Famous for having many picturesque harbours, Cornwall and its restaurants are lucky enough to be able to easily get some of the freshest seafood available, because there are still many working fishing ports, in fact one of the biggest working harbours in the UK is our very own Newlyn!
When you think of a picturesque Cornish fishing village, most people would agree that Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel) is likely what you will be imagining. It’s small yet picture-perfect authentic Cornish harbour is surrounded by quaint granite-built houses, shops and galleries. Its compact harbour walls give protection form the harsh winter waves, in the 13th century it was the main port in Mounts Bay until the 16th century when Newlyn and Penzance took over, not much commercial fishing takes place here but you will find small local boats anchored in the harbour. A beautiful village with, galleries, gift shops, cafes and restaurants.
Newlyn is a vibrant fishing port on the edge of Penzance and just 2 miles from Mousehole. The attractive granite cottages and cobbled back streets gives this place its charm, the harbour has beautiful views across to St Michaels mount, it's easy to see why Newlyn is a favourite for sea lovers and artists trying to capture the scene from a traditional Cornish village. As you would expect being a working port Newlyn has some of the best fish restaurants around such as ‘The smugglers’, ‘Mackerel sky seafood bar’ and ‘Argoe’. Newlyn also hosts a popular fish festival which is held on the august bank holiday every year.
Before tourism took over, the main source of income for Sennen used to be pilchard fishing, Sennen still has a small fleet of fishing boats but this shoreline is now getting more popular as a surfing hot spot. A lifeboat has been stationed there since 1853 and its slipway is located at the end of the cove. The Old Success Inn built in the 17th century is the best place to soak up the atmosphere and take in some amazing coastal views.
A medieval quay was first built in 1430 and due to growing trade, it was necessary to build the east and west quays in 1774 which are set within a pretty village protected from the sea by harbour walls just 5 miles south of St Austell. Attractive houses and building rise up the hillside providing amazing sea views from the hill top. once the centre of Cornwall's pilchard fishing industry Mevagissey currently isn't working to the same levels as once before but it still is a bustling working harbour. The old lifeboat station has now been turned into an aquarium.
A surprising variety of fish can be caught around the coastal areas of Falmouth, anglers can catch Bass, Cod, Mackerel, Plaice and a host of other species. There are a number of great fishing spots all over Falmouth including, the prince of Wales pier and Pendennis point. Being a more built-up town than other smaller harbours Falmouth has many fishing trips to offer if you would like to be taken out and shown the ropes ‘Falmouth fishing trips’ have been going for more than 70 years.
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