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11 of the Best Cornish Country Pubs- with fires!

November 6, 2019 No Comments

As the nights draw in and the mercury creeps lower and lower, we’ve enjoyed being reacquainted with one of the loveliest experiences that winter brings, and apparently so have you!

Last week we asked our Instagram followers for recommendations of the best Cornish pubs with a warm fireside, and they sent us their top tips for places to warm up, perhaps after a long walk or a winter dip in the sea.

So without further ado, here are the best pubs in Cornwall with a cosy fireside, as chosen by you!

1. The Gurnards Head, Zennor (or thereabouts)

It’s just outside Zennor, but really the Gurnards head could be in the middle of nowhere. With dramatic cliffs to walk along before settling down, and accessed via one of the most beautiful roads in the UK, you’ll have much to discuss beside the fire.

2. The Pennycomequick, Falmouth

A firm Falmouth favourite with a wonderful fire and a perpetually jolly atmosphere. We love a little snooze in the fireside armchairs after one of their fantastic Sunday lunches, and the fact that our dogs can curl up beside the fire makes it feel even more like home…

3. The Star and Garter, Falmouth

Between us, the team at Cornish Holiday Cottages have spent a few evenings (and afternoons!) cocktail in hand beside this very same woodburner. After a walk along the harbour or a windy boat trip a visit to the Star and Garter in Falmouth is just the tonic…

4. The Ferryboat, Helford Passage

A walk along the Helford River just wouldn’t be complete without stopping into the lovely Ferryboat Inn. A beautifully decorated space with a super fire to warm any cold hands beside.

5. The Trelowarren Arms

Recommended by one of our local neighbors, and affectionately known as the ‘Trelly’, this is a real country pub if ever there was one!

6. The Punchbowl and Ladle, Penelewey

A gorgeous thatched country pub perfect for winding down after a walk around Trelissick, the National Trust property alongside the river Fal. This recently renovated watering hole is perfect for warming up during winter.

7. Harbour Inn, Porthleven

Renowned for bracing winds and crashing waves during the winter, there can be few places where a warm fireside is more necessary than Porthleven!

8. The Victory Inn, St Mawes

Tucked up along one of many opways and alleys in St Mawes, this secret gem might only be familiar to the curious among us. As the oldest pub in St Mawes, and with a cosy fireside to boot, this is a great place to pop into after a ferry ride over from Falmouth.

9. The Red Lion, Mawnan Smith

Luckily for us this 15th Century pub is a very short walk from our offices – we can see it’s thatched roof and chimney from our desks!

10. The Royal Standard, Flushing

A perfect place to stop off and warm up after a walk along the banks of the River Fal, with great food too!

11. The Pandora Inn, Restronguet

Popular throughout the summer for an incredible pontoon for dining at sunset, the Pandora Inn cannot be overlooked during the winter months. With flagstone floors and low beams, this traditional thatched Cornish pub is a cosy delight.

If there is somewhere extra special that we’ve missed, of you would like to join the conversation and let us know what you think, we’ve love to hear from you! Let us know on instagram – @cornishholidays

Mother’s Day

March 9, 2015 No Comments



With mother’s day just round the corner, there’s no better place to celebrate it than down here in Cornwall. Whether it be day trips or lunch time treats, there’s a plethora of ways you can thank your mother for all that hard work she put into raising you.

We’re beginning to get glimpses of spring here at Cornwall Holiday Cottages and that’s the best thing about Mother’s Day; it feels like the first of the season’s many celebrations. Because of this we usually get the whole family together and take the coastal path down to the Ferryboat Inn for Sunday lunch. It’s tradition.

But in case you are looking for another way of pampering your mum – or looking to be pampered – here are some handy suggestions.


Newquay Zoo flower show

Offering half price entry to all Mums and free entry to any children that bring their own posies, Newquay Zoo’s flower show attracts some very inventive flower displays in its competition.

With over 130 species of animals Newquay Zoo is always a great family day out and the abundance of beautiful bouquets complement the lions and llamas, red pandas and penguins well.

Also, the Lemur Cafe is on hand with homemade lunches and hot drinks, Newquay Zoo has everything you need to keep both you and your little monkeys occupied.


Glendurgan Gardens Posy Making

With its ornamental garden maze and manor house Glendurgan Gardens is perfect for Mother’s Day. The expansive grounds welcome dogs and open out onto the Helford footpath – a short walk from the Ferryboat Inn.

Plus the kids will get the chance to treat mum to a beautiful handmade posy, put together using lovely colourful spring flowers picked from the Glendurgan estate.


Visit a National Magnolia Collection

To continue the flower theme

The Woodland Gardens at Caerhays, near St Austell, are a real springtime wonder. Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons grow in abundance and are nothing short of spectacular. Gardens entry is priced from £8.00 and as a special Mothering Sunday treat all mums will receive a free Camellia with garden entry. Visitors can also book a special Mother’s Day High Tea within the beautiful grounds of Caerhays castle in the Magnolia Tea Rooms. Offering a selection of exquisite finger sandwiches, an array of little homemade cakes, and butter scones with Boddington’s strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, all served with a pot of Twinning’s tea or a coffee, High Tea is priced at £25 for two and booking is essential. For further information and to book Tickets, Tours or High Tea, please visit: www.caerhays.co.uk or call 01872 501310.


Sunday Lunch at the Pandora Inn.

Situated on the shores of Restronguet Creek, The Pandora Inn’s food seems to have jumped up a notch since reopening after 2011’s fire and they are offering a The children will enjoy crab fishing on the pontoon while you sip afternoon drinks. Park on the quay at Mylor Bridge and walk the coastal path for a full day out. Booking is essential.