About Port Isaac

Picturesque Port Isaac is Port Wenn in the popular TV series Doc Martin, entirely filmed on location here and the surrounding district. As you have seen during the recent series Port Isaac retains its charm despite its popularity.


Port Isaac is a quintessential Cornish fishing village with narrow streets and a buzzing atmosphere, the catch is landed daily by the shellfish fleet and by evening you may sample that same catch in one of the many port side restaurants. The best crab sandwich in the village is to be found at http://www.freshfromthesea.co.uk/, on warm summer nights they offer lobster dinners in the courtyard, yum! Our favourite place to eat is Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen!  http://www.outlaws.co.uk/fishkitchen  The best service in town from our very own Megan Rees (yes we are biased!).

The village is ideally located as a base to visit some of the most popular Cornish locations, Padstow, Rock, Polzeath and Tintagel. The Cornish Coastal path runs through the village, and for the more adventurous there are Surfing, http://www.wavehunters.co.uk/   Kayaking lessons available at  Port Gaverne,& Port Quin from local farmer brothers Mark and Sam Williams: http://www.cornishcoastadventures.com/coasteering.html

Rainy days can be spent in one of the many grand houses open to the public locally, Lanhydrock is National Trust owned http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-lanhydrock but privately owned Pencarrow House near Bodmin http://www.pencarrow.co.uk/homepage.asp and Prideaux Place above Padstow are equally fascinating.

The Port Gaverne Hotel is a favourite locals' haunt where you might hear many a yarn of the one that got away over a pint of locally brewed Sharp’s ale. Port Gaverne is a safe bathing cove with lovely views from its headland The Maine. Pictures in the bar of the hotel show how the slate from Delabole Quarry was loaded from the unique slate quay for transport onto great sailing ships.

 Port Isaac is recently famous as the home of The Fisherman’s Friends; our own Shanty singers who have serenaded festival audiences all over Britain. http://www.thefishermansfriends.com/ . Book A Doc Martin tour at the pasty shop: May Contain Nuts and you will meet one of them!

In all Port Isaac is perfect for a fun family sea side holiday, and Chy Kembro offers the best in self-catering accommodation to enjoy all Cornwall has to offer! See you soon x