13th June 2023
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.
This 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.
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.
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 apres-surf mac and cheese, loaded nachos and warming chana masala.
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.
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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