Travel Diary | Port Issac, Cornwall

This past week you may have seen on Instagram stories that my family and I booked a last minute trip to Cornwall! As a family we’ve always loved it there and my parents have been making more and more frequent visits this year and we’ve discovered so many new-to-us places along the coast that we’ve loved exploring. As you can also probably tell I’ve been loving playing with the huji app and although I wasn’t sure on it at first, there’s something about the way it captured the Cornish coastline that I’m obsessed with. We were primarily staying in Port Issac, but we ventured out everyday to find the best beaches and tastiest fresh food that Cornwall had to offer. If you’ve got any recommendations of places to visit in Cornwall or restaurants you love then my family and I would love to hear all about it! For now though, here are my snaps from our trip. 

Beautiful Rock Beach, overlooking Padstow – As well as having some of the fluffiest sand we saw in Cornwall, it provided the best viewing point for watching the dozens of dogs making the most of the waves. We chatted for hours, ate Davidstowe cheddar sandwiches and were thankful for the view in the photo above for making the climb back up the stairs in the heat worth it. 

Home for the week – Port Issac, home to TV show Dr Marten, has all the Cornish highlights you’d expect. Falling asleep to the waves crashing and waking up to the sound of seagulls and a view of the bay, although the village seems small it’s got enough restaurants to feast yourself on, and with the fish barely travelling 50 metres from boat to bowl it’s as fresh and you’ll find anywhere. 

I’m about half-way through this book but sadly didn’t get into it as quickly as I hoped I would, but because of all the amazing reviews I’m going to stick with it – as if Port Issac wasn’t escapism enough. 

A family favourite – Watergate Bay is one of my parents favourite places to visit in Cornwall and it’s not hard to understand why. With amazing waves it’s a surfers paradise and perfect for dogs and families, for us though? You’ll find us at our happiest, in our deck chairs pimms in hand, nibbling at salt and vinegar crisps chatting away about adventures old and new. 

Lunch with a view @ Watergate Bay – Chicken and avocado burger for me, Spicy noodle salad for Dad, Crab Linguine for Mum and Beef Burger for my sister – fries all round and a view that’s perfect for people-watching. 

We had the best day on Watergate Beach, it’s hard to imagine since we were there in August but my parents were telling us about mornings they’d had on this beach in winter when they were the only people here. I don’t know about you, but I think I love the English seaside just as much in the winter when it’s cold and rainy as I do in the summer.

Ice cream just tastes better by the sea – Probably because the sea air tires you out but I slept like a baby the whole trip, we ticked all the foodie favourites off our list (Cornish pasty, Mr Whippy Ice Cream, Fish and Chips, anything with crab in) and had a lovely break just being away from our phones and away from the reality of work and just catch up with each other. 

We went for dinner at one of the restaurants in Port Issac called The Mote and had the tastiest meal! My sister had steak, my Dad had the fish pie, Moulles Marinere for Mum and I had the spicy crab linguine which was absolutely delicious. We were all starving from our day on the beach so naturally food was the main topic of conversation, as well as a lot of passing around mouthfuls so everyone could try a bit of everything.  

If you’re heading to Cornwall it’s hard to resist popping into Padstow for a wander through the lanes. If you’ve never been before you can expect some beautiful galleries and gift shops, lots of independent bakeries and clothes shops – oh and a lot of Rick Stein! We spent an afternoon wandering in and out of galleries looking at beautiful fish murals and Cornwall inspired watercolour prints.

This photo below was the view my sister and I had from our bedroom window and it’s one of my favourites from the whole trip, I love how blue and clear the water was in Port Issac you could have mistaken it for a Mediterranean island, and watching the fog roll in over the tops of the houses became a morning ritual. It’d been years since I’d been to Cornwall and this week has well and truly restored my love for it, looking forward to venturing back again soon x 


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