Great Western Beach – the surf school, cafe and Great Western pub/restaurant are all beachside at Newquay’s lovely secluded beach
Just across the road from the Newquay train station you will find Great Western Beach. The beach is accessed by a slip road. At the foot of the slip road is the a small shop selling ice creams and light snacks, a toilet block and a few seats in a Victorian era viewing area. Reef Surf School are situated next to the beach in the same premises as the lifeguard lookout. During the summer months Reef Surf School set up volleyball, sunloungers and host a barbeque. Once you’re down on Great Western Beach there really is no need to leave until the sun goes down.
Thanks to the lifeguard service it is a perfectly safe beach for surfers, bodyboarders and swimmers. You’ll find that on a good day there is more than enough swell to satisfy the learner to intermediate surfer. On a low tide one can access Towan Beach to the west and Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze Beaches to the east.
Overlooking the beach is the Great Western Hotel. The Hotel was built around the same time as the railways arrived in Newquay and takes it’s name from the rail service that connects Newquay with the rest of the UK. The Hotel has been refubished in recent years and has a great sized garden, with kids outdoor play area, outdoor bar and eating areas. Inside the large bar area is a great place to get a meal either before or after your day on the beach.