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Top Hot Chocolate Spots in Cornwall for a Winter Warmer

Mug of hot chocolate

Once you’ve stepped outside in Cornwall’s wild, wintery wonderland, there’s nothing better than coming in from the cold, peeling off your mitts and sipping a steaming hot chocolate in a cosy café. So, here are our favourite hot chocolate spots in Cornwall where you can feel the season’s glow and warm up with a hot brew after a brisk beach walk or bracing dip.

In Padstow

Cherry Trees, Padstow

Whether you’ve hopped off the ferry from Rock, been stomping along the beaches and coast path, or been browsing the tangle of waterside boutiques, follow the waft of baking to this charming little coffee house beside Padstow harbour. Whether you opt for a hot chocolate or a traditional Cornish cream tea, it’s a bustling little spot to duck out of the cold in the heart of town.
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Greens of Padstow

Hot Chocolate at Greens Of Padstow

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If you want to savour the sea views while sipping your steaming drink, but don’t want to swerve far from town, this family-friendly, dog-friendly haven is the place to take a seat. While it’s more of a restaurant than a café, during winter it’s open all day and there’s usually space to slink in for a hot chocolate piled high with marshmallows, while staring out to the estuary, the Doom Bar and the twinkling quayside.
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Near Padstow

Surfside Polzeath

With its Tiki twist, wooden panels and over 100 varieties of rum behind the bar, you may well feel like you’re coming aboard a pirate ship when you step straight off the sand into this uber-cool beach bar. Wave-edge music sessions, local food and rum aside, it’s also a great place to hunker from the onshores with a hot chocolate and a front-row view of the surf.
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Strong Adolfos, near Wadebridge

Hot chocolate at Strong Adolfos

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If you’re stepping out on the wild surf beaches and wave-hewn headlands of Cornwall’s North Coast in winter, you’ll no doubt be travelling along the Atlantic Highway as you hop between pearly bays. In which case, make a pit-stop at this trendy roadside café, where hot chocolates and Swedish-style sweet treats are served alongside lashings of surf and motorcycle culture.
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North Cornwall

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

Hot chocolate at Watergate Bay

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Sandy feet, sandy paws and salty locks are all part of the attire when you pile straight off the wave-lashed Watergate Bay into The Beach Hut. And when the Extreme Hot Chocolate comes towered with whipped cream, marshmallows, hundreds and thousands and extra-large buttons, it’s no surprise that the it’s a longtime favourite in the bay. Only now it’s under stiff competition against the Oreo hot chocolate, white chocolate, chai hot chocolate and Baileys hot chocolate. And where the toppings vary, the stupendous sea views come with every variety.
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Blue Bar, Porthtowan

In this legendary venue tucked on the edge of Porthtowan Beach, bag a window booth lashed by salt spray and facing the wild, surf-lashed scenery. Whether you’ve dipped in the sea pool, braved the waves or explored the beach and cliffs under foot, this shabby-chic beach bar welcomes you in with divine hot chocolates and brownies, as well as killer burgers and nachos. Dogs welcome, too.
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Elsewhere in Cornwall

Gylly Beach Café, Falmouth

festive hot chocolate at Gylly Beach Cafe

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With patio heaters and the full blast of the winter sun seeping through its south-facing window panels, it’s not just the signature hot chocolate piled high with cream and sprinkles that lures us to this stylish café on a winter’s day. With an onsite bakery and sparkling sea views, it’s a favourite for the year-round sea swimming community, dog walkers and anyones else seeking the beauty of winter at the beach.
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Poldhu Beach Café, near Mullion

Nuding the golden runway of Poldhu Cove, this buzzing little beach café serves up Poldhutastic hot chocolates 363 days of the year. So whether you’ve been riding the waves with the surf school next door, hunting for treasure on nearby Dollar Cove, or creating sand sculptures on the beach, it’s the perfect pit-stop for winter beach days.
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