10 Fabulous Spots for a Sundowner in Cornwall
There's something about watching the sun go down that never gets old, and Cornwall does sunsets very well. As you sip your drinks, the colours become more vivid, with dream-like hues of pink and gold taking over the sky, making the sea below shimmer and glow. It’s life-affirming and reminds us how wonderful mother nature can be. Here are 10 fantastic places to go and enjoy a sundowner in Cornwall. Due to Covid, please check the venue is open before visiting.
1. Catch, Mawgan Porth, north Cornwall
Head to Mawgan Porth, about four miles from Newquay, for a golden expanse of sand, abundant rock pools for little explorers and great swimming and surfing. This perfect family day out is topped off with a drink or two at Catch, a stylish beach-side bar and grill serving up fresh seafood. Try a Catch Kernow Spritz – a fancy little number containing Cornish Knightor rose vermouth as you watch the sunset over the sea. Life doesn’t get much better.
2. Constantine Bay, near Padstow, north Cornwall
A large westerly expanse of sand and great surf makes Constantine Bay one of the more dramatic spots to watch a sunset. Pack a picnic rug, some nibbles and a bottle of fizz and set yourself up on the sand dunes backing onto Trevose Golf Course. You’ll be perched above the bay and in prime position to take in the views as the sun sets between the Quies rocks and Trevose Head.
3. The Atlantic, Polzeath, north Cornwall
If you like your sundowner locally sourced, head to the Atlantic Bar and Kitchen in New Polzeath. It’s owned by Harbour Brewing, who specialise in trendy craft beers. Cornish spring water and local hops are the ingredients for such tipples as Paddle Out and Let’s Be Frank. Treat yourself to a crisp, refreshing cold one and soak up the sunset from the Atlantic’s terrace, high up on the cliff overlooking the beach and the ocean. The view is wonderful and it’s only a short stroll over from the beach and village centre. It’s also slightly less crowded than Polzeath proper – win-win.
4. The View, Rame Peninsula, south-east Cornwall
Hidden over in Cornwall’s forgotten corner is one of the most spectacular Cornish sunset spots EVER. If you’re staying in one of our holiday cottages in Cawsand or Kingsand, just pop up the road over to Whitsand Bay where you’ll find mile upon mile of golden sandy beaches and limpid waters. It’s quite wild and remote over there but civilisation and a selection of high-end cold wines is available at the View. This sophisticated spot does fantastic fresh food and has a lovely terrace from which to admire the sun as it sinks down over the sea.
5. Widemouth Manor, near Bude, north Cornwall
This one is for grown-ups only so find a babysitter and leave the kids at home! Panoramic views of the Atlantic are the order of the day at Widemouth Manor’s over-18s sunset lounge. Dedicated mixologists will whip you up a decadent cocktail as you watch the sun dip over the ocean. There are two other family and dog-friendly bars as well.
6. The Surf Den, Sennen Cove, west Cornwall
Rugged and unspoiled bay? Check. Fabulous views of the beach and cove? Check. Family-friendly outdoor eatery? Check. Fun, chilled surfy vibe? Check. If this sounds like the perfect way to relax after a day playing on the sand and in the sea, head to the Surf Den at Sennen Cove. Alcoholic slush puppies are a great way to watch the sun go down, while the kids eat pizza and ice-cream.
7. The Rockpool, Godrevy, west Cornwall
Rustic and friendly, the vibe is barefoot and relaxed at the Rockpool. The view pours in from all angles whether inside or outside on the beautiful deck, but head to the back garden to revel in the stunning sunset vistas. It has a great cocktail menu – try the passionfruit and yuzu martini – as well as a considered selection of beers, gins and wines. The food is pretty darn good, too.
8. Emily Scott Food, Watergate Bay, north Cornwall
If you like seriously good food with your sunset, chef Emily Scott’s restaurant at Watergate Bay is a must. Facing west, this high-end eatery has the feel of being on the beach with views out to sea. Natural wood and rattan accessories add to the calming ambience. The menu is outstanding, using the freshest local ingredients. Coupled with a breathtaking sunset, this is a truly special place.
9. The Watering Hole, Perranporth, north Cornwall
This beach bar is a total dream. Right on the sand, it’s perfect for families and groups of friends alike to relax and watch the sun go down. The Watering Hole has it all, from great food to live music, and the sun set just goes on and on. Bliss.
10. Blue Bar, Porthtowan
Shabby-chic, relaxed and friendly, Blue is another one of Cornwall’s finest beach bars. Situated on the dunes of Porthtowan beach, it’s a lovely place to watch the waves crashing on to the shore. Sip a cold drink and listen to a range of locally and nationally acclaimed bands and artists, all while the sun sinks and twilight falls.