There are few things we can think of that beat a day spent at the great British seaside, but stumbling across a great coastal pub, or pubs, certainly turns a great day into a smashing one.
To help you make the most of your time on our country’s sandy (or pebbly) shores, we’ve picked out our favourite pubs that are located on (or very, very near) to the coast. Sea views are guaranteed, and so are great selections of local ales and ciders. Have we missed your favourite spot, or perhaps you stumbled across a great find the last time you were out on a blustery ramble that you need to share? Let us know in the comments.
The Gurnard’s Head, Cornwall
If you call Kernow’s northern coast your second home, you’d be mad to miss savouring a pint (or two) at this roadside spot with incredible views of the Atlantic.
As expected, they’re committed to serving up the best of local brews, and promise to always have three hand-pulled Cornish ales on tap (such as St. Austell and Cornish Crown). Of course, we’re in the West Country, so scrumpy is aplenty. They favour Skreach, a local cider made by Hugh Chapman in St. Buryan.
The Gurnards Head, Nr Zennor, St. Ives, TR26 3DE
Blue Bar, Porthtowan
Blue (Bar & Kitchen) is poised between the rugged north coast cliffs and overlooking the surf of Porthtowan Beach, Blue is a refreshing experience.
A large terrace where guests enjoy can enjoy the famous “blue burger”, impressive platters, stone baked pizzas, fresh and local seafood and seasonal salads. Inside there are panoramic seated bay windows to while away the afternoon, evening or just to watch the stunning sunsets.
Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, serving simple, classic and freshly prepared dishes in beautiful coastal surroundings. Families, walkers and dogs are welcome come rain or shine!
Blue, Beach Rd, Porthtowan, Truro TR4 8AW
The Ship Inn, Low Newton
If you’re settled into one of our parks dotted across the north eastern coast of the UK, we think you owe it to yourselves to pay a visit to one of our favourite waterside watering holes there.
Known for its quality, simple pub grub, in-house brewery, live music and open fireplaces, The Ship Inn is a seaside institution. If you’re there with guests, why not treat them to a pie and pint (try the excellent, ruby red Dolly Daydream) while you take in the view of St. Mary’s Haven.
The Ship Inn, Low Newton-by-the-Sea, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3EL
Old Neptune, Whitstable
If you like your tipple served alongside a side of seawater, then make your way to The Old Neptune. With this coastal delight edging out onto Whitstable’s stony surroundings you will have front row seats to the beach
If you call the south east coast your home away from home, a stroll along this stretch isn’t complete without a thirst-quencher from the Neppy (local ales aplenty) as you watch the sun go down. If you’ve got new neighbours at Haven, why not let them in on this little secret?
The Victoria Hotel, Whitby
We’re cheating a tad with this one, but we couldn’t omit this hotel bar that sits pride of place atop the cliffs at Robin Hood’s Bay in Whitby from our list of favourite seaside drinking spots.
If you’re a long-term Haven resident on the east coast, it’s likely you’ve become Whitby regulars, but if you’ve not yet journeyed to this watering hole then jump in the car (and bring your neighbours along too!).
The Victoria Hotel, Station Road, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4RL
The Watering Hole, Perranporth
Most of the places so far have been close by, but The Watering Hole is actually on the beach! Surrounded by three miles of sand dunes and sea, it’s in the perfect spot for a drink or bite to eat.
And dogs are invited too, so why not have a wander down the gorgeous Perranporth beach just down from Perran Sands Holiday Park and pop in?
Perranporth Beach, 19 St. Pirans Road, Perranporth TR6 0BH
The Springhead, Dorset
This delightful pub has recently launched its new outside wood fired pizza oven. As well as this The Springhead has a large kids play area, beer garden and dog friendly with a doggie menu.
And best of all it is set in a truly stunning location with the River Jordan running sedately by and ducks happily paddling on the millpond which is edged by weeping willows.
The Springhead, Sutton Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6LW
The Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen
We couldn’t possibly create a list of our favourite shore-side pubs without mentioning one of Wales’ most beloved drinking spots. If you’re lucky enough to spend your days enjoying Cymru’s coast, get your walking boots at the ready, because The Ty Coch Inn is waiting!
The Inn is only accessible by beach, but we promise the walk is well worth the wait. Once you’ve reached the building (which once upon a time was a vicarage), you can pop to the bar, order a pint from the CwrwLlyn brewery and head outside to take in the views of the Irish Sea. Also good news for our residents at Hafan y Mor – the Inn is just a short 20 minute drive away from your park!
Please check their website for opening hours during off-season.
The Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 6DB
The Hest Bank Inn, nr Morecambe
Got the family with you this weekend and looking to show them a slice of what life is like living at one of our Lancashire or Lake District parks? Perfect! We’ve got just the plan. Grab your wellies and plan a walk near Morecambe Bay, and call in at The Hest Bank, a hidden gem, on your journey home.
Located overlooking a canal, and a stones throw from the shore, The Hest Bank serves up steaming dishes of hot pot and steak and ale pie alongside quality cask ales. If the weather’s good, be sure to snag a table in their suntrap beer garden, especially if you’ve got the pooch in tow!
2 Hest Bank Lane, Hest Bank, Lancashire, LA2 6DN
Boda Bar – Hemma, Edinburgh
Swedish for ‘at home’, if you love cakes then Boda Bar – Hemma will certainly make you feel at home. With great brunch, lunch, buffet, smörgåsbord platters and dinner options (as well as the cakes!) be sure to make your way there when visiting the city.
Hemma, Tunbuilding, 73 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU
The Anchor, Walberswick
If your Haven home is nestled in the beautiful confines of Norfolk, and you think you’ve exhausted the county’s coastal pub scene, then why not bundle up your brood and take a short trip south?
One of our favourite pub picks on the East Anglian coast is The Anchor in Walberswick. If you’ve spent the day exploring the nearby Dunwich Forest, then The Anchor is your perfect respite spot (especially if you’ve brought your four-legged friend!). For a real case of the warm and fuzzies, request a pint of Southwold bitter and a bowl of the Mersea oysters to chow down on while you breathe in the salty air.
Main Street, Walberswick IP18 6UA, England
The Royal Inn, Portishead
If you call Burnham-on-Sea or Doniford Bay your regular stomping ground, you’ll know that Somerset has plenty to offer in terms of coastal delights. Adding great little spots to your local knowledge roster is always satisfying, and we’ve got a pub we think might make your list.
Overlooking the Severn Estuary, The Royal Inn in Portishead overlooks a busy shipping channel. If you take a seat in their spacious beer garden, you’ll be able to watch large boats passing by on their way to the docks a few miles away. Once you’ve enjoyed your beverage (locals will know that Butcombe Bitter is the drink of choice for many), wander down to the rocky beach connected to the garden to experience unspoiled views of Wales across the water.
The Royal Inn, Pier Road, Portishead, BS20 7HG
The Bluff Inn – Hayle, Cornwall
The Bluff Inn is Riviere Sands’ Café, Bar and Grill just up the road from the park, offering a bright, comfortable and relaxing environment where the whole family can get together for drinks, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Especially popular with kids are the Seaside Squad breakfasts. And with a stunning view overlooking St Ives, you might even spot dolphins playing in the bay whilst you’re there!
The Bluff Inn, 18 Riviere Towans, Phillack, Hayle, TR27 5AF
The Cove House Inn – Portland, Dorset
For our owners who choose to settle in Dorset, this delightful pub borders 16 miles of pebbly beach and will likely end up becoming one of your favourites.
Residents and visitors alike sing the praises of the locally caught fish and seafood on the menu (especially the half pint of prawns), as well as the local ales and great wine selection. If you plan on bringing the grandkids when they come to stay, they’ll be able to take advantage of the special children’s menu (and run it off on the beach afterwards!).
The Cove House Inn, 91 Chiswell,Portland,Dorset, DT5 1AW