Winter is on its way and with it, an increasingly popular pastime for Cornwall –– stormwatching. Find somewhere cosy and safe to snuggle up as the storms come in and watch the sea rage as you enjoy a warming drink and good food with your dog snuggled safely by your side. Here are a few of our favourite dog friendly storm watching venues — but don’t forget to keep your dog safe and calm during the stormy weather and watch from a safe distance yourself!
The Ship Inn, Porthleven
This 17th century pub is perched overlooking the clocktower of Porthleven, a famed stormwatching point where the westerly gales bring 50 ft waves crashing against the Cornish shoreline in dramatic fashion. Do be safe getting there and follow advice to stay away from the harbour edge of Porthleven on stormy days. Once inside you can enjoy local ales and good food as you watch the storms rage outside.
Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay
The newly renovated Lewinnick Lodge in Newquay makes a perfect cliff-top retreat to watch storms. Try the local seafood in this contemporary restaurant while you listen to the waves crash against the cliffs beneath you. If you feel like extending your stay, there are various luxury rooms available to book, some of which have panoramic views across the ocean. The nearby Fistral beach is world famous and just a short walk away for you and your dog.
Lusty Glaze, Newquay
This bar and restaurant is set just off the beautiful privately owned Lusty Glaze beach, named The Times’ beach of the year for 2017. Although the beach itself imposes a seasonal dog ban (June-September), it’s calm and secluded setting provides a stunning view for stormy weather. The sheltered nature of this beach also makes it ideal for a bracing dog walk during the winter months. Their dog friendly bar and restaurant overlooking the beach is the perfect place to warm up by the log burner and enjoy one of their famous hot chocolates with a view.
The Watering Hole, Perranporth
This venue prides itself as being the only pub in the UK to be actually on the beach, allowing you to get as close to the stormy views as possible without actually getting wet (that is if you time the walk down right!). The pub is set on dog friendly Perranporth beach where the sand stretches on for 3 miles, so there’s plenty of room to walk your dog in the warmer weather.
The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
Part of the glamorous and contemporary Watergate Bay Hotel, The Beach Hut acts as the perfect refuge if you and your dog are caught on the beach below during a downpour. The cafe has a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere, offering winter warmers of Origin Coffee and their famed Extreme Hot Chocolate. Arguably the most impressive aspect of this restaurant is the view: large windows lining the walls provide an expansive view of Watergate Bay beach, resulting in an open feeling inside the cafe. This allows the surrounding weather to be a focal point of the experience.
The Rashleigh Inn, Polkerris
Nestled between Par and Fowey, this traditional style pub is perched over Polkerris beach. The pub itself is well known for quality and has been featured in every edition of the Good Beer Guide and Good Pub Guide since 2001. For a relaxing winter’s evening, curl up next to the bay window and weather watch as the waves crash against the shore. Polkerris beach is dog friendly in the winter months so you can take your dog for a run right on the doorstep.
Poldhu Beach Cafe
Open every day except Christmas Day and Helston Flora Day, this pub at the back of Poldhu faces the watch of the westbound gales on the Lizard Peninsula. Although known in the summer for it’s beachside pizza nights, an indoor seating area is now available and is the ideal place to try on of their legendary hot chocolates that come in a delicious variety of flavours which have previously included: salted caramel, crunchie and chocolate orange. To help you plan a stormy excursion, their website provides a handy page showing the forecast and tide times.
The Old Success Inn, Sennen
Set on the very westerly tip of England, this coastal pub is in a spot known for truly dramatic storms. With stunning views over Sennen Cove in your eyeline, you can warm up with a cup of Brewer and Bean coffee, created by St Austell Brewery. They aim to use local Cornish ingredients in all of their dishes, including their spectacular Sunday lunch, which they are renowned for, alongside their fantastic hospitality. If you want to walk off your food, the inn is handily found on the South West Coast Path which allows for exhilarating walks with views of the rugged coastline.
This cosy restaurant is set right on the harbour front of Mevagissey, making it a beautiful place to spend a stormy night watching the waves crashing below while trying some of the fresh seafood caught during the day. www.thesharksfin.co.uk
Port William, Trebarwith Strand
The award-winning Port William Inn can be found overlooking the beautifully dramatic north coast cliffs and the dog friendly Trebarwith Strand beach. The pub also provides an extensive view out to sea, allowing you to watch as the storm rolls in over the Atlantic. The inside of the building is a warmed by a roaring open fire and decorated with a nautical theme. Try the fresh lobster or crab for the ultimate seaside experience or just pop in to try one of their local ales.