This small pub sits on the corner of Porthleven harbour. It only has about 12/15 tables and only about 8 of them can be used for eating food. The rest are too low so if you wish to eat here, arrive early.
The food is good and the beer excellent. Don't expect to get chips here as they don't serve them. All home cooked food from seafood to steak, with vegetables or salad and boiled, baked or sauted potatoes.
Favorite Dish: The steak is delicious!
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Porthleven is not always beset by storms. Indeed, when the sun comes out, the place is transformed from a grey, bedraggled village to a bright vibrant one with cheerful people and a few excellent shops.
Apart from the ice cream parlour, there are two other shops and a pub that I would recommend. Along the quay, you will find a bakery. Everything is home made on the premises and I really can recommend their sandwiches and filled rolls. (Try the leopard rolls - they are something special!) Buy one of these in the morning before you go out exploring the countryside to eat during the day and you won’t feel hungry again until the evening. The other is the Cornish pasty shop. This is a small shop set back as you go up the hill, away from harbour. Again, every thing is made on the premises and the taste of their pasties is fantastic.
Go early, as all the locals use this shop and their stock sells out fast.
The pub (The Ship - click here for details) is on the opposite side to the quay. You can't mistake it, it is a white building with black beams and is right on the corner overlooking the entrance to the harbour and can be seen in the background of the next photo. The food is cooked fresh from order and the ingredients are locally produced. You have to get in directly the pub opens as it fills up fast! Be warned this pub does not open all day so it is advisable to find out its opening times before making plans to visit it.
Porthleven is my favourite village in the whole of Cornwall. It is a small fishing village with a harbour that well protects the fishing fleet from the winter storms. The weather is certainly exhilarating when there is a storm, as you can see from the picture.
It is certainly not advisable to walk along the quay or the pier during a storm. People have been swept off the pier to their deaths by the tremendous waves that abound in this area. To give you an idea of how strong the winter storms can be, we were talking to the waitress of the superb ice cream parlour and coffee shop that can be found along the quay. She told us that one storm wave had picked up a stone from the bottom of the harbour that was as large as a car and hurled it through the front window! The distance from where the stone came from and the shop must have been a good 100ft ((30mtr), so you can guess the strength of the storm! As we were quite near the front window watching a storm at the time, we hastily backed away!!
Fondest memory: Porthleven Website
Porthleven has a beach but it is more often covered by the sea than not. In 1912, after parts of the Porthleven sands had been laid bare by a gale, the beach became known as “the gold mine” because of the large numbers of Spanish coins picked up there. Keep meaning to go and have a look around myself, you never know…..
There are locals that love to surf and most days, if there is a swell on the sea, you will see them strutting their stuff out on the high seas. How they clamber over the rocks to get to the sea to play at their sport is beyond me. They must certainly love what they do. If you are lucky, you may also see some seals or a pod of dolphins.