The Slipway Hotel – Port Isaac, Cornwall
Situated in the heart of the Georgian village of Port Isaac is The Slipway Hotel. Made famous by the British ITV show ‘Doc Martin’, the village now experiences a bustling tourist trade, but this is also due to it’s quaint, idyllic setting.
The Slipway Hotel was our resting place during the New Year’s celebrations of 2014/2015. We booked the accommodation on Booking.com, and were delighted when the hosts at the Slipway Inn rang us personally to invite us for New Year’s dinner at their restaurant.
New Year’s Dinner is a bit of a thing in Port Isaac. There are only a couple of restaurants in the small town, and there are some serious seafood feasts to be had. Some can be quite pricey at £100 a head. The Slipway was much more reasonable.
There is a fantastic bar in the front of The Slipway Hotel, featuring local beer. I would say that there are some exclusive local beer, but the beer is so good that it is actually available all over the country!!
The Slipway Hotel dates backs to 1527. It was a shop in the 19th century selling all types of ship supplies and provisions out of what is now the two tiered restaurant. The Slipway was converted into a hotel in the mid twentieth century and has been gradually upgraded into its present state.
There are 10 rooms available, and the rooms at the front feature views of the harbour.
The breakfast is cooked and continental, a real treat compared with standard hotel breakfasts.
It is an amazing base for exploring the northern Cornish coastline, with Bude, Launceston, Tintangel and Padstow within easy distances.
We visited Rick Steins Fish restaurant in Padstow for lunch. That was something really special!