TOP SPOTS TO WATCH THE SIX NATIONS RUGBY IN CORNWALL
We wouldn’t usually recommend spending the weekend indoors with such a fantastic range of things to do and see on our doorstep, but sometimes there are exceptions, and in this case, it’s the Six Nations. The rugby matches will be kicking off on Saturday 3rd February with Wales v. Scotland, with fixtures most weekends from then until Saturday 17th March.
We think it’s important to enjoy the matches with a tasty drink in-hand and some good pub grub on our plate, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourite pubs and eateries in Cornwall that will be showing the rugby and are offering a little more than a bottle of Beck’s and a packet of pork scratchings.
Read on to find out where to spend your rugby-watching hours…
Located in the idyllic fishing village of Port Isaac, The Golden Lion is an 18th century pub with fantastic views over the harbour and cliffs either side. The pub is home to the Bloody Bones Bar which will be showing all the Six Nations matches and has a great lunch and dinner menu available, featuring small and large portions depending on how hungry you are, and a specials board showcasing the day’s selection.
Choose a drink from the extensive wine list or beers on tap, and pick a seat by the open fire for the ultimate rugby-watching experience.
Perched on a cliff on the edge of Newquay, Lewinnick Lodge boasts by far the best views in town, with a spectacular, panoramic view across the Atlantic Ocean as far as Padstow on a clear day. Every Six Nations match will be showing in the bar, and with three TVs, there’s no chance of a disrupted view.
The food is not to be ignored either; on the menu you’ll find a perfect marriage of fine dining dishes and classic pub food, with signature plates like Cornish mussels, seafood linguine, and chargrilled sirloin steak, with a great range of sides and daily specials too. The bar area is dog-friendly, and being located on the headland between Fistral Beach and Crantock, we can highly recommend a walk along Pentire Headland before or after the rugby. The surrounding waters are a real hot spot for dolphin and seals sightings too.
Located just above the beautiful Porthleven harbour, The Ship Inn is in a prime spot to enjoy a drink in the garden over the summer months, or cosy up by the fire over winter, with a great range of beers on tap, including Skinner’s, Sharp’s and Blackrock Brewery.
The pub has a small-but-great menu featuring fresh sandwiches, a selection of burgers and hearty main meals, plus a selection of bar snacks, including olives in a garlic and rosemary marinade; hummus with rosemary focaccia, balsamic and olive oil; mozzarella balls in a garlic, oregano and lemon marinade; and anchovies with lemon and garlic. The rugby matches will be playing in the ‘old Smithy’ section of the pub, which was used as a China clay store in the 1800’s.
With a cosy, welcoming atmosphere, The Cornish Arms in Hayle is a 19th century inn serving top quality St Austell ales and guest craft beers. The mouthwatering lunch and dinner menus include hearty dishes like Whealrose Cornish sausages with creamy mashed potato and onion gravy; artichoke carbonara with crispy capers; and pan-fried hake with pancetta and celeriac, with lighter options too.
We’ve heard their Sunday roast is quite impressive and incredibly popular, so booking a table is highly recommended should a match land between 12 and 7.30pm on a Sunday. The Cornish Arms will definitely be showing all of the major England matches, plus some of the other fixtures too, but do give them a call to double check. There are also some brilliant walks to enjoy nearby, our favourite being across Gwithian beach and up to Godrevy Point.
A Skinner’s Brewery owned pub, it only seems right that its whole range of beers are available on tap, including favourites like Cornish Knocker, Lushingtons, Betty Stogs and Porthleven. There’s even the option of a taster range for the indecisive beer drinker (glasses are one third of a pint), and pitchers for groups that don’t want to be spending precious match time queuing at the bar. The beer offering is so strong that the pub even received the CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year in 2017 and features in the Good Beer Guide.
The food menu is also a major draw, and the interior decor is characterful, exactly like an old pub should be. Catch every match of the Six Nations in The Old Ale House, conveniently located right in the centre of Truro for those of you that would rather go shopping than sit through 80 minutes of rugby.
Located on Bodmin Moor, The Jamaica Inn is a popular and rather famous pub that will be showing all of the Six Nations rugby matches, with lunch and dinner menus served up every day. Choose from plenty of classic pub dishes, vegetarian options, and a daily-changing specials board, with a ‘light bites’ and lunch menu served between 11am until 4pm. The evening menu is available from 5pm until 9pm, and hearty roasts served from 12 until 3pm on Sundays. Before you leave, learn about the pub’s pirating past, smuggling stories, and paranormal activity in the neighbouring gift shop, with rooms above the pub that have been certified haunted by The British Paranormal Association.
On another less spooky note, we’d also recommend a walk nearby (see our post for the route to Roughtor here), and a browse around the farm shop while you’re there.
Located right in the middle of Padstow, The Old Ship Hotel is run by the Stephens family, all devoted rugby fans that will no doubt have all the Six Nations matches up on the big screen. Food is served all day in the pub, and the menu features some delicious dishes, like braised lamb rump with potato cake, seasonal vegetables and mint gravy; Thai green monkfish and king prawn curry; and, on a Sunday, one of the best roast dinners this side of the Camel Estuary. You’ll also find some great salads, wraps and sandwiches on the lunch menu, and the bar is stocked with a large selection of ales, beers and wines.
For the full fixture list, head to the Six Nations website: www.sixnationsrugby.com.