Where to Drink in St Agnes, Cornwall

St Agnes is where Cornwall’s past and present meet. Eco brands, legends of giant-slaying and scenery straight out of an episode of Poldark make for an intoxicating and unique mix. We’ve found the best hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops and places to visit.

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The Sorting Office

It isn’t often that you can ask anyone in a town where to get the best coffee and they all give you a unanimous answer. The Sorting Office is the undisputed mecca of non-alcoholic beverages in town, with oat-milk lattes, fresh fruit smoothies and hot chocolates so evocatively flavourful that you’ll be dreaming of log fires and decorating the Christmas tree in midsummer. As the name suggests, The Sorting Office was where parcels from the post office were once sorted and packed before delivery. The old post office is now a barber’s shop, but the hatch between the two is still in operation, so the clientele can now benefit from a steady stream of hot drinks delivered through the sorting hatch while they get a fresh trim.

Address

Churchtown, TR5 0TE

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Driftwood Spars

After a tough day of surfing, you can practically roll out of the sea into the Driftwood Spars. The Driftwood Spars has had a varied and colourful history. The spars that the pub is named after were salvaged from shipwrecks in the 17th century. Since then the building has gone through various reincarnations as a tin-mining warehouse, chandlery, fish cellar and sailmaking loft. Nowadays it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cold pint in the beer garden, rubbing shoulders with surfers, rowers and local musicians.

Address

Trevaunance Cove, TR5 0RT

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Schooners

We’ve all got that one spot that we love for people-watching, but Schooners takes it to a whole new level. Perched above Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes’s most popular beach, it’s an ideal spot for a sundowner while watching the sun set behind surfers catching their final waves of the day. The food isn’t bad either. We particularly recommend Sunday brunch.

Address

The Quay, Trevaunance Cove, TR5 0RU

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The Taphouse

You might not associate Cornwall with an up-and-coming music scene, but The Taphouse is here to challenge that. It showcases local artists and DJs but also having played host to big names such as George Ezra and Ben Howard, so a great atmosphere is always guaranteed here. There’s also an extensive selection of Cornish gins on offer to sample as you’re toe-tapping.

Address

Peterville Square, TR5 0QU

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The Unicorn on the Beach

Although it’s not strictly speaking in St Agnes (Porthtowan is a 10-minute drive away, or a 10km plod along the coastal path), The Unicorn is well worth venturing out of town for. The enviable location spills onto the sand dunes of one of Cornwall’s finest surfing beaches. We’re over beer gardens, beer beaches are far superior.

Address

Beach Road, Porthtowan TR4 8AD