The beaches of Cornwall have been identified as among the best in Europe - beating anything that Spain, Italy and France have to offer.Millions of families have given up on the idea of a foreign holiday this year, largely because of the cost of living squeeze on household budgets.There are trained lifeguards through the summer and a restaurant and cafe facilities right on the beach, together with beach huts and other facilities.Nearby is the sheltered Porthminster beach, which boasts almost half a mile of golden sands with calm sea conditions ideal for families." data-medium-file="https://beertalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/img_1663.jpg? w=470 470w, https://beertalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/img_1663.jpg? w=940 940w, https://beertalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/img_1663.jpg? w=150 150w, https://beertalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/img_1663.jpg? w=300 300w, https://beertalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/img_1663.jpg? w=768 768w" sizes="(max-width: 470px) 100vw, 470px" / This cobbled beer terrace at the front of the wonderful old 14th century Sloop Inn overlooking St Ives harbour is a fantastic spot to sip on a pint of Doom Bar whilst watching the sunset over the sea as the boats come in at the end of the day.It’s also a great location to people watch, as the lively harbour front is a popular place for a stroll with its many bars and restaurants. w=470" class="size-full wp-image-357" title="St Ives harbour, the view from the Sloop" src="https://beertalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/img_1673.jpg?ACCOMMODATION FEATURES: Large kitchen/diner with exposed beams, the beams were original ships beam and likely to have come from either a wreck or was locally salvaged at the time of the cottages' original construction.
Trip Advisor spokesman Emma O'Boyle said: 'Vast numbers of Brits jet off to traditional Mediterranean beaches every year, yet a British beach resort has out-classed all its Spanish, French and Italian counterparts in the awards.
'These awards recognise the best beach destinations in Britain and Europe as decided by millions of travellers.'The bathing waters off the beaches around St Ives are among the cleanest in Europe, following a £100million clean-up campaign.
St Ives itself has the award-winning Porthmeor beach, with its fine golden sand and surf school.
My Favourite Beer Gardens I was reading an article in the Observer recently about great beer gardens. w=470" class="size-full wp-image-355 alignleft" title="The Sloop Inn, St Ives, facing the harbour" src="https://beertalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/img_1663.jpg?
This gave me the inspiration to create a list of my particular favourites, so after a bit of thought and some serious photography (you can’t talk about beer gardens without a few photos to show how good they are, can you? This is an ongoing project and is by no means the finished article – there are always new pubs and gardens to discover – so I will keep adding to it as I find more. Cornwall The Sloop Inn, St Ives, with back the the harbour. w=300" data-large-file="https://beertalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/img_1663.jpg? w=470" alt="The Sloop Inn, St Ives" srcset="https://beertalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/img_1663.jpg?