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What restaurants are open on Christmas day in Cornwall?

Fancy having your potatoes roasted for you at Christmas and skipping on the washing up?

Here is a guide to some Cornish eateries who open their doors on Christmas day.

Get your 2023 booking in early and see what pubs are open for a festive pint in Cornwall this year…

  1. St Ives
  2. Falmouth
  3. Penzance
  4. Truro
  5. St Austell
  6. Newquay
  7. Tintagel
  8. Bodmin
  9. Redruth
  10. Helston
  11. Self Catering

St Ives

The Lifeboat Inn

Bring all the family along, including the dog, for festive Christmas pint on the harbour and be merry.

Relax on the comfy indoor sofas or sit down and dine with the famous view of fishing boats.

Make the most of a cosy Christmas at the Lifeboat Inn.

The Sloop

Arrive and mingle with the St Ives locals for a couple of hours to get in the Christmas spirit with a Cornish bitter in one hand and a mince pie in the other.

A traditional pub that will give you a warm and festive welcome for drinks.

Choose from all 40 restaurants in St Ives


The Working Boat Pub

Along with its hotel sister restaurant, The Waters Edge, this popular, dog-friendly pub opens on Christmas Day.

From a single pint to a three-course festive filler, enjoy the views from Greenbank harbour with views from Flushing to The Roseland.

Chain Locker

A charming 16th Century inn and pub that has recently finished renovation.

It sits proudly on the quayside watching the boats come and go.

Enjoy a festive wine or book to dine in their new restaurant for Christmas lunch.

Woman and man in restaurant behind condensation in glass


The Godolphin Arms, Mounts Bay

If you want to spend Christmas Day overlooking the island fortress of St Michael’s Mount and her man-made causeway of granite setts, the Godolphin Arms is the place for you.

Book your Christmas lunch table at this family-owned beachside restaurant or head to the Beach Bar for a festive tipple.

The Ship Inn, Mousehole

Be charmed on Christmas Day by this quaint pub right on the harbour in the village of Mousehole. Enjoy the famous, atmospheric Christmas lights glinting over the water alongside a cracker or two with the family.


County Arms Pub

You will receive a hearty and warm welcome on Christmas day at this Truro based pub who has stunning valley views in its backyard.

Pull a cracker with the family over an award-winning ale or a glass or two of mulled wine.

Woman and man romantically holding hands over Christmas dinner

St Austell

Rashleigh Arms

There is nothing like a Christmas Day lunch and a pint in the old, beautiful fishing village of Charlestown.

Explore the set of Poldark and experience a day of festive cheer with freshly prepared food.

Rashleigh Arms serves a great range of Cornish cider, perfect for a festive tipple.


Fort Inn

If you live near Newquay then choose to spend Christmas day in a welcoming pub by the sea that overlooks Towan Beach with some mulled wine and proper Cornish food.

Catering for all members of the family, from toddlers to grandparents, dine with the extended family at Fort Inn.

Woman laying cutlery for restaurant Christmas dinner


Irina’s Restaurant at Camelot Castle

If you like a little history served with your Christmas Lunch, then feast like a king whilst enjoying panoramic views over the legendary medieval Tintagel Castle.

Weather permitting, The Camelot Castle Hotel terrace is also available for an al-fresco festive beverage to toast Christmas Day.


The Red Lion Inn

This local in St Kew has been awarded the certificate of excellence on Tripadvisor five years in a row.

Boasting a cosy beer garden lit by fairy lights at night and a menu with everyone’s favourites, this friendly, down to earth pub will is the perfect winter escape on Christmas day.

Hole in the Wall

Technically this old quirky pub isn’t open on Christmas day, however, Hole in the Wall is ‘the place’ to be on Christmas Eve.

Prized for its friendly staff and quality beer, the small pub is packed the night before Christmas with plenty of festive cheer, laughter and flowing drinks.

Its suggested you arrive early for seats!

Places Open on Christmas Day


Fox and Hounds

If you are heading out for a Christmas cycle on Christmas day then pop into this picture postcard pub on the coast to coast Mineral Tramways cycle trail for a warm welcome and festive mince pie and mulled wine.


The May Tree

Vicki and the team invite you to make yourself at home on Christmas Day as they serve your two or three-course dinner full of seasonal flavour along with your favourite wine or cask ale.

Henlys Bar & Restaurant

In the heart of Helston, find Henlys Bar & Restaurant.

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a swish experience, with festive cocktails aplenty and a delicious Christmas menu to enjoy.

Your two or three-course dinner will not disappoint with a talented Chef and fresh Cornish ingredients.

Self Catering at Christmas

Cornish Food Box Company

Staying in and cooking for yourself this Christmas? Whether staying in one of our cottages or at home, you can arrange for The Cornish Food Box Company to bring the Christmas Dinner to you!

Christmas Dinner Champagne

Wherever you decide to dine over the Christmas festivities, there’s a range of cosy pubs in Cornwall to enjoy over the festive seaosn.

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Adapted from original post by Tony Townsend.