You can access the beach at any time via a smooth tarmacked lane. The lane entrance can be found on Cliff Road, hidden between the Koncept Gym building and the Great Western Hotel. Our postcode is TR7 2NE.
THERE IS NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE BEACH.
You can also visit us from the bay itself (at low tide). Please check tide times before hand. We are wedged between Towan Beach and Tolcarne Beach.
For clarity, Great Western Surf Café is located at the beach itself. Please do not get confused with our lovely neighbours at the top of the path, the Great Western Hotel.
We understand that dogs at the beach will always divide opinion. Well-behaved dogs and responsible owners are welcome at Great Western Beach 365 days a year. With a few conditions:
Whilst we would like to continue to provide a welcoming environment for our four-legged friends, please be aware that disregard for our policies may force a full dog ban at our beach. This is something that we would not like to pursue but must be constantly reviewed.
Dogs are allowed in our bar and restaurant areas but must be on leads at all times.
Unfortunately not. There are a number of public car parks located near Great Western. There are no parking facilities on the beach and vehicle access is strictly prohibited.
We do not offer storage facilities for bicycles.
We cannot permit beach fires due to too many incidents where people think it OK to burn pallets and pieces of wood embedded with nails. Well, the wood burns, the nails don’t. So what’s left on the beach in the morning?! Sharp nails, open to being stepped on by bare feet.
Bins are provided for customers of our food and drink outlets (from April-October). Beach visitors are asked to take their own rubbish home with them. Please reuse and recycle as much as you can.
We offer toilet facilities for all beach users. Our toilets are open from 10am until 6pm during the summer months. Please note that we close our toilets in the winter.
Our beach has RNLI lifeguard cover from May until September. For lifeguard season dates, weather, and tide times, and to donate to this amazing charity, you can visit the RNLI website.
Should you wish to consider Great Western for a wedding reception, special birthday celebration, office function, or kids beach party, please get in touch; we would love to help! Please contact us.
You certainly can. You can hire a range of surfboards, wetsuits, kayaks, and SUPs from Great Western Surf Hire.
Yes. Book a lesson through the awesome NQY Surf School.
Great Western has an awesome new beach bar, The Surf Shack. The Surf Shack is located on the beach with a lovely beer garden wondrously located on the sand itself.
Please note we are licensed for you to enjoy a beer in our beer garden area only. You cannot take an alcoholic drink elsewhere on our beach.
The Surf Shack also offers ice-cream, hot drinks, snack, and hot pasties. All subject to availability, of course.
All bookings are made online at https://www.greatwesternbeach.co.uk/book/.
You are asked to read our T&Cs before booking.
We have introduced a online booking system to allow you edit or cancel your advance booking online without the need of a phone call or email. Simply go to your booking confirmation email, issued at the time of booking, and follow the links to Edit or Cancel.
Please note that bookings are non-amendable with less than 24 hours notice. A no-show charge will apply if your booking is not honoured.
For anything not answered on our FAQs or in our T&Cs, please feel free to contact us.
We are. But please think twice about bringing your dog if he’s a little yappy fella and there’s a potential risk to the enjoyment of other diners. All dogs must be on leads.
You can! Please just make a note in the Comments field when booking. Please note that we cannot guarantee the provision of a highchair.
Sadly not. We take booking for inside tables only to guarantee you a table in the event of wet weather.
Our system is set up to take a booking for a maximum of 10 people. Please contact us for a group booking enquiry.
You are welcome to contact us with your ETA, but please bear in mind that we may not be able to hold your table if we have a waiting list.
When making a booking we do stress the importance of being on time for a booking. As we highlight in our T&Cs, traffic in Newquay/en-route to Newquay can be dreadful. Please please allow extra time if travelling to us by car. We hold tables for 15 minutes only. We are a small restaurant and delays and late arrivals do have an impact on subsequent service times and the experience of other diners.
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