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8 cool seaside pubs with comfortable rooms in the UK

Pubs with rooms are popular across the UK for their local charm and unique locations, but those beside the seaside are especially spectacular

The great British seaside is famous around the world for its windswept beaches, secluded rocky coves and tasty traditional foods. At many of the UK’s most popular seaside destinations, there is an abundance of pubs with rooms to choose from if you prefer a more personal stay by the sea.

Many of the best seaside pubs with rooms across the UK have retained character features and offer a warm welcome at any time of the year. Of course, being pubs, they also promise tasty food and a vast array of local beers and spirits to sample.

Escape to the Cornish coast in this award-winning seaside pub with rooms

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Lovers of the British seaside cannot go wrong with a stay at this traditional Cornish pub located in the quaint fishing village of Charlestown. At the Rashleigh Arms, the harbour is just a short walk away, as is the filming location for the BBC series “Poldark” and the bustling town of St. Austell.

The 18 inviting rooms in the property are split across the main building – a historic whitewashed inn, and a more private Georgian townhouse named T’Gallant. Each of the dog-friendly rooms are decorated in soothing neutral tones and contemporary furnishings. The pub itself is decorated like a modern bistro, with an open fire and dark oak tables. There is a seating area outside of the property where you can enjoy a pint or two surrounded by nature.

Rashleigh Arms

St Austell
8.7 Excellent (209 reviews)

Spend the night on Devon's historic seaside esplanade

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The Dukes Seaside Inn is a mainstay of Sidmouth’s popular esplanade, appreciated by locals and visitors alike who come back every year to relive past memories. The seaside pub with rooms is located on the picturesque Jurassic Coast, the perfect place to pitch a striped deckchair and enjoy the sea views as the wind blows through your hair.

Each of the 13 en-suite rooms has an individual character of their own, with contemporary amenities and modern touches. Many of the rooms boast sweeping views across Lyme Bay from the large bay windows, just a few steps from the pub’s front door. The pub on the ground floor prides itself on stocking the best local and artisanal beers and spirits, and the onsite restaurant makes use of the finest local ingredients sourced as close to the inn as possible.

Dukes

Sidmouth
8.9 Excellent (119 reviews)

Experience life on the remote Scottish isle of Orkney

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The remote island of Orkney may just be one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. Located on the harbour front in the settlement of Stromness, The Ferry Inn is a traditional seaside pub with rooms that has been a must-visit spot for over 30 years. The pub has featured in many of the best accommodation guides on Scotland. Inside the pub, atmospheric dark oak wall panels and a regular roster of folk band performances make this a unique place to spend the night to experience the unique culture of the Scottish islands.

The 20 rooms are spread across the main building and two stone townhouses just steps away – Harbourside House and Miller’s House. All rooms have been decorated simply but comfortably with white walls and fine furnishings. An all-you-can-eat full Scottish cooked breakfast is included in all bookings. Many of the rooms enjoy views of the ferry terminal and windswept Orkney coast.

The Ferry Inn

Stromness
8.4 Very good (139 reviews)

Fall asleep at Penzance's oldest pub with rooms

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The Kings Arms is believed to be the oldest pub in the village of Paul, a short drive from the bustling Cornish city of Penzance. The pub building was formerly six individual cottages that housed the builders who constructed the Paul church tower in the 15th century and has been a pub for hundreds of years. The building even witnessed an invasion by the Spanish Armada who came ashore in this remote hideaway.

The pub has two on-site bars serving an array of local St. Austell Brewery craft ales and over 160 gins. Fresh crab sandwiches and tasty locally-caught fish dishes are also offered throughout the day.

There are just four rooms in this seaside pub, each decorated in checked patterns, greys and whites, and large windows overlooking the sea and countryside. The rooms are ultra-modern in style, despite the history of the building, without sacrificing the heritage.

Kings Arms

Penzance
8.6 Excellent (11 reviews)

Savour history in a characterful 16th century coaching inn

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For those who like experiential stays when they travel, The Bugle Coaching Inn in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, is the ideal choice. The former coaching inn has been welcoming weary sailors from the nearby harbour since the 1500s. The exterior of the building is full of character, with traditional stone walls and contrasting black beams. The pub inside is no less impressive.

Each of the seven en-suite rooms in this seaside pub with rooms enjoys views over Yarmouth market square and includes a hearty full English breakfast. The rooms are each tastefully decorated, with neutral wall coverings and sympathetic furnishings for a historic property like this.

The bar and restaurant downstairs is decorated in exposed oak beams, florals, and a large outdoor seating area often hosts a variety of live bands. On a windy wintry day, the large open fireplace is a welcome escape from the typical British weather outside.

The Bugle Coaching Inn

Yarmouth
8.1 Very good (584 reviews)

Taste the flavours of Norfolk at The Orange Tree

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Norfolk’s The Orange Tree is an acclaimed dining pub with rooms close to the seaside in Hunstanton. Each guest rooms has been individually decorated and is located either in the Manor Lodge around a quiet courtyard or in the restored historic bakery annex. All offer an experience like no other, combining countryside seclusion and fresh seaside air.

The stand-out feature of this seaside pub with rooms is its award- winning gourmet culinary offering in the minimalist, on-site restaurant. The owners emphasize locally-sourced ingredients in their dishes, with fresh fish caught along the Norfolk coast taking pride of place. The pub even has a so-called “treat menu” especially for young diners so that they don’t feel left out whilst the parents are enjoying their food.

The Orange Tree

Top rated
Hunstanton
8.6 Excellent (848 reviews)

Understand Welsh history in Anglesey's oldest seaside pub with rooms

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The Bull in Beaumaris, on the northern Welsh island of Anglesey, is one of the best preserved historic buildings on the island. The five-star pub with rooms, award-winning restaurant and lively bar is believed to be over 400 years old, located on the picturesque southeast coast of Anglesey.

The decor inside the rooms is very modernist in design but character features have been retained. Oak ceiling beams and sympathetic furniture abound. Next to the pub building is The Townhouse, a more exclusive 17th century extension to The Bull with larger rooms and more flamboyant decor for guests looking for something even more memorable.

In this seaside pub, the walls are covered in historic photos showcasing the life of the property and the development of Anglesey over the decades. An open log fire and antique artefacts make this the heart of the Beaumaris community, especially when locals meet to enjoy a local pint and artisanal burger together over a game of darts.

The Bull Beaumaris

Beaumaris
8.4 Very good (244 reviews)

Enjoy Scottish culture at its most authentic

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Nestled amidst endless countryside, but close enough to the rugged and windswept Aberdeenshire seaside to feel the sea breeze, The Cock and Bull is a historic pub with rooms in a quaint cottage attached to the main building. The six en-suite rooms each include plush beds and sofas, modernist lighting and tasteful wall art.

The bar in the main pub building is like no other. Heavy dark leather sofas take pride of place in front of a crackling wood fire, antlers hang from wood panelled walls, and a large selection of beers, wines and spirits – including many Scottish whiskies, of course – wait to be sampled behind the bar.

The Cock and Bull serves a traditional Sunday carvery each week and an eclectic international menu to choose from throughout the week, including spicy bean burgers, Korean spiced cauliflower, Scotch beef burgers with freshly cooked chips, and haggis and whisky sauce.

The Cock & Bull

Aberdeen
8.5 Excellent (56 reviews)