The best firesides in Cornwall
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The best firesides in Cornwall

Now the nights are drawing in and the weather’s getting colder, it’s time to cosy up by an open fire and enjoy the romance of Cornwall in Winter.

Tinners Arms, Zennor

The Tinners Arms is the only pub in Zennor and was built in 1271 to accommodate the masons who were building St Senara’s Church, famous for its mermaid. The pub has changed little since the 13th century and every nook and cranny exudes all the ye olde character and charm you’d expect from a medieval pub.

The Tinners is a refuge from the modern pace of life; no digital distractions here – no TV, no juke box, no fruit machine nor mobile phone signal. Instead, this is a place to disconnect from the modern world and reconnect with each other in front of a roaring fire with a quiet pint of real ale and some Cornish cheese or a locally reared steak.

The open fire, stone floors and low ceilings make the bar snug, even when there’s a storm bellowing in from the Atlantic. Finish off a bracing wintry walk of the south west coast path at The Tinners, and you can expect a roaring fire, great grub and a good variety of beers.

The Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay

The Lewinnick Lodge Restaurant is a big mistake you’ll want to make. It was accidentally built on the slightly less favourable side of the headland while the owner had his back turned overseas but you won’t be disappointed by the views, we promise.

Since then, the lodge has been used as a fisherman’s store and even a smugglers den. Now beautifully renovated, The Lewinnick has a good reputation with locals and up-country visitors alike and serves fabulously cosmopolitan food.

Striking and seductive, the Lewinnick Lodge is perched on the cliff-top of Pentire headland with panoramic sea views and an atmosphere that’s understated and contemporary.

With just the invigorating sea air and captivating Atlantic surrounding the buildings, it’s a great place to end a winter walk. You can settle down on one of the squashy sofas that frame the hearth in the bar and warm up by the roaring fire.

The Gurnard’s Head, Morvah

The Gurnard’s Head – a dining pub between Zennor, Penzance and Newlyn – offers a fireside experience not to be missed.

A visit to this old inn and an evening in front of the hearth is sure to restore you to that slower pace of life that few us enjoy these days and for which so many of us yearn.

The White Hart, Ludgvan

This fabulous fireside snug pub comes recommended to us by our Facebook friend George Care.

The White Hart dates back to the 1300, is one of the oldest pubs in the area and has the wealth of charm and character you’d expect from a medieval inn.

The Rashleigh, Polkerris

Winter was invented so you could cosy up to the log fire in the bar of the Rashleigh Inn, or sit in the bay window watching the waves crash against the beach below.

This is a lovely pub in a lovely spot, and comes recommended by our Bedruthan Facebook friend Claire Hill from Tywardreath. It’s well worth a visit.

The Coldstreamer, Gulval

Warm and cosy in Winter, this traditional pub has plenty of character. It’s decorated in the colours of the Coldstream Guards and the walls are papered with photographs of the local area from the 1950s.

The wood burner is kept well banked during Winter to warm you after a brisk walk, and their collection of pub games – including shove-ha penny, bagatelle, backgammon, chess, dominoes and scrabble – make this Cornish fireside well worth a visit.

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Mawgan Porth

The roaring open fire in our Ballroom comes recommended by our Facebook friend Julie Hunter, as well as the cosy wood burner that keeps our Tranquillity Lounge toasty in the colder months.

Both offer comfy sofas and armchairs to relax in and staggering sea views to gaze at when, and if, you get bored of watching the flames dance. The fire-sea view combination is a real winner, if we do say so ourselves.

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Earl of St Vincent, Wadebridge

This is an extraordinary little pub, hidden away in the old part of the picturesque village of Egloshayle. The Earl of St Vincent dates back to the 17th Century when it was built as a boarding house for the masons constructing the village church.

Sensitively restored by the current owners, it’s one of the last unspoiled pubs in Cornwall. An hour spent by the fireside here can put you in mind of centuries past and the many travellers who stopped here seeking sustenance, or respite from the rigors of travel by foot or on horseback.

The pub was a popular haunts for tinkers, musicians, story-tellers and all those wishing to enjoy the local hospitality. Sit long enough by the fire and you’ll catch something of their spirit.

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The Smugglers, Cubert

It doesn’t matter where you are in Cornwall, The Smugglers is another one of those dining pubs that’s worth seeking out and travelling for, no matter how far. Tucked away in the picturesque hamlet of Trebellan, this chocolate-box country pub is a delight to behold. Once inside, the traditional bar will keep your thirst quenched with a wonderful selection of local ales and wines and its roaring log fire is sure to keep you warm. The separate restaurant offers good local produce with a focus on classic British dishes.

Jamaica Inn, Altarnun

This historic inn has one of the most magnificent firesides in Cornwall. The main hearth is so huge, you could bed a family of five down for the night in there.

The inn was built as a coaching house in 1750 and served as a staging post for changing horses during stagecoach runs over the moor. It’s best-known, of course, for being the base of smugglers and the setting for Daphne Du Maurier’s 1936 novel of the same name. It’s also been credited with being one of the most haunted places in Great Britain.

The inside is all sloping floors and original beams. The many fireplaces display roughly cut granite lintels and the Smuggler’s Bar, in particular, retains its 18th century feel with its huge hearth.

As you enter the bar, look out for the inscription above the door: “Through these portals passed smugglers, wreckers, villains and murderers, but rest easy….t’was many years ago.”

The Rising Sun, Altarnun

The Rising Sun Inn waits for you on the edge of Bodmin Moor, conveniently situated between the North and South Cornwall coasts and smack in the middle of prime walking, cycling and horse-riding countryside.

The 16th Century moorland inn offers locally produced ales and fresh meals and you’ll find the welcome here is as warm as the fire itself. Enjoy!

The Woods Cafe, Cardinham Woods

This is a family-run, independent cafe in the middle of the beautiful Cardinham Woods, Bodmin.

The cafe serves good, home made food and is family and dog-friendly. This is the one to visit if you fancy kicking up your heels in Autumn leaves before settling in on the comfy sofas that in the colder months huddle round a lovely roaring fire.