Aug 12

Sunset at Polkerris Beach in Cornwall

by in Food & Drink, Holiday, Personal, UK

There’s something essentially English about a beach in Cornwall. Maybe it’s in our DNA to hanker after a curvaceous bay with rocky pools brimming with sealife, a goldne beach on which to create transitory castles and a sea that obligingly provides waves big enough to surf on but not too mighty as to put off the paddlers. Our literary heritage is littered with Cornish seascape. The ghosts of Enid Blyton and Daphne du Maurier flit across the sand and Poldark gallops endlessly along the headland.

Boats on Polkerris Beach - photo zoedawes

Boats on Polkerris Beach

On a recent visit to the Eden Project, I asked where I could find a good Cornish pub or restaurant by the sea and was directed to Polkerris Beach. Luckily I had a satnav and directions as I would never have come across it by accident. Not far from Daphne du Maurier’s home, Menabilly, this attractive harbour bay, is reached down a narrow lane; vehicles have to be left at a car park a few hundred yards from the shore.

Polkerris Beach Cornwall - photo zoedawes

Polkerris Beach

Arriving at sunset, Polkerris Beach was fairly quiet. A few children were still making sandcastles, someone was paddling on a surfboard, a dog leapt about in excited delight and a couple wandered hand in hand across the vivid green seaweed. To the left a group of teenagers were clambering over the harbour wall and there was a lovely view of St Austell Bay towards Black Head and pretty Mevagissey.

Sunset at Polkerris Beach Cornwall - photo zoedawes

Sunset at Polkerris Beach

The tiny hamlet of Polkerris has a few self-catering cottages, a little shop, art gallery, watersports centre and a pub, the Rashleigh Inn, with a fine ship’s figurehead overseeing the visitors. There’s also an excellent seafood restuarant called Sam’s on the Beach, and I was lucky to get a seat at one of the trestle tables looking out to sea.

Rashleigh Inn and Sam's on the Beach Polkerris Cornwall - image zoedawes

Rashleigh Inn and Sam’s on the Beach

What a great choice that was. I ordered the pan-seared seabass with local prawns, crispy seaweed, new potatoes and salad, accompanied by a golden St Austell beer. The seating arrangements mean you may be sitting next to other diners and I was soon chatting to a very friendly couple who live near Fowey and clearly love this picturesque part of SW England.

Seabass and prawns Sams on the Beach Polkerris Cornwall - photo zoedawes

Seabass and prawns – Sam’s on the Beach

Obviously popular with families, Polkerris Beach in Cornwall is probably packed during the summer holidays and not easy to get a seat at the table, but on a beautiful evening in late June, it was quite simply perfect …

More about Cornwall: Summertime in the Garden of Eden Project

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9 Responses to “Sunset at Polkerris Beach in Cornwall”

  1. From Zoe Dawes:

    Here’s a secret – along with many, many others, I would LOVE to live in Cornwall. But the crowds put me off. Living up in NW England I’ve got used to quieter roads and less traffic jams … But every so often I get the urge to head south …

    Posted on August 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm #
  2. From Carol Jennings:

    Looks lovely – one for our bucket list!

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 11:10 am #
  3. From Zoe Dawes:

    Highly recommend Polkerris Carol – and many other Cornish beaches. Just try to avoid August!

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 3:32 pm #
  4. From Alex Dawes:

    That seafood looks really tasty. I remember surfing in Cornwall – good fun 🙂

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm #
  5. From Zoe Dawes:

    Yes, we had some wonderful holidays in Devon and Cornwall over the years 🙂

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 5:36 pm #
  6. From A Lady in London:

    Wow, looks like a lovely place! Cornwall always impresses me with how beautiful it is!

    Posted on August 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm #
  7. From Zoe Dawes:

    Yes, Julie, Cornwall is lovely, isn’t it 🙂 Spring and autumn are great times to visit as you get the beaches more to yourself and the weather can often be kind. Of course, this coast also gets some spectacular storms too.

    Posted on August 26, 2015 at 10:03 am #
  8. From Jason Evans:

    We LOVE Cornwall, and finding quieter, unspoilt beaches is what we do when we go on holiday. Not been here so adding it to the list.

    Posted on June 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm #
  9. From Zoe Dawes:

    It’s a very pretty beach Jason. As with most beaches in Cornwall, it’s not exactly unknown, but because it’s a bit out a trek to get there, it’s less busy than many there.

    Posted on June 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

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