Stan Morris

10 Winter Pubs In Cornwall You Can’t Miss

Whether you’re looking for a cosy evening in front of a log fire, a delicious meal or just to quench your thirst, here is a great selection of traditional pubs to visit in your area…

After hiking along Cornwall’s magnificent coastal paths or marching across its moors, there’s nothing nicer than relaxing in the warmth of a true Cornish pub.

Cornwall’s array of traditional pubs offer a friendly welcoming and a cosy atmosphere, with a wide selection of cask ales that must be tried. From award winning Sunday roasts to folk music that’ll get you on your feet, this is our selection of best winter pubs for you. We will see you ‘dreckly’!

star_inn_stjust1) Star Inn, St. Just


St. Just’s Star Inn is one pub you cannot afford to miss! Notorious for it’s character and atmosphere each night, the Star Inn is the home of traditional Cornish pubs. You will find yourself in awe of the local history decorating the walls and ceiling, whilst sat in front of a roaring open log fire. Whilst swaying side-to-side, clanking together your tanker ales, you can spend your cosy evening listening to live performances of classic folk music. It’s a true star!



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2) The Crows Nest Inn, Liskeard


The Crows Nest Inn is located east of the beautiful Bodmin moor, tucked in the small hamlet of Crows Nest. Hikers and walkers in this region are never disappointed with the decorated landscape of Cornwall’s history. The moors are scattered with derelict engine houses and ancient relics with Inn just round the corner, the perfect place to come back to sling your jacket off in front of the snug fire. Whilst enjoying a well-deserved pint gazing at the quirky wall art in a truly cosy environment.


kings arms3) Kings Arms, St. Just


Here we have another gem of a pub in the heart of St. Just’s square the King’s Arms. The 14th century inn is a popular venue for many visitors with its friendly landlords and raging fire to warm your hands up in the evening. The dog-friendly pub has an inspiring food menu with all their ingredients have been farmed and caught locally. A great destination for a festive feast!



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4) Cadgwith Cove Inn, The Lizard


Situated in one the most breath-taking areas across the county, The Lizard is home to one excellent establishment. Displaying true tradition from back-to-front, Cadgwith Cove Inn welcomes all visitors to try their scrumptious locally caught menu and sample the Kernow’s most prestigious ales. Fire lit all winter and regularly treated with brilliant performances in folk music and fisherman’s songs to get you in a relaxed festive spirit.


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5) The Old Success Inn, Sennen

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This beautiful 17th century fisherman’s inn has recently been revamped bringing together new and old for a comfy homely feel. The pub’s character still remains in great tact with stunning accommodation overlooking the magnificent Sennen cove and golden beach. After a blustery festive dog walk across the sands, the Old Success’s Christmas menu is the perfect remedy for the cold winter evenings and afternoons.



ship inn mawgan6) The Ship Inn, Mawgan


The Ship Inn is another lucky establishment to be located in the heart of the beautiful Lizard peninsula. After opening in 2011 owners Greg and Alli Lanskey have created their cosy Inn with a home for home feel with unquestionable character. Each winter, the Ship’s festive food parties are highly recommended and in high attendance from neighbouring towns and villages. The astonishing Christmas menu is completely jaw dropping and mouth watering, out top recommendation for the dream Christmas slice and stuffing.


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7) Tinners Arms, Zennor


Far from where any phone signal can reach, Zennor’s Tinners Arms takes pride as one of Cornwall’s most tradition pubs. With very little change to the venue over the years, Tinners Arms looks as if it could have been in Poldark – and the popular BBC series was actually filmed locally.

Traditional low ceilings and stone floor add to the pubs atmosphere, with its open log fire fuelling it through the winter. It’s a perfect, snug venue where you can enjoy a selection of Cornish cheeses – the pub’s speciality – during the festive season.


blissland inn8) The Blisland Inn, Bodmin


Here in our ranks stand another pub situated near to Bodmin moor, The Blisland Inn, which is the most decorated and awarded venue in our selection. The Blisland was awarded CAMRA’s national Pub of the Year in 2001 with regulars venturing from a 30-mile radius to get their hands on a pure pint of nectar! If it’s simply a pub that stands out for its ales, then you’ve found your Christmas destination. Showcasing at least six real ales at all times, Landlord Gary Marshall prides his Inn as being a great drinking pub!


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9) The ship Inn, Mousehole


Mousehole is annually home to Penwith’s great Christmas light show with the harbour covered with an array of festive delights. As you walk through the narrow streets on a chilly evening towards the Ship, the sound of carols being sung and people laughing will keep you locked in the Christmas mood. Once arriving, the pub’s simplistic and traditional layout gives a welcoming feel as you squeeze past the local fisherman singing together in the corner. This winter they are offering a turkey carved Christmas roast and a pint for only £10.95, that’s a day light robbery when I’ve seen one!


blue peter inn10) The Blue Peter Inn, Polperro


Our finale recommendation is The Blue Peter Inn in the small harbouring village of Polperro. The Blue Peter has always been rich in character with a bubbly atmosphere that’ll settle you in the festive mood. The menu is home to numerous locally caught fish dishes with other ingredients coming from local areas. Its location is one of the most desirable and appealing that we have selected, being such a beautiful small village, we can be assured of a great Christmas bliss.