just made up, but it’s a thing none the less. Actually, it’s far more likely that we’ve just read it somewhere, while thinking about (I wouldn’t call reading about hot chocolate research) what to put in this post.

Cornish Holiday Cottages believe that hot chocolate season perfectly defines those wintery days out with the dog, children or significant other (yes, in that order of preference) and that lust for warmth that is finally sated only by wrapping your fingers around a mug of hot, brown liquid. It doesn’t necessarily have to be hot chocolate. One of the establishments on the list specialises in coffee. And we mean specialises.

Either way, we love spending time on the coastal paths at this time of year, listening to the waves tear at the coast below and watching the dogs chasing each other up and down the beach. We’re even a little bit fond of the tip of your nose getting a cold and the mist formed by our breathing.

We’ll hold our hands up now: this list is in no way definitive. We would love to be able to devote our life to creating a success criteria and travelling round the county sampling hot chocolates. But alas… So here we have just a few of our favourite spots to enjoy a hot chocolate with lashes of cream and marshmallows. In some cases, they even go that extra mile and add some special extras. So picture yourself all rosey cheeked from a brisk Cornish day out, a steaming white mug in your hand, bringing the feeling back into your chilly fingers.

Poldhu Beach Cafe
I grew up exploring the Lizard coastline and my memories of Poldhu Beach Cafe were of a tiny shack selling chips in trays, Cornettos and distinctly average hot drinks. I don’t know when, but sometime between then and now, it has transformed into a fantastic beach-side establishment. Their hot chocolates come served with a generous helping of cream and crunchy, chocolatey bits. There are loads of different topping variations to choose from. (that’s them in the picture)

Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe
With its glass framed terrace, Gylly Beach Cafe is a great place to wrap up warm and people watch from. Not only is the hot chocolate amazing, but they have a plethora of teas and cakes too. Hot chocolate season is the best time to visit too, because it gets extremely busy in the summer months and you can be waiting for ages for your drinks.

Godrevy Beach Cafe
Over on the north coast, this wooden lodge sits in a National Trust car park. Godrevy and Gwithian Beach stretch for miles into the distance and it’s great for dune walking and rock pooling. The cafe has a good line in creamy, hot drinks and a raised balcony allowing you to peer over the dunes and onto the beach. The cafe is as green as they come too. All waste is recycled, including their biodegradable take away packaging.

The Blue Bar, Porthtowan
This is the ultimate surfer hangout. The coastal path above the cafe is also one of the best places to see the sun set. It’s the picturesque north coast at its best. One word of warning though – Porthtowan sand gets everywhere.

The Wateringhole, Perranporth
I think I’m right in saying The Wateringhole is the only Cornish bar that’s built right on the beach. And what a beach: it’s wide and expansive with giant islands of rock perched on the shore line, surrounded by water at high tide. The hot chocolates themselves come served in tall mugs with a mountain of cream, marshmallows and a biscuit straw so you can slurp down your tasty beverage without disturbing its peaks.

Swanpool Beach Cafe
I wasn’t going to mention Swanpool Beach Cafe, but I’ve just been reminded of the perfect reason to add it to the list. They’re luxury hot chocolates come with what I can only describe as a chocolate lollipop. Either that or a swizzle stick. For that extra chocolate hit dip it in, let it melt and… you get the idea.

Now, were cheating here. Espressini isn’t on the beach. It’s on a hill in Falmouth. But it deserves to be on any list of hot beverages for their passion and dedication to coffee. Espressini founder Rupert and his staff can wax lyrical about different coffee blends for hours. It’s beautiful. On wet weather days when your looking for something to do, soaking up the atmosphere in Espressini is a fantastic option.

« Back to blog