Southwest England 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 City Centre

Mud Dock

Mud Dock epitomises the laid-back charm of Bristol's harbourside. In this long attic bikes, fairy lights and a massive metal swordfish hang from the girders. Summer sees drinkers packing the mellow waterside terrace…
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 Craft Beer in Clifton

Amoeba

Sixty-five craft beers, 60 cocktails (£8 to £9) and a hundred-and-something (who's counting?) spirits draw style-conscious drinkers to this chilled-out wine bar, where patrons sit on bench seats smothered in cushion…