Curated by Rachael Brown
It’s the season where making the most of every sunset feels like a moral imperative. With that in mind we’ve compiled some beachside bars to while away the last golden hours after a day in the water.
Beachhouse is so close to the sand that in the evenings it feels like the sunset is washing over you. Pick your way through a fresh seafood platter on their outdoor picnic benches and sip on a glass of wine as the orange sunlight goes down over Thurlestone rock. They also have a sister restaurant – Schoolhouse in Mothecombe. It isn’t on the sand but only a few minutes walk from the sea.
Another bar perfect for sunset season, The Watering Hole in Perranporth is firmly in the middle of the beach, so much so that the water laps the nearby sand at high tide. Not averse to a good time, The Watering Hole has a cocktail campervan, thatched tiki umbrellas, live music and scenic views.
A pale blue and white hut tucked at the bottom of the cliff as it meets the sand. Barricane beach is a sheltered cove in Woolacombe. This classic spot is legendary and surely the only place to get delicious, fresh Sri Lankan curry on the beach.
Blackpool Sands is a Blue Flag award-winning beach, backed by lush rolling hills, evergreens and scented pines. Right on the sand you’ll find Venus Beach cafe – a lovely spot where you can enjoy peaceful breakfasts and light lunches with some stunning sea views.
Not strictly a bar on the beach but a seaside favourite of Maverick nonetheless. Hidden Hut is an outdoor beach kitchen, serving fresh seasonal lunches, summer grills, pasties, and most importantly feasts of seafood and paella. Just turn up in pretty Porthscatho for delicious food in the sea air, or book a feast night when they become available.
On Brixham’s main beach is the Breakwater Bar & Bistro. Usually it’s the perfect spot to sip a cool local beer or wine, and tuck into some of Brixham’s finest catch of seafood, however, it’s operating as a takeaway beach bar for the rest of 2021. Still worth mentioning for snacks and drinks on the beach after a dip.
Informal and friendly spot in wild North Cornwall, The Blue Bar has sunny outdoor tables, for ordering loaded nachos, ‘blue’ burgers, pizzas and a couple beers. On windswept Cornish days it has seated windows with stunning views onto Porthtowan beach. A real favourite.
With a laid-back atmosphere and a great golden hour, Fistral Beach Bar is a chilled spot for a couple drinks or a hot chocolate on a blustery day. Situated on Newquay’s crowd-pleasing Fistral Beach, the bar serves English breakfasts, pizzas and loaded fries, great for recovering some calories after a surf.
Perhaps the beach bar that springs to mind when you think of Cornish cocktails by the sand. Porthmeor Beach café has an eye-catching menu of tapas and salads to devour with the panoramic views of the beach. Lunch in cubby holes with blankets or on their sunny glass terrace looking out over St. Ives’ beautiful surfing bay. No breakfast menu for the foreseeable.