Just a 5-minute stroll from Harbour Reach is the picturesque harbour village of Porthleven. Here you will find an array of small independent shops, art galleries, pubs and restaurants. It is fast becoming recognised as one of Cornwall’s leading foodie destinations with award winning Michelin starred restaurants including Kota, run by Great British Menu runner up Jude Kereama, and The Harbourside Refuge run by celebrity chef Michael Caines.
The most southerly port in Britain, Porthleven Harbour was originally created as a safe haven for sea vessels travelling along the beautiful yet rugged south Cornish coast. Porthleven is renowned for its original Cornish character and charm, bustling harbour and restaurants in the square serving the daily catch. It is a pretty and unique location to soak up the Cornish lifestyle and watch the world go by. Check out our holiday cottages Porthleven today.
Porthleven pubs & restaurants
A short drive away
Porthleven's famous Ship Inn is a famous 17th century fisherman’s haunt. Overlooking the harbour, it is a great place to watch seabirds and fishermen go about their business in the sunshine, or in the winter it’s provides a great vantage point to watch the famous Porthleven storms by the large open fire. A terraced garden with ample seating gives a good vantage point to take in the village. Food is simple, well done traditional pub food – expect fish pies, steaks, mussels, crab and the catch of the day from the harbour that is literally on the doorstep!
This hidden gem prides itself on fun not fine dining. Its unique position on the harbour head gives it some of the best views in the village. The café style kiosk on the quay serves fantastic bistro-style food, including moules-frites from the smallest kitchen imaginable, but the real fun part is that diners can book to be taken out to eat on a pontoon in the harbour for a dramatic dining experience on the sea.
The brasserie-style menu, warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere make for a perfect setting at which to enjoy a chilled lunch, a relaxed dinner or even just coffee and cake. And on warmer days, you can dine al fresco on the partially covered terrace whilst watching the boats come and go.
Awarded The Rosette for Culinary Excellence by the AA in 2018, Kota Kai is an extension of the well established and highly recommended Kota Porthleven restaurant, offering a relaxed and light environment to enjoy a meal.
Owned by multi award winning chef and runner up of Great British Menu Jude Kereama, Kota Porthleven has been recognised by many eating out guides and is a consistently present name amongst the food and beverage awards.
Overlooking the harbour, Amelie’s is inspired by the sunshine of the Mediterranean and the beauty of the Cornish coast. It is the perfect place to stop and savour friendly, informal dining.
Porthleven's most relaxed family restaurant. Specializing in freshly baked pizza, grab a seat overlooking the harbour or simply order and go. They also offer a delicious brunch menu and their coffee and cakes are to die for.
The Harbour Inn Porthleven is a vibrant pub overlooking the harbour with a huge beer garden on the edge of the harbour wall making it a great place for al fresco dining or cosy pub meals featuring a choice of reimagined pub classics, fresh seafood, and a selection of mouth-watering sweet options.
With fish and shellfish landed directly on Porthleven’s harbourside, and with good things to eat and drink coming from the Cornish hinterland, Michael Caines has created a special restaurant that celebrates Cornwall and its bounty. Here he offers a flexible and family-friendly dining experience that uses the freshest, locally sourced produce and ingredients.
Reputedly one of the oldest inns in in Cornwall and set just a minute from the south west coastal path, The Victoria Inn offers award winning food, fine wines, good local ales and Cornish ciders. The menu utilises the excellent wealth of local produce available each season. Dogs and muddy boots are welcome in the bar. With a roaring fire in the winter and a south facing, enclosed terraced garden for the warmer months, this is an inn for all seasons.
The Godolphin holds a spectacular beachfront location in lovely Marazion, looking out over iconic St Michael's Mount and far out to sea. Shutters at the Godolphin is a brand new, relaxed and beautiful restaurant and bar. With new seasonal menus, great wines and local beers, Shutters opens daily at 8am for breakfast and all the way though to 11pm. The team produce dishes using the freshest of ingredients, picked, plucked and fished from Cornwall and her shores.
Ben Tunnicliffe and Matt Smith took the reins at The Packet in the Summer of 2020, setting it on course to become a new food magnet in a beautiful part of Cornwall. Ben and Matt share the same philosophy when it comes to creating an enjoyable dining experience; the best local ingredients, combined simply and instinctively, and served in a relaxed setting. With the Cornish bounty from land and sea, and effortlessly interlocking flavours, it’s no surprise that lovers of good food have The Packet in their sights!