Located in a secluded cove just around the corner from Port Issac, this is the perfect place to stop off for a home cooked meal either in the bar or restaurant. The well-stocked bar offers a wide range of real ale and all the food is freshly prepared.
Due to its sheltered nature this narrow cove is very safe for children offering a small sandy beach with rock pools to explore at low tide. In a peaceful beach-front village around the headland of Port Isaac, the beach is overlooked by high cliffs on either side with amenities close to hand.
Pretty and safe beach for children
We spent a lovely day on the beach at Port Gaverne - exploring rockpools at high tide and paddling in the safe shallow sandy waters at low tide. Finished off with a beach barbeque and grilled some fresh mackerel landed from a friendly fisherman's boat. Perfect.
A lovely seven mile circular walk which takes you past some of the memorable features of the popular Doc Martin series including Bert's Cafe, the school and the Doc's house. The walk follows some coastal path and is challenging in places. Park in the National Trust car park and follow the details on the Web site. Port Isaac has some lovely cafes, perfect for a mid-walk cream tea!
This sweet harbour village is a near neighbour of the better-known Port Isaac; it has just as much classic Cornish character yet remains relatively free of crowds in the summer. At low tide a small sandy beach is revealed along with rockpools that trap countless crabs, shrimps and tiny fish, providing hours of entertainment for children. Away from the beach, the whitewashed Port Gaverne Hotel tempts visitors with local seafood cooked to perfection.
You might well recognise some of Port Isaac’s winding lanes and its harbour; the port has long been a star of both the big and small screens, most notably in ‘Doc Martin’ and ‘Saving Grace’. This is Cornwall at its most quaint with streets so steep and narrow that in many places cars simply don’t fit. For a great meal of fresh fish landed at Port Isaac’s harbour, the Edge Restaurant is a brilliant choice and somehow those panoramic views out to sea from the tables add to the flavour.
Just like it is on the telly!!
Port Isaac is truey lovely to visit whether you are aware of the Doc Martin show or not, but if you love the show a visit here is a must!
Doc Martin Filming in Port Isaac
They are presently filming a new series of Doc Martin in Port Isaac so keep your eyes open for Martin Clunes and the rest of the cast and crew. And when you get home it's great fun to spot the scenes you saw being filmed!
Feeling artistic? Try your hand at some pottery, still life or life drawing classes with potter Jon Whitten. Jon, whose work can be found in collections in Europe, Japan, New Zealand and the US, specialises in contemporary, wheel thrown pottery, a large collection of which is on display here, and is available to buy.
If the weather is not so good!
I should have said whether the weather is good or bad an interesting couple of hours learning the art of pottery with your host Jon. Can even take your works of art (or otherwise!) back home with you. Thank you, Jon.
A beautifully restored traditional whitewashed inn in an outstanding location.
We had a fantastic meal on our last night at Port Gaverne. The staff were very obliging and helpful, as we were a large party we were able to have the upstairs lounge with a balcony and lovely views over the harbour. We will definitely eat here again if we are in the area.
Fantastic old fashioned pub next to the beach
The Port Gaverne is a lovely traditional inn with a great atmosphere and just across the road from Port Gaverne beach. The food is very nice - hearty and home cooked.
This 15th Century village pub was once home to the masons and craftsmen who constructed the nearby church of St James the Great. Today, you will find a welcoming bar and restaurant, with blazing fire in the winter, and a large beer garden for those balmy Cornish summer evenings. Look out for the resident ghost.
Best pub in the arae
Excellent pub food. Best in the area. Good real ale and great pub food consistent performance and very popular so need to book in season.
idyllic country pub
A warm welcome and helpful staff. The food was great - the haddock kedgeree was worth the trip alone.
Great country pub
Great atmosphere and food. Nice seating inside and outdoor summer barbeque.
Beautiful and Atmospheric
Picturesque 15th Century village pub serving beer from wooden barrels and excellent homecooked food prepared to order by hosts Paul Ripley and Sarah Allen. One of the most beautiful and atmospheric pubs in Cornwall.
- Mr and Mrs Whitten
Owners Calum and Tracey Greenhalgh live locally and Calum takes his own boat out daily to catch crab and lobster. You can buy locally caught fish here and visit for a crab sandwich or lobster salad in their sunny courtyard (or inside if wet). Recommended by Nathan Outlaw in the Times newspaper as one of the top 5 places for fish in Cornwall!
Fresh from the Sea
If you want a fresh tasty lunch and don't want to pay restaurant prices then visit Fresh from the sea. The friendly staff freshly prepare a range of foods and we enjoyed (on two visits) lobster,crab and prawn sandwiches. We ate there on our first visit, to dodge the rain and even had a couple of glasses of wine to compliment the food. Very informal and child friendly.
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