Pubs, Inns & Taverns

If you like traditional pubs where people come to drink, chat and listen to live folk music, you’ll find plenty in Looe.

Being a Cornish holiday family hot spot, families and foodies are also well catered for and many pubs offer good value and quality food to fuel youngsters after a hard day on the beach 🙂 Couples looking for a quiet, romantic hideaway, are also spoilt for choice in Looe.

Pubs in Looe and pubs in the surrounding villages vary enormously in style and quality. Below is our useful list and pubs that have a ‘Gold Cup’ next to them actively support iLoveLooe and I urge you to try these first.

Pub, Inns & Taverns in Looe and the surrounding area

Pubs in and around Looe

If you know or visit any of these pubs, please mention iLoveLooe to them.

  1. The Admiral Boscarne
  2. The Barbican Inn
  3. The Bullers Arms
  4. The Globe Inn
  5. Harbour Moon
  6. The Jolly Sailor
  7. Ye Olde Fisherman’s Arms
  8. Ye Olde Salutation Inn
  9. The Ship Inn
  10. The Swan Inn
  11. Tom Sawyers Tavern
  12. The Jubilee Inn
  13. The Plough in Duloe

Although Looe, on the south coast of Cornwall, is thought of as a premier British holiday destination with its pretty fishing harbour and quaint back streets, fly back a few hundred years in time and the town would have been very different. Fishermen, miners and farm hands struggled to make ends meet and with rising taxes, smuggling became big business.

Tea, brandy and tobacco

Looe’s sheltered harbour was ideal for landing rum, tea, brandy, tobacco and gin and other luxury goods from Europe. As more and more people became involved, inns and taverns in Looe and its surrounding villages flourished. One such example being The Jolly Sailor Inn, West Looe, lovingly called The Jolly. This 16th century pub has been used by travellers, sailors and fishermen since 1516 and is one of the oldest pubs in England.

Today, Looe’s inns, taverns and public houses offer a wide range of facilities for visitors and locals alike. For the younger crowd, the Admiral Boscarn offers a disco, karaoke and live music, whilst the Tom Sawyer Tavern overlooking the lovely St George’s (Looe) Island, serves excellent food and even hosts weddings and other functions.

To keep up with changing times, many pubs in Looe offer high quality accommodation, especially sought after by those challenging themselves on the South West Coast Path and early booking is a must. If you like views over water, then the Harbour Moon is the place for you. It’s the only pub in Looe with a harbour panorama, ideal for enjoying a meal or bed and breakfast.

Traditional Cornish pubs

For those who like a traditional pub where people come to drink and chat with live folk music, you can’t go far wrong with the Ye Olde Fishermans Arms. No food is served but it does have big open fires and a warm welcome.

Families and foodies are also well catered for in the pubs of Looe. Being a top family hot spot, many pubs offer good value quality food to fuel youngsters after a hard day on the beach, while couples looking for that quiet, romantic hideaway, are spoilt for choice in Looe’s back streets.

Surrounding villages

The surrounding villages of Looe also offer fine dining, B&B, music and entertainment. Pelynt is well worth a visit and so is the Jubilee Inn. Everybody is welcome, including the dog, in the Jubilee’s three bars or why not take a long lunch on the beer garden patio. The menu offers some of the best pub food around and the beer is from the award winning St Austell Brewery.

No matter what pub, inn or tavern that you stay, eat or drink in, you are assured a very warm welcome with great food and drink. Cheers!