Port Isaac is a small picturesque fishing village situated approximately 30 minutes north of Padstow and 30 minutes south of Tintagel. From the Middle Ages until the middle of the 19th century, it was a busy port handling various imports and exports, including coal, timber, pottery and slate. This post gives you a few trips on visiting the gorgeous Port Isaac.
Parking in Port Isaac
We recommended parking at the large car park at the top of the hill (postcode PL29 3TR) which was £3 for a few hours. This avoids having to navigate the narrow streets nearer the town where there is a smaller car park which may not have any space. However, the main reason to park here are the amazing views walking towards the coast.
We took the long way to town via Port Gaverne taking in the spectacular views on the way. Our relaxed stroll took around 20-25 minutes to reach the centre of small Port Isaac. Before the curve to the coast, we spotted Stargayzi, a hotel, restaurant and pub which was a great location to base yourself.
Port Isaac Village
Port Isaac village is small and oh so cute! Parts of it reminded me of a UK Mykonos with its narrow streets, winding walkways and white washed buildings. It is famous for having one of the most narrow streets in Britain, aptly called Squeezy Belly Alley which runs from Fore Street to Dolphin Street.
It doesn’t take long to walk around the immediate village but there are plenty of pathways leading out of Port Isaac. Although Port Isaac has only a shingle beach, Polzeath and Daymer Bay sandy beaches are both nearby.
Places to Eat in Port Isaac
We had dinner booked at our next destination in Tintagel so decided to just have a takeaway fish and chips. The only place that we could find serving at 4pm was Eileen’s The Takeaway. It didn’t have great reviews online but we were the first customers so our food was very fresh. The chips weren’t how I would describe traditional ‘fat’ fish and chip shop chips but they were crispy and tasty nonetheless. 2 x fish and chips and 2 x drinks was just under £20.
Other options include cute looking The Krab Pot Eatery, The Golden Lion Inn, The Mote Bar & Restaurant and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen.
East London Girl: Visiting Port Isaac
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