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Rafferty's is located in the village of St Merryn in north Cornwall, England. It is about 3.5 miles south of the fishing port of Padstow and 11 miles northeast of the coastal resort of Newquay. St Merryn includes more than 5 1/2 miles of coastline, with some of the most dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches in Cornwall.

The nearest beach to St Merryn village centre is Harlyn Bay, 1 mile to the north, and the furthest, Porthcothan, is 3.5 miles south-west. Only one of these, Booby's Bay has no beach at the highest tides, the ribs of a wrecked ship appear periodically as the sand is relocated by the sea and prevailing currents. The widest beaches at low tide are Harlyn Bay and Constantine Bay. All the bays have fine golden sands and a backdrop of either rocky cliffs or sand-dunes, and all are popular with families as well as swimmers and surfers.