Harden's survey result
“Certainly the best restaurant in the region, perhaps the country!” Nathan Outlaw’s acclaimed flagship sits on a clifftop in a picturesque north Cornish village (home to TV’s Doc Martin) and while “the exterior of the building is underwhelming”, “the room itself is lovely, with perfectly positioned tables”… and “my god the view out of the windows is breathtaking”. On the menu – “a procession of the most delicious fish and seafood imaginable”: “supremely clean and pure in their premise and construction, with flavours that either hit you round the chops or melt down your throat in nuanced waves”. Service is “top class” – “warm, personal and professional, and with very appropriate wine suggestions”. A quibble? Many reports note that a trip here is “so expensive”, “even more so with the wine flight”. But even so, the investment almost invariably “feels like money well spent”: “was it worth the 625-mile round trip? – unquestionably YES”. Top Tip – “use an app to book local parking if you are coming in season, as Port Isaac is tiny and parking is extremely limited”.
“Well worth the drive to Cornwall…” – the famous Cornish chef’s flagship occupies “a romantic clifftop setting, overlooking the sea” in a beautiful village “on the stunningly beautiful North Cornish coast”, and numerous reporters acclaim it for “the best fish and seafood in the UK”. “It really really does live up to the hype. The simplified, choice-free menu means you just need to sit back and let the chef’s brilliant creations work their magic”. Dishes are “so exquisitely prepared, with such clean and pure but striking flavours”. “Service led by Stephi Little is so friendly, yet it retains a level of easy expertise, and the wine flight, concocted by sommelier Damon Little, supplies perfect matches with sometimes unfamiliar labels”. (And it’s not just good for fish: “Nathan was cooking. I’m a veggie and the vegetarian menu was the best I’ve ever eaten!”)
“The ne plus ultra of UK fish restaurants” – Nathan Outlaw delivers “a masterclass in amazingly clean, powerful yet pure fishy flavours – just the best I’ve ever tasted” – and “the dishes feel so effortless” too (“a nice balance of simplicity with panache”), at his incredibly popular Cornish HQ, which moved three years ago to the heart of this charming fishing village from nearby Rock. “The terrific view is almost as good as the food” – “a panorama across the bay” that’s “best enjoyed in daylight”. “It’s wildly expensive but really worth it”.
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|Wine per bottle||£21.00|
6 New Rd, Port Isaac, PL29 3SB
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:45 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:45 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:45 pm‑9 pm|