…and there can be few better places to be than way down west. Two of Cornwall’s flagship hotels, The Alverton in Truro and its sister venue The Greenbank in Falmouth, have upped their food and drink game over the summer period, with several events popping up to add an extra buzz.  

The Greenbank dates back to at least 1640 and is thought to be Falmouth’s oldest maritime hotel. Illustrious guests include Florence Nightingale (whose name in the guest book is on display in reception) and Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind In The Willows.  

As such, it seems only right that a new cocktail series in the Water’s Edge bar should be inspired by the National Maritime Museum’s Monsters of the Deep exhibition. Expert mixologist Holly Bennett has curated and crafted 12 delectable tipples including What Lies Beneath – a gin martini-style cocktail inspired by Cornish sea monster Morgawr, and featuring Tarquin’s Seadog Navy gin and Knightor Rosso vermouth; and Song of the Sea, a fresh and citrusy drink perfect for warm days on the terrace – like a mermaid, beautiful but dangerous.  

Cocktails at The Greenbank, Falmouth

The last Friday of every month will be made even more special by the Sundowner Sessions, featuring talented local musicians performing in the lounge. From 7pm until 10pm, sip your tipple(s) of choice while relaxing to dreamy acoustic tunes from Ross Galt (June 24), Joe Hurworth (July 29) and Mog (August 26). These events are not ticketed so arrive early to avoid disappointment.  

At The Working Boat pub, Sunday night is quiz night, with plenty of prizes (including a generous bar tab) to be won from 7.30pm. Entry is free to enter but donations are invited; almost £2,000 has been raised so far, for charities including Treliske Neonatal unit and Macmillan Cancer Support.  

The annual Dragon Boat Race launches from The Working Boat’s private quay on July 9, and the pub will also provide a stage for the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival (June 17 to 19) and live music from Jonah’s Lift and Falmouth Soul Sensation during Falmouth Week (August 5 to 14). 

The Alverton offers the ultimate inner city elegance. In summer, it’s all about the terrace, which comes into its own in the warmer months and is a lovely spot to savour lighter seasonal dishes.  

The Alverton’s Summer Sessions brought to you by Offshore, Sharps’s flagship pilsner lager. Elevate your Thursday evening with live acoustic music on the sun-drenched terrace, sipping Offshore or cocktails (two for £10) while chefs rustle up tempting terrace tapas.  

Performers include Rue (June 16), Ash Harding (July 14), Sam Richardson (July 28), Miranda Brook (August 11) and Tom Baker (August 25), all performing three sets from 5.30pm onwards. The season will come to a grand finale with singer-songwriter and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Josh Curnow in The Great Hall on September 8. 

The Summer Sessions are ticketed events – the £17 entry fee (grand finale £22) includes a reserved table on the terrace and a pint of Offshore or a cocktail. If there’s a chance of rain, sessions will take place in The Great Hall with its perfect acoustics and capacious dance floor.  

Afternoon teas are served Monday to Saturday from noon to 5pm (Sunday 3pm to 5pm). Look out for a new vegan addition to the menu, featuring all the usual delights but with a twist, including vegan cheese and scones with jam and oat cream (must be booked 24 hours in advance). 

Be warned: these highly desirable locations get busy in summer, so book ahead to ensure you don’t miss out.