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Portloe – Pilchards, Port and Coastal Paths

Untouched, undeveloped and bursting with clandestine antiquity and charm. Once famous for its pilchards Portloe, just by Veryan Bay, is now a destination for those looking for beguiling beauty and proper Cornish fodder. Park in the Church car park and prepare to feel a little like Gulliver on his travels.

Perfect For:
Coastal walking,
Crab & Lobster
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Roseland Peninsula
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The Beach & Harbour

The harbour, though once a furiously busy fishing harbour, pilchards mainly due to the sheltered nature of the ancient cove, is now much quiter on the trade front and specialises mainly in crab and lobster. At low tide Portloe houses a shingle beach where one who is determined might go winkling.

Foodie Fodder

Though I would recommend haranguing the local fishermen on the harbour for their fresh lobster and crab, The Ship Inn does a mean glass of port – perfect after a long coastal walk. They serve proper pub grub at lunch time and dinner time. The Lugger is also a place to go for food, a 17th century inn with a colourful heritage. One of the old Innkeepers, Black Dunstan was hanged in the 1890’s for smuggling – presumably French Brandy…  Mouth-watering Portloe crab and charming wines can be found as well a piscatorial lover’s treasure trove of a menu. The Lugger also has a spa, so certainly worth a little visit for some much deserved ‘me’ time. Opposite the church is a tiny post office – which not only deals in Her Maj’s postal service – but also serves cream teas and other basic necessities.

Coastal paths

The Roseland Peninsula is the place in Cornwall to go coastal walking. Starting at Portloe you can choose to go left along to Porthholland and Caerhays Castle or right to Portscatho via Nare head and Pendower beach. Both are perfect for dog walking and the beaches are dog friendly.

Where to Stay

Portloe is a fabulous base to start from. The Blue House is the place to stay for self-catering. Situated right in the heart of the cove overlooking the harbour and out over to St Anthony’s Head and being somewhat a Farrow & Ball haven.

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  1. Simon

    The Ship Inn. We booked a family room as a one night stop over whilst walking part of the coastal path. Booked in plenty of time (a month ahead), spoke to 3 different people in process and confirmed with a deposit cheque – notated on back with name, date of stay AND details of party, ALSO stated Family Room.
    When we arrived we had walked for seven and a half hours, most of it in pouring rain and were desperate for a bath/shower (especially our 12 year old). We were told that there had been “some confusion” – not on our part. In short they said that we had only “allegedly” booked a family room and that they had been trying to get hold of us all day (they had been informed that we were on the coastal path and in fact had rung us once, at home, at 1445 on that day) because they had only got a twin room for us and had noticed that we had booked a table for three. The landlord made a big deal (in front of other clientelle) stating that if we had booked a family room they would have expected a bigger deposit (I had been told only to send a deposit if I wanted to and that £35 would be enough. I had also received a phone call confirming receipt and that all was fine.) He then made a fuss over ringing someone to try and squeeze a single bed into the twin room, other clientelle became involved stating that they would move, the landlord declined this offer and then broke the news that instead of £70 as quoted verbally and on their website, it would in fact be £105! We had to accept this news as we were wet with nowhere else to stay, no public transport and our car seven and half hours away. We were then left sat whilst he walked in and out of the pub several times with no further information (we didn’t really know at this point whether or not they were being successful in getting the extra bed in to the room.) Eventually we were shown to our room ….. how surprised were we to find that it was the family room (recognisable from the photos on their website). There had been no squeezing beds in to a twin room or moving anyone around to other rooms – we were the only family staying there that night. How strange! We can only surmise that perhaps, and we don’t know this for sure, but just perhaps we had been misquoted the price of the family room (although it doesn’t quote £105 but £70 per room on their website? It seems that to them, the only way of rectifying this was to cause the fuss as we arrived in order to up the price – we were after all in an extremely vulnerable position. However, I would have been much happier with the truth, anyone can make a mistake and anyway £30-£35 per head is probably the going rate. How daft, because without this the rest of the stay would have been just fine. The room was well presented and clean, the food was good pub food and reasonably priced, albeit on checking the bill there were two extra drinks on there as they had assumed (incorrectly) we had had a drink whilst waiting for the room to be sorted!. The landlord took our wet gear and dried it in his cellar and the breakfast was good. So, what more could we have asked for, except for a warm welcome and a little honesty on arrival!

    Jun 08, 2012 @ 12:40 pm