Casual Cornish cooking: The Square at Porthleven
Stew and Anna Eddy’s harbourside restaurant specialises in dishes that fire up the palate, despite the casual seaside setting.
While any Cornish restaurant worth its (sea) salt has fresh fish on the menu, Stew – who’s worked with Michael Caines and Raymond Blanc – and head chef Bryok Williams can be relied upon to do justice to the just-landed catch.
Local crab, hake and haddock all appear regularly on the daily changing menus, starring alongside Cornwall-reared meats and seasonal vegetables in tempting alternatives for visitors not swayed by the waterside location.
Be sure to save room for dessert: delights such as summer pavlova with basil syrup and clotted cream are just as delicious as the main event.
Holidaymakers visit The Square at Porthleven to sample local produce, while locals drop by to indulge in a taste of home – be it lunch on the terrace, dinner in the restaurant or a made-on-the-premises ice cream from the adjoining deli.
Trencherman’s tip: if there’s space outside, grab a seat on the terrace and watch the dayboats chug in and out of Porthleven’s pretty harbour.