We visited Porthleven on a silky smooth night this week to celebrate Charles’s birthday with supper in one of the fish restaurants that cluster around the harbour there. This ancient harbour town is only about fifteen to twenty minutes drive from us at Ednovean farm and perfect for an evening out for us not to far away but a real change of scenery!
Porthleven is quickly turning into a foodie destination, with some great fish restaurants clustered around the harbour, making it a just perfect for promenades well into the evening. I included several of the chic owner run restaurants around the harbour, in my “Little Black Book” for our Bed and Breakfast guest to scroll though and always love to add a nice photo or two or a new recommendation, if I get a chance to visit them too!
There are a couple of atmospheric pubs along the harbour walls, a range of “sea-sidey shops” that are such fun to browse and ice cream parlours as the sea laps to and through tossing the fishing boats and sailing boat and who can forget YouTube footage of the Institute on the end of the harbour forever immortalised in the magnificent storms of 2014 a few years ago!
Supper at the Square
We ate at The Square again, which is owner run, always a plus point to me with local produce on her brassiere type menu and as always we were not disappointed. We were lucky enough to have window seat this time, looking out across the harbour, which was just perfect for watching the world go by; young girls draped in towels from the local sport of harbour jumping, families milling around, couples arm in arm and finally, as night-time, fell, the lights that spangled the harbour to brighten the dusk.
Harbour lights shining across the water to our table
The Rick Stein Empire was beautiful presented ad represented too as you would expect on an idyllic Cornish harbour, with blue lights rippling across the water towards us. It was a real object lesson for local business in presentation and I stopped to take a snap of the frontage as we walked back to the car. Ah I wish I could design a sign a beautiful for us – well maybe without the fish as we’re a B&B!