Port Isaac is perhaps one of the best examples of a traditional Cornish fishing village. Those familiar with the television series ‘Doc Martin’ will instantly recognise Port Isaac as it was the fictional village of ‘Portwenn’ in the series of programmes that starred Martin Clunes.
Whilst you may not see the Doc striding down the narrow streets you’ll never-the-less enjoy the character of this charming village, dotted with whitewashed cottages squeezed into a narrow valley. In fact there is an alley named “Squeeze Belly Alley”.
Fishermen still land their catches in Port Isaac, and if you’re lucky you may see the fish being offloaded as the boats come in. Herring and pilchards were once the mainstay of the local economy and this rich harvest was cured and smoked in old fish cellars, alongside the harbour. These cellars are still in use by the fishing community retailing a wide variety of fish and seafood.
Visit Port Isaac on most Friday evenings during the summer and you are in for a real treat. The Fisherman’s Friends, a group of local men who have gained national popularity will be belting out their sea shanty songs on the harbour quay, known as the Platt.
In addition Nathan Outlaw has relocated his two Michelin star fine dining restaurant from Rock to the top of the village which will ensure a fine dining experience.
With it’s ageless appeal, the prices of property in Port Isaac have increased considerably over the past few years particularly for those wishing to purchase a second home. However, this delightful village is unlikely to lose it’s appeal particularly as the “Poldark” series will be hitting our screens before to long.
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