Here’s a pub for your ‘to visit’ list during a Cornwall holiday – Driftwood Spars made it into the top 5 of The Times’ ’50 Best Pubs in the Country’ list in 2011, and things are just as impressive today. This traditional pub is situated right on the beautiful Trevaunance cove, a popular pebbly beach found beneath St Agnes.
Something you’ll soon learn in Cornwall is that there’s rarely an unusual name without a story behind it, and this one’s no different. The name of the pub comes from the spars – or beams – that were taken from local shipwrecks and used to support the building when it was constructed in the 1650s. Originally a warehouse used by the tin mining industry, there’s more history throughout the building than you’ll have time to learn in one visit – but the character and the views make it a real find.
Dogs are welcome everywhere except in the pub’s restaurant area, and thanks to regular events throughout the year Driftwood Spars has a place in the heart of the community. From regular live music to the annual fireworks display beside the beach, there’s often something special to take part in so check what’s on before your visit. Oh, and one more thing – there’s free Wi-Fi.