Bars And Pubs

On The Rocks

Of all the bars and pubs in Newquay this is the one that we consider to be our local. We have found this to be a very friendly bar used mainly by the locals. It has sports TV, pool, bar football and a patio at the front to watch the sea from and is very dog friendly. At busy times it also has a laid back cocktail bar upstairs serving coffee and premium drinks.   


As you come off the beach straight up the slope it’s on the left (Past Walkabout). Its family and dog friendly and from the outside seating area you can watch the world go by with a pint of Rattler or Doom Bar. Kids club at weekend breakfast time and pub quiz type entertainment most nights. It serves pub food as well.


You may have noticed this one; it’s that big blue building to your left as you look at the sea from just outside Crest Court. This place always looks fun open until 3AM at weekends and with great views over the bay from inside and from the patio area. Walkabout is family friendly until 7PM and dog friendly all the time. It serves food of the burger and chips variety. Party time with DJs is at weekend. 

The Central

As you would expect The Central is in the middle of Newquay. If you can get a seat outside there is no better place to enjoy a pint and watch the holiday crowds go by. This is a St, Austell Brewery pub and therefore has rules about its food. All food must be prepared on the premises no pre prepared food is allowed and it is usually sourced locally. When we come to Newquay this is where we eat if we want a pub lunch, highly recommended and dog friendly. The Central is where Newquay meets to party at weekends so be careful as you drive back to the apartment past it or, better still, don’t drive just join the fun.

The Sailors

Of all the bars and pubs in the land this is my favourite. That’s not an objective point of view it’s just that I have been coming here to drink and party for over 40 years and have some great memories of the place. At the front you can watch the world go by or sit at the back and watch the sea. Serving “Pub Grub” Dog friendly and family friendly up to 9.30 PM.Next door is sailors club if you have the energy to party to the small hours. 

The Fort

This is probably the main family friendly pub in Newquay. On Fore St. it’s the one that looks a bit like a fort. The Fort has a large outdoor area to eat drink and admire the sea views. Once again this is a dog friendly St Austell brewery pub serving food cooked on the premises. Check out the cakes and puddings bar.   

Red Lion

Overlooking the Harbour on the edge of town this is used mainly by the locals. It is dog and family friendly (10PM cut off for minors). They serve a good pub menu and often have live music in the evenings. Steer away from the website as it tends not to be updated stick to the Facebook page for events and offers.  


Voted number one bar on TripAdvisor this is a fun and friendly live music venue. All ages welcome and dogs are welcome as well. Proud of its eco credentials serving craft beer and cider alongside its signature cocktails. Don’t worry about Google saying it’s a café, its not.   

Tom Thumb

This is a bit different to most of the other bars and pubs in Newquay

This place has rules 

No hen or stag parties, maximum 8 people to a group, no fancy dress, no food service, and no sports TV blaring out no children after 9PM.

This means you will get to have a nice chilled evening drinking from a good range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails without the outside annoyances that can spoil things in less demanding bars. Give it a try it’s nice and laid back.