After another lockdown of forgotten and thwarted plans, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

In preparation for Monday (April 12) Cornwall Live has compiled a list on some of the best coastal venues with outdoor spaces that you can visit.

From beach side stalwarts to cosy cafés, these places are sure to offer unrivalled views alongside great food and drink for the whole crew.

Enjoy a pint, G&T, cocktail or snack with the sand between your toes, then head to the balcony or terrace for fresh locally-sourced food and to admire the sunset – or sunrise. 

Now doesn’t that just sound like bliss?

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The Venus Cafe and Beach Bar, Looe

The Beach Bar at Millendreath
The Beach Bar at Millendreath

This hidden gem in Millendreath boasts stunning views across the bay towards Looe Island and serves a range of fresh food, including a locally-sourced Catch Of The Day and tapas dishes.

The newly refurbished Beach Bar has a large wrap around deck above the beach, with views that stretch across to Looe Island and beyond, perfect for a relaxing drink in the sun or even to wrap up on a chilly winter’s day and enjoy the glistening of the sea with a glass of wine.

Reopening date

Cafe- April 12th

Beach Bar – April 15th

Opening times

The cafe is open everyday from 10am-5pm 

The Beach Bar will be open everyday from 11am-7pm

*outdoor seating is on a first come first served basis

Porthmeor Beach Cafe, St Ives

(Image: Porthmeor Beach Cafe)

Situated just below the Tate gallery, this beachside cafe offers sheltered alfresco breakfast, lunch, tapas, dinner, cakes and drinks, as well as an incredible view across the beach.

The cafe is renowned for its ‘build your own breakfast’, fresh juices and extensive vegetarian and seafood tapas and what better way to spend an evening than on the terrace with a glass of fizz while watching the sunset.

Reopening date

April 12th

Opening times

Breakfast: 8.30am – 11am

Lunch: 12.00 – 4.00pm

Early Evening: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.00pm

Offbeat Bars, Carlyon Bay

Offbeat Bars on Carlyon Bay Beach

Built on restored vintage hardware, Off Beat Bar and Kitchen is a fully stocked mobile bar and venue that appears as a pop-up each summer on Carlyon Bay Beach.

Run by the fabulous Matt and Amy, they have been hard at work getting setup for the season and are all ready to welcome punters on April 12 offering up all the classics you know and love – from burgers to pizzas.

Right on the heart of the beach, picture a cocktail in-hand on the roof terrace overlooking the ocean, or cosy-up by the roaring fire pit on those cooler nights. It’s certainly going to be one of the places to be this summer.

Reopening date

April 12th

Opening times

From midday everyday

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The Slope, Newquay

(Image: TripAdvisor)

Overlooking Great Western Beach in Newquay, this eatery offers burgers, loaded fries, locally-roasted coffee and beers from Sharp’s Brewery.

The new Great Western Beach container bar will be open from 12 April, serving up a limited range of food items and alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment in the open air.

Reopening date

April 12th

Opening times

*hours to be confirmed

The Watering Hole, Perranporth

The Watering Hole celebrates its 40th anniversary this year
The Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is an iconic Cornish bar, restaurant and live music venue on Perranporth Beach.

In the words of the owner: “Sitting on the benches, with rattler at hand and nachos in front of me, sun shining, surf pumping, there is nowhere else that I would want to be in the world, this is my Eden.”

Reopening date

April 12th

Opening times

*opening hours to be confirmed

Hubbox, Pentewan Sands

(Image: Hubbox)

Best described as a laidback beach shack with the Hubbox signature interior design, this eatery offers stunning views out to sea as well as award-winning food.

Reopening date

April 12th

Opening times

Everyday from 9.30am-10pm

Lusty Glaze, Newquay

Lusty Glaze has been named the best beach bar in the UK

Sat in a secluded cove, just a short walk from the centre of Newquay and down the famous 133 steps, this beachside bar and restaurant serves fresh seafood and locally-sourced Cornish produce.

Last September Lusty Glaze was named the best beach bar in the UK, so it must be doing something right – and that picture says it all really.

Reopening date

April 12th

Opening times

Daily from 10am-4pm

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The Shack, Portmellon

The Shack at Portmellon
The Shack at Portmellon (Image: Tom White)

What this cafe lacks in size it makes up for in charm. The Shack is a beautiful little cafe by the cove, serving an array of local, organic or home-made dishes ranging from salads, savoury tarts and pasties to cakes, pastries and ice-cream.

There is only a small amount of outdoor seating but it’s a perfect pit-stop along the coastal path and takeaway can be enjoyed on the beachfront.

Reopening date

Open for takeaway now

Opening times

Daily from 10am-5pm

The Break at Beach House, Widemouth Bay

(Image: Beach House Widemouth)

With plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the bay, this trendy beach bar offers seafood, skewers, chargrilled steaks, beer, wine and cocktails.

Reopening date

April 12th

Opening times

Monday-Saturday: Bar from 2pm and food from 5pm

Sunday: From 12-8pm

The Rockpool, Gwithian

(Image: The Rockpool)

A relaxed contemporary beach bar, The Rockpool will be reopening for outdoor dining from Monday onwards.

Standing in the idyllic location of the dunes between Gwithian and Godrevy, this family-friendly cafe bar offers good food and a glorious sandy back garden.

Combine great-scenery with great music in the perfect stop-off after a beach walk or surf.

Reopening date

April 12th

Opening times

Open 10am-5pm everyday

Food served from 10am-4pm

*hours will be extended later in the summer for indoor dining

The Blue Bar, Porthtowan

The Blue Bar in Porthtowan has been named third best beach bar in the UK according to the Missguided rating

Situated on the dunes of Porthtowan beach Cornwall, The Blue bar and Restaurant serves food all day and is the perfect place to get together with family and friends to enjoy some stunning views.

Reopening date

April 12th

Opening times

From 10am

*specific times to be confirmed

The Hidden Hut, Portscatho

Simon Stallard, right, cooks up a Hidden Hut feast during a previous summer. The popular nights will return in 2021

Tucked away along the coastal path on the remote Roseland Peninsula is one of the most popular dining experiences in Cornwall.

Frustrated fans of The Hidden Hut have gone months without being able to visit the beachside kiosk that’s also famous for its soups and snacks at Porthcurnick Beach.

However, the hatches are back open… the Hut reopened earlier than expected allowing chef owner Simon Stallard and his crew to start serving food on the run-up to Easter.

Reopening date

Open now for takeaway on the beach

Opening times

Everyday from 11am-4pm

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Sam’s On The Beach, Par

Sam’s On The Beach in Polkerris

Based in a converted RNLI station at Polkerris, this venue offers the chance to laze on the terrace, enjoying locally-sourced and caught seafood as well as wood-fired artisan pizzas.

Reopening date

April 12

Opening times

*weather dependent and on a first come first served basis

The Mermaid Inn, Newquay

(Image: TripAdvisor)

This traditional family-run pub is right on the beautiful Porth Beach and offers a wide range of burgers, pasta, seafood, pies and steaks.

Reopening date

April 12

Opening times

Open everyday from 11am-10pm

Fistral Beach Bar, Newquay

Busy Fistral Beach Bar (Image: Simon Heester / Cornwall Live)

Situated on the shoreline of one of the world’s most iconic surf beaches, this bar boasts an extensive decked area and offers fresh food.

Reopening date

April 12

Opening times

*to be confirmed

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