Sometimes when the wind is up and seas are rough there’s nothing better than a bracing walk along the coast paths or bridleways across Cornwall. With some stunning scenery, Autumn brings a different dynamic with wild seas and colourful trees.
After you’ve been out exploring then the perfect next activity is to find a cosy cafe and warm the cockles. Cornwall has some wonderful independent cafes, coffee houses, pubs and spots waiting to welcome you.
Find some hidden gems with coastal views, fishing lakes or tucked away in our unique countryside. These coastal Cornish cafes offer coffee, cakes and lunches and are in some of the best West Cornwall locations.
Lakeside Cabin Cafe, between Lelant and St Ives
If you take the coach road from Lelant heading towards Trencrom you will find Nance Fishing lakes and the Lakeside Cabin Cafe tucked away in this peaceful rural setting. With a roaring log burner during the cooler seasons and a home cooked menu waiting to refuel you. We’ve tried everything from Chilli Con Carne, to Ploughmans and Cream Tea, their home-baked cakes are also a treat. They are dog-friendly too so pop in next time you’re exploring St Ives, Carbis Bay or Hayle.
Check their facebook page to keep up to date with winter opening hours.
Sunset Surf, Gwithian
After a walk along the beach, or a surf of the winter waves down at Gwithian head to Sunset Surf for a warming brunch or hot chocolate. Their lunch menu is also delicious so head along and discover a new favourite spot.
There’s a large car park right in front of them, ideal for beach walks along the 3 miles of golden sands. The sand dunes are extensive along this stretch of the beach, so explore to your hearts content knowing that you can refuel at Sunset Surf.
The Cabin, Perranuthnoe
Found right above the beach at Perranthnoe this spot is very popular with beachgoers and coastal walkers. Perranthunoe is a great place to set off for Prussia Cove or Marazion, with a car park and cafe easily accessible at the bottom of the village.
The Cabin is a cosy cafe welcoming all walkers and explorers to this South coast gem. We’ve tried their delicious selection of cakes, which are ideal after a stroll along the coast. If the weather is warm enough there are lots of tables outside, but head inside for some warmth on those cooler Cornish days.
Little Bo, Sennen
Open throughout the Winter, Little Bo can be found right down on the seaside at Sennen. With awesome views and welcoming treats, head along if you’re in Sennen and want to discover a new coastal cafe. Sennen is home to dolphins in the summer months, and huge swells in the winter, so you can spend many an hour here gazing at the amazing far west waters, a canvas that changes each day.
Mouseholes rockpool is an iconic landmark that you can see as you walk around the rocks to the North side of the harbour. Perched above the rugged rocks you will find the conveniently named Rockpool cafe boasting amazing views across Mounts Bay, with Newlyn, Penzance, St Micheals Mount and The Lizard visible on a clear day.
You will always find lots of people sat outside here enjoying the view, but head inside during the autumn weather for a warming hot chocolate and tasty treat.
The Tinners Arms, Zennor
Zennor boasts awesome coastal walks with dramatic scenery. Found along the North Coast of Cornwall between St Ives and Pendeen the village is only small, but has a wonderful pub you can stop in for refreshments. With a roaring large fire in the Winter it’s the perfect spot to stop off and grab some lunch and shelter from the elements. This pub is full of character and charm, and is over 700 years old! If you want to experience a local pub with lots of history then be sure to visit next time you’re in West Cornwall.
Apple Tree Cafe, Sennen
Found in the small hamlet of Trevescan, which is between Sennen and Land’s End. This cute cafe opens its doors throughout the year welcoming walkers, cyclists and visitors to the far west of Cornwall. With a warming log fire, and breakfast, lunch and cakes on offer it’s well worth a visit. The menu features cooked breakfasts, pasties, salads, fish and chips and cream teas, so you’ll find something delicious to refuel yourself. Take a walk out to Nanjizal from here if you want to discover one of Cornwall’s hidden gems.
Read their full menu via the Apple Tree website.
Cafe Dog and Rabbit, St Just
Open throughout our seasons this family and dog-friendly cafe can be found just tucked away off the main square in St Just. With breakfast, lunch and cakes made from delicious seasonal local produce the menu changes periodically. Again they have a cosy fire for the winter, so grab a hot drink, a slice of cake and enjoy the atmosphere.
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