Savouring North Cornwall
Cornwall is one of those places that makes you feel proud to be British, and with hidden gems such as Port Isaac it's easy to see why. This small but picturesque fishing village is nestled between a patchwork of north Cornwall's farming fields and the Atlantic Ocean, which laps at its harbour.
During the 18th and 19th centuries the port handled cargoes of coal, wood, salt and limestone, but now it's primarily a fishing port with fishermen landing their catches of fish, crab and lobsters on a regular basis. You might be lucky enough to sample a fresh catch at Outlaw's Fish Kitchen, which is owned and run by Michelin Star Chef Nathan Outlaw.
Not far from Port Isaac is the quintessential hamlet of Port Quin. Made up of only a handful of buildings and a narrow rocky inlet, which provides a naturally sheltered harbour for sea-going vessels. It's a stunning and peaceful corner of the world.
Port Quin was once a prosperous fishing village but saw it's community move away to neighbouring towns due to poor pilchard and herring seasons. It's demise gave rise to local legend of a disaster - one Sunday, as the men of the village were put to sea, a great storm moved in and all were lost, including the entire fishing fleet.
Continuing along the coast you come across the Camel Estuary, flanked by the towns of Rock and Padstow. The foremost is a beach-lovers paradise, with fine sandy beaches, which are washed by tidal waters of the estuary, and at low-tide seem endless.
Padstow is a yachting haven and has been bought to prominence by restauranteur and chef, Rick Stein. His flagship eatery, The Seafood Restaurant, is definitely worth a visit, especially for his Local Hake and Chips dish, which is probably the best Fish and Chips you'll ever eat.
We could write about North Cornwall all day, but it'll be better if you experience it's beauty all for yourself.