We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“stopped for a pint”
Review of Port Gaverne Hotel

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Port Gaverne Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Gaverne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stopped and enjoyed a very refreshing and well kept pint from a friendly and ideally situated inn on the Coastal path. It was glorious weather so we sat outside but it was clear walkers were welcomed. Whilst we did not eat in, many of the other tables were occupied by patrons eating their lunch. The helpings looked large, the ingredients fresh and appetising. As the meals seemed competitively priced, we will certainly try a meal there next time we are passing...and another pint of course...there seemed to be three local brews on offer so it might be long lunch!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Kevin H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (557)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

349 - 355 of 557 reviews

Reviewed 10 July 2014

Been coming to Port Gavern fir almost 20 years, seen a few changes but most things stayed the same.
Now that St Austell Brewery have bought the business the changes are different.
Some loyal staff missing good chef no longer cooking at his best. Menu sane every night.
But early days may get better with time, but wouldn't rush bak as locals see to have deserted the place.
They now have Sky TV if that helps

Room Tip: Best in old part of hotel
See more room tips
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Service
1  Thank 305barbara
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 July 2014

My daughter and I arrived at the Port Gaverne Hotel on Friday, June 27, 2014 around 4 PM. We were greeted by several people sitting outside at the tables and chairs provided. Everyone seemed so happy and content, we knew we were going to enjoy our stay. We took our luggage to reception and checked in. Paul showed us to our room, number 14. He helped us with our bags and made sure we had everything we needed. We turned right around and headed up the hill to Port Isaac to take a quick look around the village. We returned an hour later and the same people were sitting outside, clearly relaxing and having a wonderful time. We joined in and had a drink with them. Our three days there just got better from that point on. The food was delicious - perhaps the best mussels we've ever had. The mains were so good that we ended up eating two of our dinners there, even though we promised ourselves to try a different restaurant each night. The pub area was so comfortable, with overstuffed benches and comfy chairs. The entire staff was gracious and helpful, especially Jenny. She worked so hard, but always had a quick smile and a wink of an eye. There was so much to do in the area. We walked many of the coastal paths, revisited Port Isaac, popped in and out of many shops in the village, but always looked forward to returning to the hotel. On one occasion, the shuttle up the hill was not available, so Jackie, one of the owners, hopped in her own car and drove us into the village. That's the kind of hospitality we found every day. We met and chatted with people from all over the world, each enjoying their stay at the hotel. And there is parking available! It was very difficult to leave the hotel on Monday morning. We are going to try our best to get back to this wonderful hotel and stay for a week or more. It's a long way from Boston, MA, USA, but it's worth the effort.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 14 and felt it was a perfect room. It was very spacious and had a view of the har...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Service
1  Thank n0tahappytraveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I stayed for nearly a week in this fabulous little place with my sister and my mom. It is right next to (and a short walk to) Port Isaac which is the setting for the Doc Martin series. The setting is so magnificent, you can almost see the Cornish fishermen or famous Cornish Smugglers pulling their boats in as you watch the sunset over the water. You can wade far out into the caves during low tide just outside the doors of the hotel. The food is marvelous, and we found ourselves reluctant to venture out anywhere else to eat!! If you go, you HAVE to try the sticky toffee pudding. Words cannot describe. The hotel has an old-timey feel with skeleton keys for the doors, but the rooms have been very well and recently redone. There is lots to explore in the area, and it is a wonderful, quaint, relaxing place to which to return each night!! I would love to go back! It truly made our holiday a trip to remember!!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Thank dottiebdae
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 July 2014

called here for sunday lunch it was so good we went the following sunday excellent food and service. We were sat outside as the weather was hot and the staff even brought water for the dogs. Wwas on holiday and will be going back next year

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Service
Thank julie b
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Surely Treasure Island was written with this lovely little harbour and the hotel in mind, at the attractive and atmospheric hotel we expected to see a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder stood at the bar, we did see two local fishermen who were singers in the famous Fishermen's choir. Our four day stay was peaceful and idyllic and we just could not miss dinner every night in the well run hotel restaurant, we had pre-dinner drinks sat on the guests balcony and saw some wonderful sunsets. The menu was interesting and varied but we could not describe in words the superb dishes set before us, we went for the local fish dishes and every one was delectable, along with the excellent wine list, our favourite dish was the fish pie or for me was it the mountain of mussels so beautifully cooked in an exquisite sauce. Our room was large and very comfortable and even the noisy plumbing sounded like ships fog horns in the distance and not in the least disturbing. The unspoilt cove was a hive of boating activity with a lovely walk over the wooden bridge to natural beauty of the unspoilt cliffs, we fell in love with this place.

Room Tip: Two rooms overlook the harbour and open out on to the residents balcony.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank RodLaight
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Having just returned from our fabulous weeks holiday at The quirky and refreshingly different family run Port Gaverne Hotel, to say were extremely impressed would be an understatement. The new owners, no not managers! are doing an amazing job of bringing this once tired business up to the highest of standards, which had remained in a time warp for far too long. Whereas under the previous ownership the food offering had been acceptable but average, sometimes fresh, often frozen typical pub food.
Now everything is freshly cooked and sourced locally. In particular, their crabs, lobsters are fish are caught right offshore by the village fishermen. We enjoyed everything from freshly made cream teas and delicious crab sandwiches, and yummy shepherd's pie from the bar menu, to the most exquisite "Michelin standard" fusion of flavours in the restaurant, all at very reasonable prices. The Executive Chef Chris and his team are to be highly commended for their faultless cooking. Whether your taste is fine dining or something simple, they are catering for all tastes. Whilst I can understand that some people resist change, life does move on, and I for one would consider or expect new owner to run a business in the same way as before. When businesses are doing their utmost to implement changes for the better, to see negative and sometimes cruel and unfair comments must be soul destroying for the owners and staff alike. For us the fond memories will linger on. In particular, the amazing characters on the staff, and the wonderful local customers ( Yes the locals do still go there) We chatted to them each day, thay are so friendly. Look out for some of them. David the eccentric owner, buzzing around everywhere making things happen, Jenny in the restaurant, who is steadfast and busy, Paul, the owners nephew who you will see performing different roles during the day,
Izzy the spaniel who thinks she is the receptionist, her owner Jeanette who has been at Port Gaverne forever, and actually is in charge of reception, and also the lovely Sandy. The downstairs housekeeper who tells everyone to " Stay off my floor it's still wet" and Sue behind the bar who goes the extra mile to always look her best, (and she does) not forgetting Dwayne the maintenance manager who is always doing something. Sorry I can't remember all the other names but you know who you are.
Absolutely priceless! But then again this is Doc Martin country. Should you choose to visit, you will also meet guests from all over the world, who are here to see the film locations, and the fantastic local and now famous shanty singers, The Fishermans Friends.
This wonderful place has to be Port Isaac's best kept secret.
Many thanks to everyone who made our holiday so very special.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view room, or one with a balcony.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank soo33
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Port Gaverne
0.4 mi away
The Slipway B & B
The Slipway B & B
#2 of 4 in Port Isaac
449 reviews
1.1 mi away
The Longcross Hotel & Gardens
4.7 mi away
St. Moritz Hotel
St. Moritz Hotel
#1 of 4 in Wadebridge
990 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.4 mi away
Old School Hotel
Old School Hotel
#1 of 4 in Port Isaac
443 reviews
8.8 mi away
The Wellington Hotel
The Wellington Hotel
#1 of 2 in Boscastle
516 reviews
5.3 mi away
The St Enodoc Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Port Gaverne Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Port Gaverne Hotel

Address: Port Gaverne | Port Issac, Port Gaverne PL29 3SQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Port Gaverne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Port Gaverne
Price Range: £130 - £175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Port Gaverne Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The AA 5 star, 2 Rosette rated 17th-century Port Gaverne Hotel is nestled in a beautiful secluded cove on North Cornwall’s dramatic coast. Enjoy seasonal, star-quality food inspired by the bounty on our doorstep. Relax in our traditional old bar with slate floors, wooden beams and a wide range of proper ales. Your dishes will be cooked simply and with integrity by Head Chef James Lean and his team, who have learnt their trade under some of the UK’s top Michelin-star chefs. With antique furniture and traditional features, no two bedrooms are the same at Port Gaverne. Facilities include free wifi, Sky TV, Nespresso coffee machines, en-suite bathrooms with a hairdryer and Molton Brown toiletries. And a hearty full Cornish breakfast is always included in the price. The beautiful, peaceful North Cornwall Heritage Coast is on our doorstep, with the beach just moments away. Port Isaac is a 5-minute walk away, or the large sandy beach at Polzeath is a 15-minute drive. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Odigeo and Agoda so you can book your Port Gaverne Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Port Gaverne Hotel Cornwall

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing