Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Port Isaac
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Port Isaac restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 5 restaurants in Port Isaac and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Port Isaac restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Port Gaverne Hotel International restaurant in Port Isaac
“Fish and seafood dishes are the ones to go for” at this privately run hotel and restaurant – a local “favourite” owing to the “consistent quality from the kitchen” (though service can be a tad “variable” at times).
2. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw Fish & seafood restaurant in Port Isaac 6 New Rd - PL29
“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”.
3. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen Fish & seafood restaurant in Port Isaac 1 Middle St - PL29
“Fabulous, small plates of fishiness” – “each mouthful a truly memorable experience” – help inspire nothing but praise for Nathan Outlaw’s “tiny and atmospheric” spin-off venture, which has a “fantastic location”, “set on the quayside” of this Cornish fishing village and “doing full justice to the locally caught produce”. Compared with his posh gaff, dishes are “simpler, but just as fine in their own way”, and even fans of both establishments may feel that “although it’s not as pricey or fancy as his main place in town, this is actually better value and more enjoyable”.
4. Stargazy Inn British, Modern restaurant in Port Isaac 1 The Terrace - PL29
Some “outstanding” meals are reported at this newly refurbished hotel: formerly Bay Hotel (aka Wenn House in TV’s Doc Martin) and under the same ownership as the nearby Port Gaverne Hotel and Pilchards Café. There’s not yet enough feedback yet to back up those who claim it’s “on a par with Nathan Outlaw opposite”, but suffice to say that the comparison’s not a preposterous one with unanimously high ratings awarded to Great British Menu chef, Andrew Sheridan’s cuisine – either simpler items from the à la carte, or fancier five-course and seven-course tasting options.
5. Fresh From The Sea Fish & seafood restaurant in Port Isaac 18 New Road - PL29
“Nathan Outlaw fully booked? Console yourself with the finest crab sandwich ever”, from Calum & Tracey Greenhalgh’s fishmonger and café. You won’t find fresher seafood – Calum sets out in his boat the Mary D every day to catch crab and lobster using pots, and pollack, mackerel and bass by handline.
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