Dining out in Porthleven

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Dining out in Porthleven

Most would agree, Porthleven provides an idyllic location for a holiday with its beautiful coastline and stunning Atlantic sea views. It also has many fantastic restaurants and is building an enviable reputation as a foodie destination. The annual Porthleven Food and Music Festival attracts around 30,000 people over three days to Porthleven and enhances Porthleven’s reputation.

Porthleven offers everything from quirky pubs to fine dining restaurants and family friendly eateries, so there is something special for everyone.

Here are our best to try:

Michael Caines – The Harbouside Refuge

Informal foods and cuisine throughout the day and evening. Pop in for coffee and a pâtisserie, breakfast, lunch & dinner or for a drink in the bar area.

Kota Restaurant

Porthleven at its finest! Created by Jude Kereama, who recently appeared on the Great British Menu. You can expect exquisite food in a lovely atmosphere in a contemporary setting. Kota Restaurant has had the Award for Creativity and Innovation by the Trencherman’s Guide 2016, recognised by the Good Food Guide, the Michelin Guide (with two Bib Gourmand Awards), Harden’s Restaurant Guide, Square Meal and the AA (with two Rosettes).

Kota Kai

Taking up the whole of the first floor of Celtic House, situated looking directly onto the harbour, this restaurant offers modern Asian cuisine and delicious cocktails. The lounge is perfect for a coffee with a view and the kids’ rooms are well equipped for entertaining. The food is delicious, uncomplicated and the service is excellent.

Radish Cafe

Located in the Shipyard Market, Radish serves delicious vegetarian food until 5pm most days. The long benches in the market are perfect for enjoying your meal and soaking up the atmpsphere.

The Square

The Square is a great place to while away the afternoon on the terrace in the sunshine or to enjoy an evening with views of the twinkling harbour lights. The brasserie menu changes daily with an emphasis on local sourcing.

Seadrift Cafe

If you love fish you will love Seadrift. Expect dishes using the freshest produce sourced locally. The team have created a cosy, welcoming restaurant perfect for lunch or an evening meal.

Ship Inn, Porthleven

A beautiful 17th Century pub overlooking the Porthleven harbour. The perfect place to watch calm seas and sunshine over the harbour in summer and enjoy storm watching in the winter. Delicious traditional pub food and great beer!


Coffee, cake, ice-cream and delicious lunches with a view over the harbour. The perfect place to relax after a cliff path walk or returning from the beach. The terrace is busy in summer and mind winter days too.


The glass-fronted main dining room and enclosed terrace offer views of the harbour. Their menu offers fresh fish, Sunday roasts and Summer Session music nights provide the perfect backdrop to the delicious food.

Blowers Place – Wood Fired Kitchen

An exciting new kitchen residency by Blower’s Place in collaboration with Origin Coffee. Open from May to October for indoor or outdoor dining at The Roastery, Porthleven.

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