Best Pubs | South West England

We have selected 200 of our favourite pubs in England. We visit every recommendation & take all our own photography. (It’s a tough job)

The Pony and Trap, Bristol

The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna has held a Michelin Star since 2011 and was ranked 2nd in the Estrella Damm Top 50 UK Gastropubs in 2018. The “field to fork” ethos of the pub ensures that ingredients are sourced as locally as possible from suppliers around the Chew Valley and the South West.

The Pandora Inn, Cornwall

The Poet in Matfield has recently benefitted from a complete renovation. The restaurant sits within a 17th Century building named after war poet Siegfried Sassoon, who was born and raised in Matfield.

The Gurnard’s Head, Cornwall

A landmark pub almost at the edge of England, the Gurnard’s Head is your last stop for a pint and an open fire before the Atlantic Ocean. Between St Just and Zennor, this is genuine Cornwall. Wild, mysterious and beautiful, the Gurnard’s Head is an inn that transports you back to when travel was that little bit slower.

The Port William, Cornwall

A cut above many Cornish inns, The Port William makes the most of its coastal location with floor-to-ceiling glazing in the restaurant, framing vast Atlantic views. Already a hotspot with surfers, you can enjoy a meal by the sea on a sunny day or cosy up and watch the lashing waves from a comfy spot beside the toasty wood burner.

The Ship Inn, Cornwall

Full of Cornish character and charm, the Ship Inn in Mousehole is a friendly pub with eight comfortable rooms offering splendid views of the sea and quaint Mousehole harbour. The bar and restaurant serve fresh local food all year round and the traditional Cornish pub food is accompanied by the excellent St. Austell ales.

The Blue Peter Inn, Cornwall

Sitting on the harbour wall of the stunning village of Polperro, the Blue Peter Inn offers a warm welcome to all comers. They offer great beer, food, superb views and live music for which its fame has spread far and wide. They do their best to ensure the journey from the sea to your plate is a short one which isn’t difficult given their location. 15A_Cornwall.jpg

The Golden Lion, Cornwall

This 18th-century pub in Port Isaac is awash with charm and history. Overlooking the stunning bay makes this an ideal spot to watch the beautiful blues of summer calm and the dramatic greys of winter storms. The Golden Lion takes pride in their cask ale and serves a fine fish and chips.

The Ship Inn, Cornwall

The pub’s position gives them great access to some of the finest fish in the British Isles and their home cooking truly has the taste of Cornwall in every dish. Low ceilings, wooden beams and open fires add to the cosy character.

The Old Custom House, Cornwall

Nestled within the harbour of Padstow is the Old Custom House, a B&B and restaurant known for its excellent quality and service. There is a stylish and intimate bar along with comfortable guest rooms and a well-equipped spa. The Old Custom House directly overlooks the bustling harbour and sits in the midst of the hustle and bustle of this attractive harbour

The Star & Garter, Cornwall

Full of Cornish character and charm, the Ship Inn in Mousehole is a friendly pub with eight comfortable rooms offering splendid views of the sea and quaint Mousehole harbour. The bar and restaurant serve fresh local food all year round and the traditional Cornish pub food is accompanied by the excellent St. Austell ales.
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