The Best Pubs in Rock

The Best Pubs in Rock

Date Posted: 22 Aug 2023

On the hunt for your new favourite pub in Rock? A trip to a local pub or inn is high on many peoples’ agendas after a day at the beach or exploring the local area, and we don’t blame you, Cornwall has some pretty special spots to enjoy a drink or two.

Here we round up the best pubs in Rock and nearby…

The Mariners

The Mariners

The most famous pub in Rock, The Mariners pub was relaunched by Paul and Emma Ainsworth in May 2019. Overlooking the Camel Estuary, enjoy a drink on the terrace overlooking the boats as they glide on the water.

Keeping things local, Sharp’s Brewery lead on the lager and ale offering, plus the drinks menu also boasts sparkling wines from Camel Valley and spirits from Salcombe Distillery. Whether you’re visiting on a rainy day and want to cosy up by the fire, or basking under the Cornish sun on the Terrace, a visit to this pub in Rock is a must.

Bluntrock Brewery Rock beers
Bluntrock Brewery Rock
Bluntrock Brewery

If craft beers are your thing, then this unique taproom-style pub in Rock has to be on your radar. A converted container, Bluntrock Brewery’s Taproom serves up super fresh brews direct from the source of its Nanobrewery, which you can see from the beer garden.

Behind the bar there’s eight taps to choose from, but you’ll also find some tempting local ciders, wines and soft drinks. Dogs are welcome and there’s often live music and local street food vendors, too!

Pity Me Inn

A mile outside of Rock, the Pity Me Inn has been a much-loved village pub for over 50 years. A dog-friendly Rock pub, the bar has you well looked after with a wide selection of gins, spirits, wines and award-winning choice of St Austell ales.

Having recently gone through a substantial renovation, there’s a fantastic beer garden to enjoy a tipple outside, or the elegantly styled bar and restaurant – complete with woodburner – is equally appealing.

St Enodoc Hotel

For a more formal setting, with stunning views over the Camel Estuary, St Enodoc Hotels’ terrace is an obvious choice for a sundowner cocktail or two. On the drinks menu expect to see locally-sourced sparkling and still wine from Camel Valley, Cornish Tarquin’s gin and Sharp’s Brewery beer on draught.

The cocktail menu is equally appealing with a mix of classic, garden, sweet and fizz-based cocktails – the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Sharp’s Brewery

Calling all beer lovers… Rock is home to Sharp’s Brewery, proud brewers of delectable ‘Doom Bar’, named after the treacherous but protective Doom Bar sandbank at the mouth of the Camel Estuary in Rock. For those fancying a local tipple, there’s a selection of beers on draught along with bottled beer, cider, wine by the glass, and Cornish Tarquin’s gin.

A perfect rainy-day activity, why not book onto a tasting session, where you’ll find out more about the beer making process and the brewery’s history, followed by a tutored tasting of a varied selection of Beers in its specially built tasting room.

Bear Bar at The Point at Polzeath

For a pub with a view head to Bear Bar at The Point at Polzeath. A golf course, health club, bar and restaurant, The Point at Polzeath is just 2 miles from Rock, taking about 40 minutes on foot.

There are floor to ceiling windows which lead out to a large sun-drenched terrace with fabulous views over Newlands Island and Pentire Point as well as the 9th and 18th greens. For those who like to watch live sports, there are two large television screens showing the sport of the day.


For a contemporary pub near Rock, St Austell Brewery owned The Oystercatcher in Polzeath is one to have on your radar. Just over two miles from Rock, with stunning views over the beach and surrounding coastline, why not head there via the coast path for a stunning walk from Rock to Polzeath.

A dog-friendly pub with fabulous cask ales, many limited editions from the brewery, there’s a tipple for everyone – whether you’re looking for a no or low alcohol beverage, award-winning beers and a large selections of wines and spirits.

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