The best surf cafes in Cornwall

No matter where you’ve jumped in the sea in Cornwall, you’ll find a laid-back joint to refuel and tell tales of the waves you caught afterwards. Here are our top five surf cafes in Cornwall. After all, you’ve earned it.

Ben Tunnicliffe at Sennen Cove

Ben Tunnicliffe at Sennen Cove

Award-wining chef Ben moved into Sennen’s prime position overlooking beautiful Sennen Cove in late 2014. Although more of a restaurant than a café, the family friendly, informal beachside eatery has all the laid-back vibes that we love, while the focus on food is on quality, local produce and seafood. Come summer there a BBQ on the decking too.

Praa Sands Cornwall
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The Sandbar at Praa Sands

While the south coast is less consistent for waves, when it does work, it’s on. At hightide at Praa Sands, just up the road from Porthleven, the waves literally break underneath The Sandbar, with windows and outdoor seating making you feel like you’re almost in the water and part of the action. The large food menu, daily specials and pool and air hockey tables should keep everyone happy too.


Blue Bar at Porthtowan

Few beat Porthtowan for punchy surfing waves and spectacular sunsets – and the Blue Bar has great views for both nestled on the edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Make sure you nab a window booth seat for the best in the house, but if the sun’s out you’ll want to be outside on the patio enjoying Blue Bar favourites; nachos and the blue burger with fries.

The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay
The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay

The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay

One of Cornwall’s original and favourite beachside hangouts overlooks the beach at Watergate Bay – perfect for checking the surf or warming up afterwards. While classics like burgers and moules frites are always winners, you’ll find fried soft shell crab, Persian lamb koftas and seafood gumbo. The Extreme Hot Chocolate was even once voted by The Sunday Times as one of the 50 things to do before you die.

Porthmeor in St Ives

Porthmeor Beach Café in St Ives

Porthmeor Beach Café is the place to come for something special after your surf. For breakfast you’ll find homemade Cornish saffron bread and buttermilk pancakes, then come lunchtime its tapas with a twist. The heated outside booths, built into the old Victorian changing booths in the sea wall, are the perfect place to watch the surf and sunset.

Widemouth Bay Cafe

Widemouth Bay Café

A long-firm favourite located in the middle-to-northern-end of the Widemouth Bay. This is your spot for loaded hot chocolates, hot pasties and a good cup of coffee. Dogs are welcome too.

Waterfront Bar and Grill, Polzeath
©Waterfront Bar and Grill

Waterfront Bar and Grill in Polzeath

With panoramic views of Polzeath Beach and Pentire Point, The Waterfront's restaurant, bar and terrace are the best places to enjoy a lazy lunch with a chilled glass of wine or dinner while the sun sets. On Sundays they do a traditional roast dinner (roast beef, Yorkshires and roasties of course). They are open all year round and have a variety of events and specials to keep you coming back.

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