Cornwall Living 2018

Porthleven’s finest

Inspiring independent businesses bringing, quality artisan produce back to the Fore.

Essa Collection

Chic and independent, Essa Collection stocks an original selection of women’s clothing and accessories, all chosen for their quality and individuality by entrepreneur and fashionista, Vanessa Stevens.

Vanessa tells us how she travels the world to find the best pieces for her customers. She explains: “If we like it, we aren’t constrained to just clothes,” something that’s evident as you peruse the array of handpicked clothes, scarves, bags and jewellery adorning the shelves. Also on display is a range of silver from Vanessa’s brother Craig, whose wares can otherwise be found on Porthleven market on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday as well as other events. This year, Essa introduced a new range of linen pieces, created by the store’s very own tailor in Bali. “I’m pleased to be able to offer something that we’ve designed, but that’s been created by the expert hands of a tailor half a world away.” She continues: “Moving forward, we want to be able to offer more of these tailored items, and with trips to both Thailand and India booked next year, the prospects are very exciting!” The boutique is completely unique, offering a personalised service that’s always ready to go the extra mile. So why not pop in and discover your new, elegant and individual style? 


5 Fore Street, Porthleven TR13 9HQ
01326 572236

Carla Regler photography

With its rolling countryside and dazzling coastal views, Cornwall has become a Mecca for artists. One such person to fall for its charms is Porthleven-based landscape photographer, Carla Regler.

From the raging Atlantic storms battering the seawalls of Porthleven to the beautifully still seas of Land’s End at dusk, Carla’s ability to capture Cornwall in all its moods is
awe-inspiring. Visit her gallery on Chapel Terrace, just off Fore Street, to view some of her stunning work in person.

Carla offers workshops to all abilities looking to hone their skills, both in west Cornwall, and abroad, from the rolling savannahs of Africa to the snowbound reaches of Iceland – each in its own unique light and focus. If your life through a lens could benefit from Carla’s expert tuition, get in touch.

Keep a look out for Cornwall Living’s official 2018 calendar, featuring some of Carla’s most evocative images. Remember: anybody can take a picture – it’s in capturing the moment that the skill truly lies. 

Carla Regler Photography and Gallery

Chapel Terrace, Porthleven TR13 9HS
01326 354171


If you are looking for something a little different for gifts or Christmas decorations this year then Stargazey Gifts & Home is the place to go. Stargazey can be found on Fore Street, the main road just up the hill from
the harbour.

Stargazey is all decorated to show just how fabulous their Christmas decorations from the likes of designer Gisela Graham work alongside other wonderful items, such as Made in Cornwall driftwood Christmas trees. There is also a great collection of gifts available at Stargazey that you won’t find on the high street, including ceramics, handmade cushions, and pure wool throws.  Stargazey is open right up to and including Christmas Eve – opening times can be found on its website. So if you feel like avoiding the hassle and rush of the main high streets this Christmas, why not pop into Stargazey, a warm welcome and a little bit of
magic awaits.


10 Fore Street, Porthleven TR13 9HJ
01326 569246

Twisted Currant

The Twisted Currant Tearoom, a delightful spot on Fore Street to stop for a drink and bite to eat, is approaching its third anniversary. Run by Susan and Michael Plant, the teamroom is proving to be more popular with each passing year, building a wonderful reputation for providing high quality, homemade cakes, cream teas and meals.
We catch up with Susan to discover the key to success.

“We source our produce locally,” explains Susan, “even our Tregothnan tea, which is grown in Cornwall less than 20 miles away. We pride ourselves with offering a wide range of meals, soups, pastries and cakes to cater for all requirements and lifestyle choices, with gluten, dairy, nut and soya free options, plus vegan and vegetarian.”

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re pleased to learn that Twisted Currant will be serving a traditional Christmas menu from the beginning of December, with plenty of festive fare. So why not join Susan, Michael and the team for a seasonal treat this Christmas? The homemade mince pies are a real must!


10 Fore Street, Porthleven TR13 9HJ
01326 565999

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