The most beautiful back drop to a village, home to the best pubs, freshest catch, finest chefs and favourite swim spots, this little part of Cornwall is loved by everyone who visits. The village has been a working port for hundreds of years. Protected by the breakwater the harbour is a calming spot but equally buzzing with activity from returning fishing boats to paddleboarders and those just enjoying a glass of wine with a great view.
Food and drink
There’s no shortage of fresh fish and amazing chefs here. Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw has two restaurants in the village. There are also three local pubs and restaurants on the Michelin guide, Pilchards, St Kew Inn and St Tudy Inn. A little further and you can also find the Mariners and Dining Room in Rock which are also in the guide.
For a less formal bite the village has lots of great pubs or even better grab some fish and chips and head to the platt with a pint.
The best place to enjoy a drink in Port Isaac is the Golden Lion pub where you’ll always be lured in by the roaring fire.
Due to its history, beautiful buildings and dramatic setting Port Isaac’s streets can often be home to a film crew and the odd famous face. The village is the home of long running ITV drama Doc Martin, you can get the best view of his surgery from the cottage bedroom window.
Port Isaac has also been used in the filming of BBC’s Poldark and most recently as the set of the Fisherman’s Friends movies.
Not your average group, this local band found fame singing traditional Cornish sea shanties when they were spotted and signed up to Universal Records. Since then they’ve played around the world, at Glastonbury and even had a film made about them in 2019.
Not letting fame go to their head they still play on the platt in Port Isaac collecting money for local charities, so check when they’re playing, join the fish and chip que early and head down with some cash in your pocket to enjoy a great evening and donate to a good cause.