Need some Ginspiration?

Need a little ginspiration? Then you’re in the right place. Our Surf Bar might be smaller than you might imagine given the size of our restaurant, but when it comes to gin we punch well above our weight with over 55 gins and counting on our shelves. Here’s a quick tour:

House gin? Gotta be Cornish

Let’s get this out of the way right away: we don’t serve Gordon’s. Not that there is anything wrong with Gordon’s, but this is Cornwall and we prefer our house gin to be, well, Cornish.

And in our case, that gin is Tarquin’s Dry. Or Caspyn. Or Holly’s. Or Curio Wild Coast. Or Trevethan… Let’s just say you can pick from any number of award-winning Cornish gins  while you’re here.

Try the world’s best gins

Talking of award-winning gins, we always have the world’s best gins here.

Dingle Original Gin

On taking over, that initial honour went to the delectable all-conquering floral masterpiece, Hernö Old Tom, but in 2019 a new Irish tipple swept the board: Dingle Original. Not only is Dingle Original the world’s best gin in 2019 though, it’s also world’s best Irish gin and world’s best London dry gin. Not bad. Just make sure you try it as the distillery suggest with a big slice of fresh orange and a smattering of juniper berries.

Yes, we also have the world’s best gins in other categories too, like Makar Cherry, world’s best flavoured gin. Plus you can find the UK’s best contemporary gin here, Mason’s Dry – Yorkshire Tea Edition. Yep, we did say a gin flavoured with Yorkshire tea.

Fruity gins, cake flavoured gins, and gins that taste like sweets

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz

If you love gin, it won’t have escaped your notice that gins now come in almost every flavour imaginable. And as a restaurant, it hasn’t escaped our notice that it’s kinda fun to pair dishes – especially our homemade desserts – with some of these lip-smackingly flavoured gins.

By all means, give one of our best sellers a go: Tarquin’s Rhubarb & Raspberry, Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle, Violetta Shimmering Parma Violet, 3 Pugs Candyfloss, Solway Raspberry Ripple, Bakewell Cherry & Almond, Sharish Blue Magic, Persian Blue Marshmallow, Malfy Con Arancia and That Boutique-y Spit-Roasted Pineapple.

But while you’re here, go off the beaten track a bit too: Buss No.509 Persian Peach is a lovely limited edition peach gin; Dr Eamers’ Emporium Love Hearts really does taste exactly like Love Heart sweets; Pixie Tears cucumber and elderflower gin is much, much more than a glittering gimmick; as is the exquisite CollaGin Rose; Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin is the perfect gin to pair with our Fowey mussels; Zymurgorium Marmalade of Manchester gin is so good you could have it for breakfast; and Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz is an Australian colour changing gin/wine combo that you will never forget.

Guest gins from around the world

If – and it’s a BIG IF – you think you’ve tried every one of our gins, be sure to ask what the latest guest gin in town is. Our guest gins are typically rare, one off, small or limited batch editions, and when they’re gone, well, they’re gone for good.

Colonsay Wild Thyme Gin

Right now, look out for Colonsay Wild Thyme 909. As the name suggests, there are only 909 bottles of it – ours is bottle no. 654 – and it’s lovingly hand-made on the remote Hebridean island of Colonsay by husband and wife team, Finlay and Eileen Geekie. As I know you will be as intrigued by the bottle as we were, the enchanting maiden is called ALVA, a very special Brownie with supernatural powers, a Gruagach (groo-ah-gak).

Lastly, expect more bang for your buck

Just in case you’re wondering, our gin measures are 35ML, double 70ML. I know, given that we’re a destination place, you’d think we’d serve the more common measures of 25 and 50ML. But it’s always been different here. So if you’re driving Miss Daisy home, make sure you know what you’re buying.

Still stuck? Don’t worry. Pick up our handy – and growing – gin guide when you drop by.