Boardmasters Guide to Independent Newquay

Since 1981, Newquay has been the home of Boardmasters, and we've loved seeing the town and all the local businesses evolve over the years. Whether you are visiting for the first time, or you're a local who's looking for something new; here's our guide to some of the best little spots to discover, including independent bars, quirky cafes and all time classics...

► Did someone say cocktails?

Tom Thumb

A quirky, independent bar, serving premium cocktails and coffee with a unique & extensive range of spirits, wines, beers and ciders. Watch the boys shake up delicious cocktails in front of you, tip – the Old Timer Gin Cooler is a firm favourite with locals

Watchful Mary

Located on the sea wall of Watergate Bay, this is a dreamy new spot to watch the sunset with a killer cocktail in hand.


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► Foodie Hot Spots


Tacos, burritos, tequila and beer - plus they even have a mini golf course. What more could you possibly want? The word on the street is the burritos are a must try with meat, fish and veggie options and a side of nachos.


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Lewinnick Lodge
A perennial favourite given its awesome location - picture yourself facing the tranquil turquoise blanket of the Atlantic within the coastal-chic and brilliantly boutique setting of Newquay’s Lewinnick Lodge. We have seen some epic sunsets here - well worth a visit.

WAX Newquay & WAX Watergate Bay
Amazing Cocktail & Craft Beer Bars with restaurants serving great food in the heart of Newquay, located in an old bank - and over at the beautiful Watergate Bay. With a fantastic live entertainment schedule, every night is a Saturday night at Wax Watergate Bay.

Sprout Healthfoods
A health food shop with a small cafe that serves delicious single one-pot meals (coconut lentil dahl is the one!) each day, along with hot drinks, raw vegan cakes and vegan pasties.

Lost Brewing Co

Craft beers & burgers are a firm favourite with locals - say no more.


► Beachside Hangouts

Fistral Beach Bar and Café
We've spent many a sunny day and post-surf sunset on the brilliant deck overlooking the epic Fistral Beach...


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Fish House Fistral

One of our favourite spots at Fistral with mouth-watering fresh local produce to boot! What better way to finish a day on the beach than watching the sunset eating amazing food and soaking up the atmosphere?

The Carnmarth
A contemporary cliff-top hotel with epic views of the Atlantic ocean means we can't get enough of these guys. Only minutes away from Fistral Beach and they're dog friendly! The large terrace has room for everyone and great for some alfresco dining as the sun sets.

The Slope
Firmly rooted on the Newquay beach bar scene & based on the sand at Great Western beach, The Slope takes its name from the hangout of Newquay’s inaugural surfers in the 1960s. Great beer, views and food…check out their banging burger menu. 


► Quick Bites

A stylish bakery on the block, serving freshly baked goods as well as some picnic specials exclusive to its seaside locale. The bakery is just a 5 minute walk to Fistral beach, so why not grab a post surf snack to refuel.



The Jam Jar
Great little café serving up organic local Origin coffee, superfood smoothies, breakfast bowls, toasted bagels, homemade gluten free & vegan cakes. We recommend The Italian bagel…you can thank us later.

The Pantry

Local, quality produce from the finest deli in town!

The Hangout Watergate Bay

Coffee, cake, toasties... and that unbeatable VIEW! Does it look familiar? Maybe because it shares the same view as a certain festival...


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Green Heart Café
Offering nutritious vibrant vegan and vegetarian food and drink in an artistic hub, a meeting place, as well as a Holistic Health Centre and Educational Platform.


► Head For A Browse

The Good Lyfe

It’s all about trying our best to do what we can to make the world a better, fairer place but sometimes it can be a little daunting. Head to Newquay's ethical, plastic-free store & they will help you along your way! Bring your containers for refills, pick up sustainable alternatives & much more.


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Step foot inside this wonderland to find everything from hand shaped surfboards to exclusive jewellery, hand dyed indigo scarves to stunning Native American blankets - all evoking that salty fresh feeling.


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Roos Beach
Roos Beach is a women’s boutique fashion and lifestyle shop that allows you to have a girl crush, be influenced and inspired. Perfectly positioned at the bottom of Porth hill, between Newquay and Watergate Bay, make sure you pop in!

This Cornish surf brand was launched off the back of the successful Watershed Shop concept store, which were unique in the surf and lifestyle industry, focusing on stocking and importing products that were not previously available in the UK. They have now successfully launched their own brand with an established customer base, built up in Newquay. Their store also offers boards, grooming products, plus an onsite laid back café.  


► Where Coffee Dreams Are Made

Box & Barber Coffee House
An award winning independent coffeehouse owned and run by two brothers. Perfectly situated between the town centre and Fistral beach, it is the ideal pre and post surf stop off. Serving Artisan coffee, fresh foods, cakes, acai bowls, smoothies and juices, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. *drools at the acai bowls*


The Brew & Tattoo

Pop into this bespoke independent tattoo and piercing coffee lounge to talk over your design, with gluten free cake & a cappuccino in hand.


So there you have it, our guide to just some of the awesome places you can explore in and around Newquay. Where will you visit?

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