Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The South West's best seaside pubs

Even though many of our holiday cottages boast spacious and luxurious kitchens, many of our holidaymakers enjoy treating themselves to a hearty pub meal at least once during their stay - after all, it's impossible to resist the lure of something warm and filling served with thick chips and a local ale to wash it down with.

With that in mind, and your tastebuds tingling, read on for a guide to the best seaside pubs in the South West.

The Watering Hole, Cornwall
Reputedly the only bar in the whole of the UK situated on a beach, the Watering Hole at Perranporth in Cornwall sits right in the heart of some of the region's finest coastal scenery. With it's prime location in the centre of this enormous expanse of golden sand, the views from the pub are second to none. Enjoy steaks and seafood accompanied by a cold beer as you watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.

Hartland Quay Hotel, Devon
If you're seeking unspoilt Devon, you'll find it at the Hartland Quay Hotel near Bideford, which is perched right at the tip of the rugged, wave-battered headland.
On a sunny day you can sit on a bench outside and look over the rocky shore towards Lundy Island, and then after lunch, walk off your Sunday roast by taking a stroll along the South West Coast Path which runs right past the hotel.

The Anchor Inn, Dorset
This pretty whitewashed pub is situated right on the seafront in the tiny hamlet of Seatown, replete with thatched cottages. It commands fantastic views of not only the Jurassic Coast, but also of Golden Cap - the highest point on the south coast. After scaling the 191 metre-high cliffs, head back to the inn for a well-deserved meal of pan fried sea bass sourced from Bridport or griddled lamb from the oldest butcher in the country.

The Ship Inn, Somerset 
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This traditional thatched roof pub is set in the tiny 17th century settlement of Porlock Weir overlooking the Bristol Channel, views across to the south of Wales on a clear day. There is extensive outside seating, which is perfect for soaking up the sun and breathing in the coastal air while tucking into a ploughmans and a beer. After lunch, venture onto the aforementioned South West Coast Path and hike along to Porlock Marsh and Culbone, home to England's smallest church.

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