Polzeath & Port Isaac: crab sandwiches, creamy ice-cream & true British grit

You know you’re on holiday in the UK when you’re eating ice-cream on the beach with your coat on and still wishing you’d worn more clothes! I just love the spirit of British holiday goers in summertime – you’ve booked a week on the coast and no matter what the weather (in this case heavy cloud, considerable wind and the odd bit of drizzle) you’ll grit your teeth and sit on the cold sand shivering in the shelter of your windbreaker until, eventually, you decide it’s time to go home.

That was the scene yesterday on Polzeath beach in North Cornwall. Suffice to say, we decided against spending the whole afternoon there and instead rolled up our trousers and briefly dipped our toes in the (freezing) water. As a heavy mist gathered over the headland, wet-suit clad surfers were taking advantage of the windy conditions further down the beach and it was slightly eerie to see this cluster of dark figures bobbing around in the hazy distance. If the weather brightens whilst we’re here, I’d love to return and explore the village of Polzeath further and perhaps spend a little more time in the water.

Earlier in the day, we’d stopped off for lunch in Port Isaac (pic above), a small fishing village made famous by the ITV drama Doc Martin. Port Isaac is tourist-heavy (many hoping to spot Martin Clunes, no doubt!), but it’s certainly worth a visit if you’re in the area as it has some lovely little shops and eateries. We settled down for lunch at The Golden Lion and, as is customary for us when we visit the coast, we ordered some local crab which we enjoyed whilst looking out over the harbour from the pub’s small balcony. With its narrow streets, beautiful old buildings and stunning views, Port Isaac is an Instagrammers dream and is definitely one of the most attractive places we’ve visited so far!

Though the past few days have been a little unsettled on the weather front, Cornwall is still a wonderful place to visit and even in the rain there’s plenty of things to see and do. Sunday morning was a particularly wet one for us so we took shelter in Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium. This place is great for families (our little one loved it) and the underwater tunnel (home to sharks, rays, pufferfish and more) is truly spectacular.

Today we’re heading off to Tintagel and, with a bit of luck, there might be a glimpse of sunshine through the clouds. If not, I’m happy to console myself with more crab sandwiches!


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