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Six of the Best Real Ale Pubs in Padstow

Six of the Best Real Ale Pubs in Padstow

If there’s one thing that Padstow has in abundance, it’s pubs. The relaxing can really begin once you’ve parked up, unpacked the bags, taken in the wonderful views and decided; “It’s time for a pint!”

But where will you go?

With all the choice it can be overwhelming. The chances are, even if you wing it and choose a place based on your gut instinct, you’ll choose a good one. That said, there are some great places to choose from and if you’re looking to visit the best real ale watering holes in Padstow then you’re in the right place.

We’ve picked six of the best. There are loads more, but we have a little fondness for these particular locations…

Please note that the ales included in this list were correct as of August 2019.


1. Shipwrights Pub

Owned by St Austell Ales, this pub is a real gem. Recently recovering from a fire that nearly devasted the ancient harbour building, it’s now fully restored and back to its best.

It’s a traditional brick pub originally built to serve the fishermen and tradespeople of Padstow. The sea views are what people come here for with its stunning view over the historic harbour. If you’re looking for award-winning beers and fresh pub food, then The Shipwrights is one to pop high on your list to visit!

Football, rugby and pay-to-view boxing games can be found too.

Beers: Serving 3 St Austell ales.

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2. Old Ship Hotel

Walking is a great pastime in Padstow [ ] and one of the best places to do that is the Camel Estuary. What you really need at the end of a long walk is a well-deserved pint and the Old Ship Hotel is perfect for that!

Overlooking the stunning Camel estuary, the Old Ship is actually the closest hotel to the harbour and with a children and dog-friendly vibe, it’s ideal after that long walk in the Estuary. They often have live music, too.

Beers: 3 ales including Brain’s SA

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3. Golden Lion Pub

When the sun is shining, there’s no better place on earth than Padstow. We truly believe that. But at times, it will rain, and if you come here in the autumn/winter season you’ll need to wrap up for those beach walks and meanders around the harbour.

One great place to try out is the cosy and welcoming Golden Lion pub. With an open fire and parquet flooring in the public bar, this is a perfect place to sit back, relax, and warm up a little from your brisk walk in the Cornish air.

This is Padstow’s oldest pub and home of the Red ‘oss!

Beers: Doom Bar, Betty Stogs and selected guest ales.

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4. The London Inn

St Austell are well-known across the UK for their beers and here in Padstow they dominate the public houses, as you would expect. The London Inn was built in 1803 and was originally three fisherman’s cottages. It takes its name from an old local sloop.

You’ll find a classic pub menu with sourced-locally food and local ingredients. There’s a lovely garden and terrace with outdoor dining, too.

Beers: Serving 5 St Austell ales.

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5. Harbour Inn

Looking for some peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the Harbour? The Harbour Inn may well be the place for you. Tucked away, not far from front, this great little pub has a daily specials board, homemade pies, and locally caught fish and shellfish.

Originally a small fisherman’s pub and home of the Peace ‘oss, you’ll find an excellent choice of cask mark traditional beers, Local ciders and lagers.

Beers: Serving 3 St Austell ales.

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6. Old Custom House

Old Custom House has a glorious position on Padstow’s South Quay. With harbour views and stunning food and drink, this is a must visit.

Inside the beautifully designed pub/restaurant, you’ll find locally brewed beers and West Country ciders as well as some fine wines by the glass or even some classic cocktails if you prefer.

Old Custom House is a bistro style venue with spacious dining. Originally a Custom and Excise house, this is a stunning example of the traditional Cornish building and modern food and cuisine mixed.  

Beers: 4 St Austell ales.

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There’s so much to choose from in Padstow. After walks and activities, during those long summer nights eating out, or just a swift one at lunch – you’ll love the vibe in Padstow as much as the real ale.

Looking for somewhere to stay? We have some ideally located places in and around the Harbour and town. Find the full list of places to stay in Padstow here [].

Need more help? Contact us now and we’ll give you some pointers.

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