Shelter from the elements and get an eye-full of the stormy seas over a steaming hot chocolate
BLUE BAR, Porthtowan
Tucked at the foot of the cliffs, Blue’s big bay windows face the wild beach scenery and take the full wrath of the salty spray. Undoubtedly my favourite café to kickback in stormy weather, it also serves divine hot chocolates and brownies, as well as killer burgers and nachos. Dogs welcome, and there’s free wifi if you can bear to tear your eyes away from the view and get some work done.
BODHIS, South Fistral
Hogging an enviable location on the edge Cornwall’s top surfing beach, Bhodi’s is arguably one of the best locations to watch Newquay’s surfers take on the awesome waves. Of course the big breakfasts, homemade cakes and locally-sourced menu are a big draw too. Dogs welcome.
THE WATERING HOLE, Perranporth
Bang on Perranporth’s two-mile beach, you’ll have to brave the storms just to get to The Watering Hole. Once inside it’s a rustic, still-on-the-beach style setting, where heaters stave off the cold and sand blows in each time the door opens. Food and service isn’t the best in Cornwall, but it’s the cracking views of the Atlantic swell beating the sands that you’re here for. Dogs welcome.
THE OLD COASTGUARD, Mousehole
If you want somewhere plush to sink into a sea-view sofa and watch the storms, look no further than The Old Coastguard. Plump leather armchairs look out over Mounts Bay, where stormy seas wrap around the castle on St Michael’s Mount. Sip on fresh coffee and glance at the newspaper, or there’s gourmet food available too. Dogs and children welcome.
POLPEOR CAFÉ, Lizard Point
Perched on the southerly tip of the country, this little café stares straight out to the storms skudding in over the sea. Enjoy Cornish cream teas, crab sandwiches and fresh fish dinners, keep an eye out for seals and take a trip to the lighthouse to learn more about the treacherous waters around Lizard Point.