Discover Porthleven 2018

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GET ACTIVE Fun activities on your stay

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Hello and welcome to the 2018 edition of Discover Porthleven. A visit to Porthleven is always memorable, and there is a reason that people return to us year after year. Whether that’s because of our picturesque harbour, breathtaking coastline and beautiful walks, or our annual Food Festival which draws in thousands each year. Perhaps it’s the delicious dishes and award-winning restaurants, or enjoying a browse in our unique independent shops. Quite simply, there is always a reason to visit and always a reason to come back. You’ll find plenty to read about in this year's guide, including featured dishes from our talented chefs (page 13), some great ideas for staying active here (page 15) and you’ll get to meet Porthleven’s Harbour Master too (page 27). We hope this guide gives you a great basis to explore our town and discover your own reasons to love Porthleven, just as much as the people who live and work here!

05. My Porthleven 06. Five of our favourite things to do 09. Porthleven Food Festival 11. The taste of the town 13. Chef's signature dishes 15. Get active in Porthleven 21. A refreshing Porthleven 23. Historical facts 24. Map of Porthleven

Published by Event Partnership Publishing Limited Krowji, West Park, Redruth, TR15 3AJ 01209 808118 - - Editorial: Bethany Harrington Copy Editor: Lorraine Williams Map Design: Melanie Chadwick Advertising: Eleanor Mason Cover image by Carla Regler Photography & Gallery Visit the gallery at 1 Chapel Terrace, Porthleven

27. Meet the Harbour Master 29: Spotlight on: Porthleven Town Band 32. Shopping in Porthleven 37. Porthleven's hidden gem the Salt Cellar Workshops 43. # discoverporthleven - some of our favourite captures from 2017 DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN 3



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Award winning fishmonger

The finest locally caught fish and shellfish We also stock a wide range of other local Cornish produce including Camel Valley Wines, Halzephron sauces and preserves. Cornish Seaweed, Cornish Seasalt, Kernow Chocolate, Furniss Biscuits, local ales and ciders. Open Tues - Fri 9am - 4pm & Sat 9am - 1pm




We ask local business owners what Porthleven means to them

Sam Sheffield-Dunstan AMELIES RESTAURANT

ADRIAN & LEIGH SANTI THE ATLANTIC INN "We took one look at the Atlantic Inn's location, spoke to a few of the wonderful local people and decided this was the place to be. Nothing at all has changed, in fact this place is so wonderful we are never going to leave. We believe the people of Porthleven are the making of this very special community"

JOHN CRAYFORD QUAYSIDE FISH "Apart from being a beautiful part of the country to live in with so much on the doorstep, we get to meet some amazing people visiting us from all over the country who really appreciate what we have to offer down here, especially our delicious locally caught fish, shellfish and of course our award winning smoked fish"

"It’s the place where I put down roots with my business — but prior to that The Ship was the place where I would spend a cosy lunch and a pint with my Dad when he was still with us - so it’s very special. I love taking my dog Flo for walks along the cliffs and foraging to bring fresh ingredients back to the restaurant. I also love being by the sea and watching the fishing boats come back with the day’s catch (and my daughter jump off the harbour!) What better place could there be to work?"

CARLA REGLER - CARLA REGLER PHOTOGRAPHY & Gallery "Waking up to the sounds of the sea, the changing weather and of course the seagulls, ….. that’s what Porthleven means to me. Getting soaked by a wave and withstanding the wind, …..that’s what Porthleven means to me. Changing my life, creating new friends, a home, a business, maybe two or three…. that’s what Porthleven means to me. New inspirations, new creations, new challenges everyday…. that’s what Porthleven means to me. But would I change it, no not at all….. because Porthleven is home to me!" DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN 5


Porthleven is a small town with a big heart, and these simple ideas will ensure you get to experience it in a unique way that you will never forget. Crowds flocked to Porthleven back in October 2017 and were treated to a wonderful show by Storm Ophelia

PAMPER YOURSELF Holidays should be all about unwinding and nurturing yourself, so why not enjoy a relaxing massage, tailored to your specific needs, in the You Beauty treatment room in the heart of Porthleven? Get a 1 hour massage for the price of 45 minutes if you mention "Discover Porthleven" upon booking (conditions apply).

Photo: Carla Regler Photography

STORM WATCHING While you may be praying for sunshine on your visit, a Porthleven storm could actually turn into the highlight of your stay. Watch as the waves crash against the cliffs and sweep over the pier. Feel exhilarated when the sea spray catches in the wind and covers you in a damp, salty mist. During the fun, always be sure to keep a safe distance as storms by the coast can be very unpredictable!

A BREW WITH A VIEW A good quality cup of tea or coffee always goes down a storm, and Porthleven is the perfect setting for a relaxing sip while watching the boats bobbing in the harbour. If you want a great brew with a fantastic view, just visit one of our cafes for a real treat.

Homemade scones at The Harbour View Cafe. Note: Jam first, then the cream!

Nothing beats a Cornish cream tea - and most of our lovely cafes and restaurants offer freshly baked scones, Cornish clotted cream and yummy strawberry jam which combine to make an absolute treat! Wash it down with a cup of tea and you can’t do any better. Just make sure it’s done in the proper Cornish way... jam first, then cream! Wonderful brews and equally amazing views at Origins Harbour Head Cafe

WATCH THE SUNSET OVER THE PIER As the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon and casts its beautiful colours across the sea, take a deep breath and relax. A spectacular sunset is always a sight to behold, but a sunset over Porthleven pier is a memory to carry with you forever. 6 DISCOVER DISCOVERPORTHLEVEN PORTHLEVEN


Harbour Head, Porthleven

SPECIALITY COFFEE Mon - Sun 0900 to 1700 April - October

The Customs House Gallery Commercial Road, Porthleven

Art Gallery

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Tel: 01326 569365

Twisted Currant Tea Room Traditional tea room serving breakfasts, lunches cream teas and cakes. All cakes, scones and meals made fresh on the premises every day. Open every day from 9am to 5pm. Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options always available. Find us on Fore Street, 25 yards from the corner of the harbour just up from Boots the Chemist.

01326 565999 10 Fore Street, Porthleven TR13 9HJ

Square Restaurant open for coffee and cake all day Lunch 12 - 2 and Dinner 6 - 9

The Square Deli & Ice Cream Emporium opens from 11 each day Making all its ice cream on the premises in the village also selling take away light lunches and salads, cheeses, charcuterie, olives and wine to take home to enjoy and Cornish foodie gifts.

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A 3-day FEAST

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year from the 20th-22nd April, come and join in this well established event and enjoy the music, food, drink and most importantly, fun! The Festival brings around 30,000 people together in and around our stunning harbour port. Pop down to enjoy the family field, chef’s theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night - and all round entertainment for all! There’s no entrance fee and the daytime activities are mostly free - with tickets only needed for the After Dark Parties.

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For the grown ups

Want to immerse yourself in the full 3-day festival experience, or stay late for one of the After Dark parties? Then pitch up at the Festival campsite where there’s a host of camping and glamping options including tent, campervan and motorhome pitches and Hobbit Huts complete with lights, locks, mirrors and electric sockets.

Whether you want to watch a Michelin-starred chef cook up a storm or boogie to the bands on the Lime Kiln Stage (programmed in association with BBC Music Introducing in Cornwall) you’ll find plenty to do during the day. Buy a wristband and stay late at the After Dark Parties, featuring bands to sway to and bands to jive to, including Go Go Skank, The Mosquitoes, Soul Stroke, Daytoner Live, Rosie Crow and Flats & Sharps.

For the kids

You’ll find circus skills, crafts, theatre and tons of family-friendly entertainment in the Family Field. Sticky Fingers Children’s workshops will be running art and craft workshops and Airfish Circus will be showing off and sharing their skills in the Jellyfish Big Top Marquee. Drop in for ten minutes or stay all day. You can take away your creations and all the workshops are free!

Antony Worrall Thompson, Patron of the festival, demonstrates his cooking skills

Most of the daytime events are free but you can grab yourself a better seat in the Chef’s Theatre, access our specially constructed bridge and get entry to all three night-time parties by getting yourself a Weekend Gourmet Ticket for £35.

Sleep over

Theme: Anti Plastic. Fantastic!

This year’s festival theme is Anti Plastic. Fantastic! That means the organisers will be doing whatever they can to minimise single-use plastic at the Festival and sharing that message with festivalgoers across the site. As well as a Green Charter that suppliers and stall holders will have to sign up to when they book a spot, the team will also be introducing non-plastic cups at the festival bars and encouraging local businesses to find alternatives to plastic. There’ll be large waste artworks to help raise awareness of the plastic problem, including the 30ft Surfer’s Against Sewage SAS Warship made entirely from plastic waste collected around the UK. Visit for more details and to purchase tickets. DISCOVER DISCOVERPORTHLEVEN PORTHLEVEN 9

Seadrift is a stylish, contemporary kitchen cafĂŠ located within the picturesque harbour of Porthleven, just up Fore Street, on the beautiful Cornish coast. Our food is at the heart of what we offer with Cornish caught fish & seafood a speciality, as well as steaks, coffee & cakes! Open Wednesday evenings, Thursday, Friday & Saturday for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Coffee & cakes served all day

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Gallery open Wednesday to Saturday in Porthleven

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Dont miss breakfast at Seadrift on Fore Street

The Taste of the Town

Fine dining Cornish style at Kota

Porthleven is the perfect place to share memories, and enjoying some great food and drink while you visit makes them even more special.

Unlike many small towns in Cornwall, most of our restaurants and cafes stay open all year round meaning you won’t struggle to find a great place to eat. Imagine relaxing with a large glass of wine in summer while dining al fresco on a terrace overlooking the harbour. Perhaps you are visiting in winter, and a large hot chocolate while you shelter inside from our exhilarating storms sounds more appealing? Whenever you choose to visit we know you won’t be disappointed. Warm up with a hot chocolate from The Hideaway Dine al fresco with beautiful views on the terrace at The Square

Visit the Twisted Currant for delicious cake

You’ll find the informal and the formal; the dogfriendly and the fine-dining; the ice cream counters and the Cornish cream teas. Anything that your heart desires can be found hidden in our streets and around our magnificent harbour. You may even find street food on the harbour head when the Porthleven Harbour Market runs from March to September! Cornwall is well-known for its local produce, and we make the best of it here. From cheese, meat, fish, dairy and much more, our establishments incorporate the best Cornish produce on their menus - so your food tastes great as well as supporting local food and farming businesses. We are also home to the popular Porthleven Food & Music Festival which is held every April, and celebrates the best of Cornish food and drink. Visit to find out more about our restaurants and cafes.

Woodfired pizza, Wednesday - Saturday evenings at The Corner Deli


Award-winning seafood and Sunday roasts. Amazing views from the terrace. Families and dogs very welcome.

Our magnificent chef's are always cooking up a storm here in Porthleven. A selection of them have hand picked a dish from their menu that will see you rushing to book a table!




Signature: Porthleven Smoked Haddock Award winning Porthleven smoked haddock from Quayside Fish, grilled quickly and served with a peppery rocket, tomato and lemon mayonnaise salad. Simple for a summers evening whilst listening to the sea!

Signature: Porthleven Fish Dish Catch of the day. Fresh off the boats. Whatever the nets pull in we simply season lightly and cook in our wood-fired oven for amazing flavour. Then we serve it up with seasonal accompaniments. Simply fabulous food.



Bryok Williams

Jude Kereama

Signature: Tempura of tiger prawns with crispy Primrose Herd pork belly Spicy cucumber and sweet pepper salsa flavored with zingy ginger and coriander, sweet chilli dressing, crispy pork crackling and coriander shoots. An abundance of flavours that match together perfectly.

Signature: Cornish Spring Lamb Tender Cornish spring lamb, miso braised shoulder, rump & sweetbreads with wild garlic, black olives and nasturtiums. This is pure fine dining perfection in Porthleven.







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A selection of food and drinks at affordable prices Fore Street, Porthleven


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GETIN PORTHLEVEN ACTIVE Porthleven is a small town with big opportunities for keeping active on holiday. With so many places to explore around the town, we’ve got some energetic ideas for getting out on foot, by bicycle or out to sea during your stay.


Although the South West Coast Path isn’t the best terrain for cycling, there are plenty of routes you can find around Porthleven which are great for biking holidays. As well as being good for walking, Penrose estate is popular with cyclists. If you want an easy ride, Porthleven to Helston is flat and good for those with little legs. For more of a challenge, take the route from Porthleven right around Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest natural freshwater lake. Routes around Loe Pool are graded and colour coded by difficulty to help you choose which route is best for you. If you fancy hiring bikes while you’re here, contact Porthleven Cycle Hire. 01326 561101


If you are holidaying in Cornwall then trying your hand at some form of watersports is a must. From stand up paddleboarding (SUP) to surfing, canoeing to kayaking, there are plenty of options in and around Porthleven. It can be dangerous to go it alone with seafaring activities, so choosing a business with qualified instructors means you can ensure your safety and, just as importantly, make sure you have fun! Contact Vertical Blue Adventures for a day out on the ocean that you won’t forget. 07551 074488


If you are staying here then you are lucky enough to have the South West Coast Path right on your doorstep, and Porthleven is the perfect starting point for a trek following the shoreline. With Porthleven as your starting point, a nice easy route leads you to Poldhu Cove towards the Lizard; and a more challenging route in the opposite direction takes you to Rinsey Cove, where you can spot some magnificent engine houses on the way. Penrose Walks, owned by the National Trust, is also a very popular route. Taking you round the front grounds of the grand Penrose Estate, you will find an old bath house and cows grazing in the fields. From Penrose Estate, you can carry on round Loe Pool back along the cliff to Porthleven or walk to Porthleven’s neighbouring town of Helston. DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN 15

Out of the Blue Free House Mill Lane


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Tel 01326 573 881 Open 12:00 to 24:00 7 days a week. Spingo Ales locally brewed, traditional recipe - Real Ales and Real Cider. Pub Garden, dog friendly, camping on site, sports TV live entertainment. Smoking area. Home to Porthleven Museum’s pictorial display. View Porthleven’s history whilst enjoying a relaxing drink

Unit 1, St Elvans Courtyard Porthleven, Cornwall TR13 9FB

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Four Crows is an exciting, eclectic mix of original paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and many other hand-crafted gifts and cards by a variety of talented artists 3 Commercial Road, Harbour Side, Porthleven Tel 01326 618 689



Sitting in an idyllic position by Porthleven harbour, here at Nauti we have plenty to offer visitors all day long and all year round. We pride ourselves on being a place where everyone is welcome. Whether you and the kids stop for an ice cream after a day at the beach (sandy feet welcome!) or if you pop in for a cream tea after a walk round the harbour with the dog, there is always a reason to visit. If you fancy a lazy morning in bed, you don’t have to worry about missing breakfast in Porthleven, as we serve up an extensive and delicious brunch menu from 9am - 3pm. From a full ‘Cornish’ breakfast to fresh waffles, there is plenty to choose from to satisfy all tastes and requirements; including vegan and gluten free options.

Moving through to the afternoon, Nauti is the ideal place to stop for a light lunch or tea and cake as you sit by the harbour and watch the world go by. We are also well known for our extensive Roskillys Cornish ice cream selection - and you will definitely be spoiled for choice! We also use many other Cornish suppliers to create our menu including meat from Dales Butchers in Helston, fish from Kynance Cornish Crab and fresh bread from Baker Tom. As well as our cafe, we have a pizza restaurant next door - Go Nauti. There is nothing better than watching the Porthleven sunset, especially if you can enjoy it at the same time as munching on a freshly baked pizza on our terrace. Go Nauti opens again from Easter 2018. Hidden in the depths of the popular Penrose estate, you’ll also find our sister cafe The Stables, serving hot drinks, cakes and snacks. It’s the perfect place to refuel after a day spent walking around Loe pool or the South West Coast Path. NAUTI BUT ICE Commercial Road, Porthleven Cafe: 01326 573747 Pizza: 01326 558894 DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN 17

Feel at home at

Harbour View Situated at Breageside between the 17th century Ship Inn and the historic Lime-kiln, we meet the new owner of Porthleven's Harbour View Café, Penny, who took over in early December 2017.

Homemade Fresh crab soup cakes & SCONES & sandwiches

Being the new guys in town, Penny reiterates the importance of ensuring they always listen to what their customers want. “We are always looking for feedback from locals and visitors alike. It’s important for us to know that we are doing our best to make every visit here an enjoyable one, and if there is something we can do a little differently then we will always listen and take it on board.” Harbour View also boasts an outdoor terrace, meaning you can enjoy a Moomaid of Zennor ice cream in the summer as you watch the world go by, or shelter inside as you warm yourself with Penny’s famous crab soup. Even more exciting, the crab sandwich served with a glass of Prosecco has been kept on from the previous owners menu. So next time you take a stroll around the harbour why not pop in and say hello? HARBOUR VIEW CAFÉ Mount Pleasant Road, Porthleven 07811 129501


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Breakfast & lunch

Keep an eye out for Stumpy the one footed Seagull, the mascot at Harbour View!

After a short break in the catering industry, Penny has returned to something she knows and loves, and what better place to start a new business venture than in Porthleven. “Having been away for the last five years, I needed to come 'home' to Cornwall and back doing my own thing" says Penny "so when this place came up for sale I knew I had to go for it”. The menu focuses on simple, home cooked food - and that’s the ethos that Penny, along with employees Jo and Kizzy, would like to bring to Harbour View. “We want people to feel at home here. We don’t try to be too extravagant and we want it to be a place where everyone feels welcome - whether you want to bring children or dogs! We even have a café mascot - Stumpy the one footed seagull!”.

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Fudge Quality Handmade confectionery from Cornwall Also selling Trenance Luxury Cornish Chocolate, Luxury Nougat, Locally made Jams & Preserves The Fudge Kiosk, The Square, Porthleven

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Kellys 15 delicious ice cream flavours “MR WHIPPY” Fresh ground coffees Need direction or information about Porthleven? Come and ask us! Kellys Kiosk, The Square, Harbour Side Porthleven



Contemporary hair and beauty salon in Porthleven offering an extensive range of treatments. Empowering women to be the best they can be. Book online at call 01326 563909 e-mail

You Beauty, 2 Fore Street, Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall TR13 9HJ

Porthlevens own hand spun yarn exclusively here Unique Pisky hats Spinning and other lessons available to book Handcrafted silver and glass jewellery Ethically sourced clothing

07843 375008 Find us on Porthleven Harbour Head

WE ALSO SELL Pastries, Coffee and Homemade Cake deliCious artisan antiPasti CornisH beers, wines and sPirits oPen from 10am

CornisH besPoke gift HamPers tHe PerfeCt gift from Cornwall!

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A refreshing incentive

It’s a sad fact that plastic waste, particularly in Cornwall, has an impact on our environment - and not a good one. We are choking the sea with plastic, killing seabirds, fish and mammals in their natural habitat by simply not being more mindful of the way we dispose of our waste. When a group of volunteers in items such as straws, take-away Porthleven took part in an cups, water bottles and bags with annual harbour clean last more viable alternatives. This year, they were shocked could include bamboo coffee by the amount of plastic cups, reusable water bottles waste they found on the and tote bags. Plastic water beach and around the Many outlets offer a bottles can safely harbour, and decided it discount on drinks if you be refilled up to 6 was time to take action. bring your own cup, and times. (Don’t throw And so began the Refresh you can refill your rethem away after Porthleven incentive, a way useable water bottles for one use!) of changing our bad habits free where you see the blue to live in a cleaner, safer and Refill Cornwall signs on doors less wasteful town. and windows. Working with Porthleven pubs, For more information, visit Refresh food outlets, festival organisers, Porthleven on Facebook and accommodation providers, business Instagram @myrefreshporthleven, owners, retailers and any supporters and of Porthleven, they aim to replace

HOW CAN I HELP? You can purchase Refresh Porthleven cups, bottles and bags at the following outlets with some offering fantastic incentives! Seadrift The Corner Deli The Hideaway Quayside Fish Porthleven Holiday Cottages The Atlantic Inn Nauti But Ice DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN 21


CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR 01326 560243

Harbour Side Shop The Square, Harbour side, Porthleven 01326 562786 Harbour side shop for all your beach goods including wetsuits, fishing tackle and crab lines as well as gifts & mementos. Find us opposite Kelly’s Kiosk



is a very special shop throughout the year We work with Cornish Artisans and Designer companies from around the UK, to source unusual and gorgeous gifts and the perfect accessories for your home.

10 Fore Street, Porthleven TR13 9HJ Facebook: Stargazey

Porthleven in 1893

Porthleven in 1911 showing fashion of the day , many fishing boats and the Bickford Smith Ins titute

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Our little town is steeped in history, which you can feel and see even from a short walk around the harbour. Take a look at the following facts to find out more about the secrets of our town - and don’t forget to visit Out of The Blue just by the Football Club for a display of Porthleven through the years.

orthleven used to be divided between Sithney and P Breage - before it became its own Parish in 1844.

I n the 18th century the name Port Elvan appears before verbally morphing into Porthleven some time later.

he town made a living through fishing, farming T and mining during the 18th century.

There is a history of smuggling in Porthleven.

etween 1806 and 1810 eleven ships were B wrecked between Mullion and Porthleven, where 200 lives were lost.

orthleven’s prosperity used to depend on a P successful pilchard season. One night in 1919, there was a record catch of 162,000 between three boats!

Porthleven in the 1890s - boat building was the town's main trade

alt tax made it difficult for the poorer S inhabitants of Porthleven to preserve pilchards that kept them from starvation during the winter. Salt tax was later abolished in 1825.

he houses along Bay View Terrace were once T known as ‘Buenos Aires’. These were named after a ship that was wrecked nearby, and its timbers were used to construct the buildings.

orthleven harbour and most of the buildings P around it date from 1825.

I n the population survey of 1811, Porthleven had 63 dwellings mainly inhabited by fisherman and miners, with a population of 220. In 1879 the population had grown to 1259. Today it is around 3200.

orthleven Coastguard Station was built in 1866 P and housed the Rocket Lifesaving Apparatus designed by Henry Trengrouse. This equipment saved 104 lives over 60 years.

he Bickford Smith Institute was built in 1884 T and is 70ft tall. It cost around £2000 to build, which today would translate into about £220,000. It is now home to the local snooker club and Porthleven Town Council offices.

any years ago when Porthleven had no telephones M or radios, news from around the world was brought to Porthleven by an occasional traveller.

oat building was a popular trade in the 1800s. B Kitto & Sons were the principal boat builders in Porthleven. DISCOVER DISCOVERPORTHLEVEN PORTHLEVEN 23

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MASTER Porthleven’s harbour is arguably the focal point of our famous town, but what goes on behind the scenes? We meet Phil Ward, the man behind the day to day running of the harbour, to find out what being Harbour Master really involves. How long have you been Harbour Master? I’ve been the Harbour Master since 2002. I joined Porthleven Harbour and Dock Company in 1995 and helped with general harbour maintenance until the previous Harbour Master retired, and I took over. What does the role involve? The role involves making sure the harbour is kept up to date and maintained. Porthleven is well known for its storms so it’s vital that the baulk (harbour defence gate) is properly reinforced. I also give the go ahead to any boats that wish to come and go from the harbour, which is important as it’s my job to assess the safety of the conditions out to sea.

What does the role mean to you? It means a lot to me. I grew up in a fishing family and would always be out catching mackerel as a youngster. I was a fisherman myself in the late 70’s and 80’s and never thought that one day I would be in charge of the harbour myself! How has the role changed over the years? The role is completely different than when I took it on due to so many new rules and regulations. There is a lot of red tape surrounding the fishing industry at the moment making it difficult for local fishermen to make a living. From bans on certain fish to limits on days allowed out at sea, there is a lot to be adhered to. Years ago it was easy to make a living as a fisherman but unfortunately all these changes have meant that the industry is struggling. What does Porthleven mean to you? Four generations of my family have lived in Porthleven so it means a great deal to me. It’s a very special place to live and work and I’m proud to call it my home.


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Follow our Town Trail and peel back the layers of history, celebrating the heritage of Porthleven and sharing her stories. Our dedicated smart phone app is free to download via The Porthleven Town Trail. The Town Trail Booklet is available for ÂŁ1 in various shops in Porthleven including: Custom House Gallery, Nauti-but-Ice, the Harbour and Dock Office, The Brew House and Lindy Lou.

Spotlight on...

PORTHLEVEN TOWN BAND A registered charity, the band’s ethos is to promote and enhance the musical ability of everybody in the village, particularly young people. And their ethos is well and truly adhered to, with beginner band ‘Band Builders’ and intermediate ‘Training Band’ in place before moving up to senior band. It is free to join Band Builders and suits those with little or no experience. The current band master, Tom Bassett, has held the position for 6 years and in that time has taken the band from strength to strength. With two contests a year, both regional and national, the 30-strong senior band have recently been promoted to third section which is a great honour and a big achievement for our little town!

Tom’s hard work with the band has also secured them some excellent engagements, including weddings, concerts, and kicking off the ever popular Masked Ball. Porthleven Town Band has seen generations of families throughout the years, with a few members currently the 8th generation of players. There are also some extremely devoted players; Russell Coles, who is now retired and a trustee of the band, was a member for over 60 years! With planning permission having been granted for a brand new band room for all the players Band master Tom Bassett

to practise in - it’s only onwards and upwards for our small yet mighty town band! If you’d like to contact or find out more about the band, please pop them a message on their Facebook page: PorthlevenTownBand

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Archie, Ysy and Scarlett Lees stand proudly in their uniform

For an astonishing 154 years, Porthleven Town Band have been delighting people far and wide with their music, whether it’s playing into the sunset in summer or keeping you cheery with carols in winter.

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Succulent Lamb with a difference Discover delicious Cornish Lamb – reared in Porthleven’s pastures for incredible flavour and texture

Based at Trewithick Farm just outside of Porthleven, you will find first generation farmers Ryan and Steve, who took over the 500 year old tenant farm in 2016 with the accompaniment of their sheepdog Henry and flock of beautiful breeding ewes. Between them, they began The Cornish Lamb Co. which is quite simply beautiful succulent Cornish lamb farmed and reared sustainably for you to enjoy. With a mixture of three different breeds of ewes on the farm, there are 3 lambing periods each year which ensures a continuous supply is available. Steve and Ryan with Adam Henson (centre) from BBC Countryfile in which The Cornish Lamb Company made a recent appearance.

The Cornish climate produces lush meadows, and their lambs are 100% grass and forage-fed. Letting them grow at their natural pace results in succulent, quality meat with fantastic flavour and very little fat (plus healthier higher levels of omega-3, linoleic acid and minerals). You can buy Cornish lamb directly from their farm, or every Friday at Penzance Farmers Market. They also sell at markets in Devoran, Breage and Pendeen; and you’ll see their Cornish lamb on the menu at top local restaurants. You needn’t miss out on Cornish lamb if you live “upcountry” either, as they offer a Lamb Post service, sending meat by overnight courier to anywhere in mainland UK. The lamb is wrapped in insulating sheep’s wool, ensuring it keeps cool and fresh on its journey. With a recent appearance on Countryfile, it’s clear to see that they are making a real name for themselves here in Porthleven and far beyond! To find out more, or to order your lamb box, call 07814 780758 or email The Cornish Lamb Company Trewithick Farm, Trewithick Road, Breage TR13 9QA 07814 780758 DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN 31

We are lucky enough to host a range of very unique shops here, all with something special to offer. Whether you are looking for a bespoke gift, a treat for yourself or maybe just hoping to buy something nice for tea, you’ll find it all in our little town. Many of our local businesses boast a selection of handmade and hand-picked items for display. On these pages you’ll discover the diverse range of shopping that Porthleven has to offer. Why not pop in take a look at them for yourself?

PISKY COVE A treasure trove of hand-crafted gifts and goodies, from individual silver jewellery pieces to bespoke bags! The hats pictured here are made from Porthleven yarn, which was created by Pisky Cove themselves. They also teach spinning, sell spinning wheels and offer spinning wheel services. The Shipyard, Harbour Head 07843 375008

Four Crows GALLERY A personal and eclectic collection of often quirky arts and crafts from a wide variety of artists, many from the surrounding area. Pictured are cat salt and pepper shakers by Hannah Turner, with many other designs available. Commercial Road 01326 618689

Quayside Fish This is just a small selection of the wonderful locally caught fresh fish and shellfish available at Quayside Fish, often described by customers as ‘the best fish they’ve ever tasted’! Fore Street 01326 562008

Salt Cellar You’ll find these Captain Corsaire Regate Ete coats at Salt Cellar. They are lightweight, waterproof, fully lined with taped seams and available in a wide range of colours and sizes. Commercial Road 01326 560243 32 DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN

Carla Regler GALLERY Have you visited Carla’s gallery on Fore Street yet? A stunning collection of photographic work, framed images, limited editions and large canvas’ for the wall. Don’t forget about the smaller gifts for the home too. Carla’s range of tea towels and cushions make the perfect gifts for special occasions! Chapel Terrace, Fore Street 07971 951698

ALBATROSS GALLERY Want an alternative to predictable designs in your home? Freshen up your walls and dinnerware with rich, vibrant shades which evoke a sense of the countryside and the Cornish coast, available at the Albatross Gallery. Commercial Road 01326 562828

Lindy Lou You’ll find an abundance of lovely things at Lindy Lou. Pictured is a selection of quirky ceramic animals from £17. Harbour Head 01326 562202

Cornish Bay Seafoods Cornish Bay Seafoods offer an exciting range of cold and hot eating dishes including filled rolls and salads, pastries and pâtés made with their locally caught, sustainable crab, hand picked here in Porthleven. Harbour Head 01326 558848

STARGAZEY GIFTS & HOME For stunning home accessories and unusual gifts like this handmade in Cornwall mirror and beautiful seahorse wall art, visit Stargazey Gifts & Home on Fore Street. 10 Fore Street 01326 569246

Harbour View Gifts Stocking a varied and large selection of locally made and fair trade gifts for all the family, Harbour View Gifts is a must visit. This traditional and copper foil stained glass item was made on the premises! Harbour Head 01326 572671

Essa Collection Treat yourself to one of Essa Collections beautifully soft fairtrade tops, available in stripes and plain cotton. But be warned, as once you’ve bought one you’ll keep coming back for more! Fore Street 01326 572236

Hugh West at the Customs House Gallery Hugh has established workshops of his own since the age of 21 in Cornwall, Devon, and Central France. Returning to Cornwall after 14 years in France, he now has a small studio in a former toll house in Perranwell Station near Truro, working exclusively in porcelain. You can find his work along with plenty of other talented makers and artists at the Customs House Gallery. Commercial Road 01326 569365 DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN 33

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Withy Field car park offers a great place to park your car or larger vehicles whether you’re here for a short visit or longer stay.

Located a short walk from the harbour head you’ll find the car park on Mill Lane opposite Porthleven football club. Use TR13 9LQ in your Sat Nav.

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If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday by the sea, then Porthleven is the place to be and a visit to Rick Stein’s restaurant should definitely be on the agenda. Whether it’s fresh seafood and Champagne on a sunny day when the sky is perfectly blue, al-fresco dining and cocktails on the terrace or comforting fish and chips when the storms set in – Rick Stein Porthleven is a place for all occasions. With fantastic harbour views both inside the restaurant and out on the terrace, Steins uses local and seasonal produce to create dishes inspired by Rick’s travels around the world. Dishes include Goan cod curry, salt and pepper prawns, steaks, and of course classic Cornish fish and chips. After a stroll around Porthleven harbour, enjoy a leisurely meal with a special offer set lunch menu available at £21.50 for 3 courses. A meal at Rick Stein Porthleven is also a great gift for a loved one, and gift cards are available to treat your friends and family to something extra special. RICK STEINS AT PORTHLEVEN Mount Pleasant, Porthleven 01326 565636 DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN 35

Julia Schofield Jewellery Upstairs at The Salt Cellar Workshops

Handmade for special occasions and the everyday See Facebook for the latest designs and opening times

07972 158064

Porthleven’s hidden gem If you’re visiting Porthleven you will naturally be drawn to the shops dotted around the harbour head, but hidden just a little way up salt cellar hill are the Salt Cellar Workshops, which are home to a handful of unique artisan businesses. Worded by Julia Schofield from Julia Schofield Jewellery, one of the buildings current tenants. An evocative smell of tarsoaked timbers carries you perfectly into the heart of old Porthleven when you enter these workshops. Thirty years ago, Claire Francis and Geraldine Thomas took on the lease of a historic, deserted building, and turned it into one of the oldest and most original craft centres in Cornwall. No trip to Porthleven is complete unless you’ve visited. Looming over the harbour balks, the huge building takes

the brunt of the fiercest winter storms, but inside and year round, the two floors are a place of imagination and endeavor. You still find Claire (a stylish hatter) and Geraldine (awardwinning basket-maker) at work. Other makers and artists have come and gone over the years leaving their imprint, or stayed, like Fee, who makes original fleece clothing, joining them shortly after they opened. Currently Nick, who carves in slate, welcomes you to his

creative space as you enter, and up the wide stairs you can find Gilly who re-canes chairs and furniture, Jan who paints celebrated pictures, and Julia who has been designing and making jewellery in west Cornwall for nearly twenty years. Withy baskets, driftwood furniture, cards, glass, mosaic tiles and many a wondrous thing decorate the spaces in between, providing an unusual trove of gifts and presents, all hand-made and all distinctly Porthleven. SALT CELLAR WORKSHOPS Salt Cellar Hill, Porthleven 01326 565707

From top to bottom: Baskets by Geraldine Jones Hat by Claire Francis Traditional Chair Caning by Gilly Sloper Pendant by Julia Schofield


The Customs House Loft

The Customs House Loft is a light and comfortable loft apartment on Porthleven’s harbourside, elegantly furnished and full of historic charm. Sleeps four in two en-suite bedrooms. 01326 569365


HOME FROM HOME The Customs House Loft is perfectly situated on Porthleven’s harbourside, with the independent shops and restaurants on your doorstep, the beach just around the corner and views of the picturesque harbour right outside your window. Accommodating four people, The Customs House Loft boasts a king and a double bedroom, both with ensuite bathrooms and coastal-inspired decor, giving the rooms a light and airy feel. The large lounge provides a cosy sofa area complete with a woodburner for the colder days and nights, as well as a dining table which is the perfect place to enjoy a proper Cornish breakfast in the morning.

It’s no wonder people return year after yeaR The focal point of the room however is the magnificent picture window looking out onto the harbour. With a window seat complete with cushions, there’s no better place to sit and watch the world go by.

A real homely welcome awaits you upon arrival too, where you will be greeted with a delicious Cornish cream tea, bottle of wine and fresh flowers courtesy of proprietors Louise and John - it’s no wonder people return year after year! The property is also dog friendly so you don’t have to leave your furry friend behind. THE CUSTOMS HOUSE LOFT Commercial Road, Porthleven 01326 569365 DISCOVER PORTHLEVEN 39

Franchis Holiday Park

Family run hotel situated in the heart of Porthleven with outstanding harbour views. Facilities include a bar lounge and sea facing patio area.

The perfect base for your seaside adventure!

01326 562236

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Why not call or pop in for more details. You’ll find us just off the A3083 Helston to Lizard road.

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Wellmore End Cottage B&B

A unique bed & breakfast experience

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Close to Porthleven

Clean comfortable rooms and ample parking 5 star hotel breakfast choice Great location for exploring South Cornwall

A warm welcome awaits you by Bridget & John in their traditional granite cottage. This homely b&b with its comfortable rooms offers an outstanding breakfast to suit all dietary requirements. Located just 64 meters from the harbour it is just a short walk to all amenities.

01736 761817

Anne Russell Cottages

Holiday Accommodation W. Oliver Allen & Sons

Luxury Holiday Cottages Porthleven

View from the cottages

Tel: 01326 562222 A selection of our own houses, cottages and converted lofts on Loe Bar Road. Excellent sea views and some overlooking the beach as above view. From £220 - £670 per week. Short Breaks. Open all year. Parking. Call in to see us for details and browse our workshop for nets, knots, rope and canvas and tarpaulin work. Members of Visit Cornwall. Established over 125 years Loe Bar Road, Porthleven, Cornwall. TR13 9EN

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Harbour side views Stunning scenery On the coastal path Sleeps 2- 6 people One minutes walk from the beach Fully equipped for all year round opening

01326 562264

6 Bay View Terrace A wide selection of highly appointed, luxury self catering accommodation in Porthleven. Open all year.

01326 563198

020 8335 0554 / 07940 522162 The view from the elevated terrace is unrivalled with stunning panoramic views across the harbour, village, coastline and sea. Situated in the unique unspoilt harbour of Porthleven and open all year it is ideally located to all the villages amenities or as a base to explore Porthleven

Caravan & Camping Porthleven Mill Lane Porthleven

TR13 9LQ

Tel 01326 573 881

Our site has 22 spacious pitches, some with hookups. There are 18 additional pitches for camping. Located in the grounds of Out of the Blue, free house, it is a short level walk to the harbour so no need to drive.

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Granary Barn has the tHree card Hat trick of accomomodation period farmHouse: (smoke alarmed) offering friendly comfortable stay. Hostel: (smoke alarmed) mixed dorm with fully equipped kitchen. campinG in rolling countryside, open pitches, hot showers and campers kitchen. Lifts available by arrangement Promoter of Porthleven Supporters of SWCP & Luggage Transfers

Contact Tom on 07740 514188

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Ride the Segway, On & Off Road at Goonhilly Nr Helston & Clowance Country Estate* Take control of your own Segway and glide around our exhilarating trails, from easy routes to more technical off road sessions.

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HIGHER PENROSE FARM NR PORTHLEVEN TR13 0RB Tel: 07977 570764 Open July and August £6 per adult and £3 per child per night (free hot showers) Enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside on our beautiful site located by the National Trust walks to Loe Pool and the Coastal Path, and within easy walking distance of Porthleven Village and Harbour. Facilities for your freezer packs. Camp fires and dogs allowed. No restricted pitch sizes. For full details please visit our website at Email:

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Make your stay sweet Do you love cake? If the answer is yes, then you’re in the right place! Based in Porthleven, we bake fresh delicious cupcakes that you can enjoy during your stay here. We work on a bespoke basis, so all you need to do is get in touch with us before your stay to let us know what delicious cupcakes you would like to order. We will then arrange delivery to your Porthleven accommodation so you can enjoy them upon arrival. Nobody should settle for bad cake - and we don’t believe in style over substance. We can assure you that our cupcakes are made fresh each and every time you order them and use as many Cornish ingredients as possible to make them taste the best they can possibly be. Our cupcakes are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations or simply just for a wonderful surprise! Choose from a range of flavours including triple chocolate brownie, biscoff, cherry bakewell and even vanilla unicorn! If you are reading this while already staying here and would like to try some of our delicious cupcakes then don’t despair - just get in touch with us and we will do our very best to get some to you before you go home. You may also be lucky enough to find us selling our cupcakes at Porthleven Harbour Market! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @trulycornish to keep up to date with what we’re up to. Get your cupcake fix: call 07837 848643 or email

If you are looking for something special that you won’t see anywhere else in Porthleven, why not pop in and see the designs produced by us, Clair and Paul Pennington, at The Jewellery Workshop. Established in 2012, we are a family business who are proud to do things locally, and we produce, mend and adapt jewellery in-house where you know it’s in safe hands. Commissions and alterations are also welcome, where we can breathe new life into a piece of jewellery without losing its sentimental value. While most of our jewellery is handmade onsite, we also stock other local artists’ work in addition to recognised brands

including Junkers and Zeppelin watches. If you don’t see anything in store that takes your fancy, we can also create bespoke jewellery to your exact specifications, which is just perfect to give as a special gift. The Jewellery Workshop St Elvans Courtyard, Harbour Road, Porthleven 01326 561511

CLASSES As well as the shop, we also have our own workshop on the opposite side of the harbour where you can have a go at making your very own jewellery. All the courses are laid out for the total beginner who never made a piece of jewellery before, so don't be scared, you can all do it! We also offer a 7 week course block if you are interested in learning other techniques too. These are the classes and dates for 2018

Course 1: Make a ring or bangle in sterling silver.

Every Monday at 2pm and 6pm. £35 & £45.

Course 2: Make two stacking rings of your choice in sterling silver. Every Tuesday at 2pm. £45.

Course 3: Make a textured bangle in sterling silver with a sea glass charm attached. Every Tuesday at 6pm. £50.

Make each others wedding rings What could be more romantic than making the wedding ring for your soon be be husband or wife? This class, led by one of our jewellers, runs for one day during which you can make wedding rings in silver, yellow or white gold, platinum or palladium. Lunch is also provided. Please get in touch for further details.


RICK STEIN, PORTHLEVEN Fresh seafood and dishes inspired by Rick’s travels around the world. - Harbour views - Al fresco dining - Open every day

Rick Stein Mount Pleasant Porthleven TR13 9JS 01326 565636

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