What makes Crantock holidays so appealing? Let’s start with its beautiful beach and the peaceful Gannel Estuary lying just alongside. If you’re after a coastal holiday with loads of activities on offer, then this is the place for it.

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A local’s guide to Crantock Holidays…

Things to do in Crantock

The coastal village of Crantock which lies just 5 miles from the bustling resort of Newquay, is itself a peaceful and charming spot with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Here visitors can enjoy a more traditionally Cornish way of life with local attractions including art and craft shops, the Cosy Nook Tea Gardens/Restaurant, two village pubs and the impressive Norman Church of St. Carantoc.

Guests visiting the village can restock on supplies at the Village Stores which also has an instore bakery for those essential Cornish pasties, or pop down to the owners beach-based Army truck named Cargo Coffee for a hot bevvy, ice cream, cake or pastry, either sweet or savoury.

Much of the area is owned by the National Trust, including the Round Garden in the centre of the village and the delightful little cove known as Polly Joke. With the South West Coast Path right on the doorstep as well as beautiful surrounding countryside, it’s the perfect place for those who love to be outdoors, appealing to walkers, cyclists, surfers and nature-lovers.

Newquay along with its clutch of beaches like Fistral, Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne and Great Western lie within just a few minutes drive away so if you fancy dipping your toe into its buzzing surf culture before retreating back to the quiet of Crantock, you can do so with ease.

Beaches in Crantock

Crantock Beach

An incredibly beautiful beach with a stunning backdrop of sand dunes and crags – this is what holidays in Crantock are all about! The water here is superb, and the fine sands seemingly endless. The Gannel Estuary flows into the sea alongside so actually it’s a blissful place for younger children to paddle in the shallows. It’s a popular spot for surfing, with consistent waves suitable for surfers of all levels and there are Big Green Surf School nearby offers surf lessons as well as board, wetsuit and SUP hire so if you’re keen to take to the waves or the river, they’ve got you covered.

Holywell Beach (8 minutes’ drive)

This is a beautiful big sandy beach which is backed by dunes – perfect for pottering along the sand, paddling the waves or hunting for shells. The waves here are great for surfing or bodyboarding, and the Hollywell Bay School of Surf which is based on the beach, makes it easy for anyone who wants to give the sport a try to take to the waves. There’s a great little seasonal café/ beach bar (Gull Rocks) right on the sand too where you can grab snacks and drinks. It’s a popular spot with locals and tourists alike, especially on sunny days.

Polly Joke (30 minute walk or 5 minute drive)

Tucked between Holywell Bay and Crantock Beach, Polly Joke is surrounded by nature and has a stunningly beautiful unspoiled atmosphere. This beach is dog-friendly and features golden sands, rocky outcrops, and crystal-clear waters, making it popular for swimming, picnicking, and exploring the coastal landscape. The cove can be reached along a fairly narrow path, through a series of gates from the nearby National Trust car park. It’s a lovely spot for a walk along the coast path or for a more chilled-out day at the beach.

Restaurants in Crantock

Of course, your Crantock holiday home is equipped with everything you need to rustle up those home-cooked meals for you and the family but let’s face it, holidays are all about relaxation. If you’d like to take it easy and let someone else do the hard work, you’ll be pleased to know that there are loads of fantastic eateries for you to choose from.

Fern Pit Café (seasonal)
On the eastern bank of the Gannel Estuary (Newquay side) right by the foot ferry, the Fern Pit Café’s beautiful terraced tea gardens, overlook Crantock Beach and the Gannel Estuary. Known for its delicious crab sandwiches and seafood platters, this café is a popular choice for visitors looking to enjoy a meal by the water.

The Bowgie Inn
Set right on the edge of Crantock Beach, The Bowgie Inn offers stunning views of the coast along with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This traditional pub serves up classic British pub fare alongside local seafood dishes, all complemented by a selection of fine ales and wines.

Jam Jar Kitchen (seasonal)
Café by Day, Pizzeria by night. This fab little set up in the heart of Crantock is a popular pitstop, serving homemade bakes, sandwiches and smoothies alongside Cornwall’s finest produce. The pizzas are authentic and wood-fired with some interesting topping available like Cornish Brie & Fig, BBQ Pulled Pork and the fiery Nduja, along with your staples of Margherita and Pepperoni.

C-Bay Café
Overlooking Crantock Beach, C-Bay Café is a chic spot to grab a coffee or light meal while enjoying wide views of the sea. The café offers a range of freshly baked goods, sandwiches, and salads, as well as a selection of hot and cold beverages.

C-Bay Bar & Bistro
The neighbouring C-Bay Bar & Bistro offers a more refined dining experience with a focus on fresh seafood and modern British cuisine. Tuck into dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, complemented by a carefully curated wine list and stunning sea views.

The Cornishman Inn
Right in the village, The Cornishman Inn is a traditional pub where the menu includes hearty meals made with locally sourced ingredients. Look forward to all the classics like burgers, steaks, and fish and chips, all served in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Old Albion Inn
This is the epitome of an old English pub and is centuries in the making. Popular with locals, it has a terrific outside area where live music acts regularly play. The menu featuring classic pub dishes and a selection of real ales, it’s a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

The Smugglers Den Inn
Situated in the nearby village of Cubert, The Smugglers Den Inn is a historic pub with an inviting atmosphere and a large beer garden. The menu features a range of pub classics and seasonal dishes, all made with locally sourced ingredients, as well as a selection of real ales and fine wines.

Rick Stein Fistral
This well-known spot is right on the beach, with awesome views of Fistral Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Owned by the famous chef, the menu has everything from classic fish and chips to fresh shellfish platters. This is the ideal place to chill after hitting the waves or soaking up the sun.


  • What are holidays in Crantock like?

    Sun, sand and surf however there are coastal walks a-plenty if you fancy taking in the wider scenery. The village itself is utterly charming and has a laid-back feel. There are pretty thatched coastal cottages and a handful of local shops and friendly pubs. Plus, it’s a great base for exploring nearby attractions like Newquay and the rugged North Cornwall coastline. Fancy hitting the waves with a surfing session? How about a gentle paddle up the river to take in the stunning scenes of nature? Whether you’re into outdoor adventures or just want a chilled-out seaside getaway, Crantock is an excellent choice.

  • How do I get from Crantock to Newquay?

    There’s a footbridge across the Gannel that can be used to reach the Newquay side of the estuary, however at high tide (approximately 3 hours either side of low water) this disappears. During the season (May to September), a ferry boat operates from the Boathouse across the estuary and provides access between Crantock Beach and East Pentire headland. By car it’s just a 10 minute drive from Crantock village to Newquay town centre.

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