Crab Suppers and Scrumpy in Polperro, Cornwall

Lashings of clotted cream, azure waters and lonely fishing boats bobbing in the harbor, there is no doubt that Cornwall is often considered one of the loveliest spots in the whole of the UK. Hailed as the home of King Arthur and his round table, Cornwall seems to be cloaked in mythology and peering into the village of Polperro is like turning the pages of a fairytale. The jumble of cream colored cottages tumbling down the cliff ravine, the thick green ledges flecked with wildflowers and the simple fishing boats bring a sense of dreamy nostalgia bubbling to the surface.

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As a working fishing village visitors should be prepared to swap long stretches of idyllic white sand for mesmerizing fresh fish dishes instead as the beach is a small splash of sand often drowned beneath the surging tide. Yet the collection of snug galleries, cozy pubs and spectacular coastal walks makes Polperro a shining star without the need for lazy beach days. From the craggy headlands you can even look out across the bay and glimpse dolphins playing in the surf.

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The Blue Peter Inn is something of an institution in Polperro with its local scrumpy, guest ales and hearty live music thumping against the floors. Sit beside the roaring log fire and sup on the bright and bountiful Mediterranean fish soup, gnaw on fresh crab legs and nibble on fat Cornish scallops served with smoky bacon for a true seaman’s supper.

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Once you step foot in Polperro you will never want to leave, rent The Beach House Cornwall high up on the cliffs for a meditative stay with incredible sea views. Rustic stone walls, authentic log burners and a beautiful breakfast terrace with hot tub will ensure that every day you wake with a smile etched across your face.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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