With over 4 million visitors every year, Cornwall is certainly a popular destination for tourists from all over the UK and overseas and things can get rather busy in this neck of the woods. However there are still some places that us local’s like to keep under our hats. Some of the best places to eat, drink and relax can be discovered by boat. Here’s a list of some of our favourite, lesser-known destinations to help you make the most of your time in Cornwall.
A charming stop along Restronguet Creek (just around the corner from Mylor Yacht Harbour), the Pandora Inn dates back to the 13th Century. You’ll find roaring log fires and a menu created using the freshest local produce. Accessible via their mooring pontoon directly outside, it is tidal so we recommend keeping an eye on the low water times.
A beautiful riverside pub near Truro, the Heron Inn is located on the banks of the Tresillian and Truro river, where it meets the Fal. Moor up on a visitor buoy and come alongside by dingy to enjoy some delicious dishes, local ales and fine wines. Be sure to check your tide times as the river runs dry at low tide.
Across the water from Falmouth, St Mawes is a Cornish fishing village surrounded by rolling Cornish countryside. Find a spot in the harbour and spend your days exploring cobbled streets, visiting St Mawes Castle and enjoying the freshest seafood at one of the local restaurants or pubs.
Sailing into the Carrick Roads, it’s hard to miss St Anthony’s Lighthouse on your starboard side. If you’re looking for a secluded spot, a gentle cruise around this headland from Mylor will take you to Porthbeor, often referred to by the locals as ‘Lighthouse Beach’. A stunning sandy cove, access by road is difficult, so most visitors arrive by boat to enjoy this secret slice of Cornish paradise.
Tucked away on the coast path near Porthcurnick Beach in Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula, this small café has become famous in Cornwall for its legendary ‘bring a plate’ feast nights (booking essential!). Open from 10am to 5pm during the summer season only, drop anchor and come ashore to discover plenty of tasty treats.
One of the latest additions to our list is based here at Mylor Yacht Harbour and can be accessed directly from our pontoons. Blue River Table offers stunning river cruises along the Fal and the sheltered creeks of the Carrick Roads while serving a delicious selection of feasts freshly prepared using local produce by owner operators Charlotte and Jess on board a recently restored classic Looe fishing boat.