Devon & Cornwall drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Devoran

Pandora Inn

At the bottom of a hill by Restronguet Creek, this thatched inn is one of Cornwall’s landmark pubs, in situ since the mid-1600s. It’s the picture of a smuggler’s pub: inside, blazing hearths, snug alcoves, beams and…
Top Choice Pub in Zennor

Tinner's Arms

The Tinner's may well be Cornwall's most venerable boozer; it's believed to have been built around 1271 by the masons who constructed the village church. It's a real beauty: whitewashed and slate-roofed, with a beam…
Top Choice Pub in Plymouth

Dolphin

This gloriously unreconstructed Barbican boozer is all scuffed tables, padded bench seats and an authentic, no-nonsense atmosphere. Feeling peckish? Get a fish-and-chip takeaway from Harbourside Fish & Chips two…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Totnes

The Totnes Brewing Co

There are scores of craft beers to choose from at this trendy town hang-out, from Trappist-style wheat brews to imperial stouts, all with witty names (personal favourites: Hopless Romantic, Nutty Old England and Duc…
Top Choice Cafe in Truro

108 Coffee

Set up by unapologetic coffee nuts Paul and Michelle, this is the premier place for a caffeine fix in Truro. The beans come courtesy of Cornish coffee roasters Origin, and the flat whites and espressos are as good a…
Top Choice Cafe in Falmouth

Espressini

Cornwall's best coffee house, bar none, run by committed coffee aficionado Rupert Ellis. The choice of blends, roasts and coffees is enough to fill a 2m-long blackboard (literally) and it has recently started servin…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Exeter

Fat Pig

There are few better spots for a pint in town than this fine craft brewery, which makes its own ales and brews its own gin, vodka and more 'experimental' spirits. It's a pleasant space, with quirky decor and fixture…
Top Choice Pub in Falmouth

Beerwolf Books

Probably the greatest idea ever, anytime, anywhere: a prime pub and brilliant bookshop rolled into one, meaning you can browse for reading material before settling down for a pint of real ale. Beers change weekly, a…
Top Choice Bar in Porthtowan

Blue Bar

For a seaside sundowner or a lunchtime burger by the sand, this surfy Porthtowan cafe is tough to beat. There are tables outside overlooking the sand, plus more inside (arrive early to bag the prime bay window table…
Top Choice Pub in Bigbury-on-Sea & Burgh Island

Pilchard

What a spot to sip a pint and watch the waters rise. The atmospheric 14th-century Pilchard Inn (think beams and an open fire) sits on the shores of Burgh Island, so it's cut off from the mainland at high tide. All o…