Cornwall LivingIssue #120

Boat to plate

Take a seat by the water and sample the freshest Cornish seafood, cooked and served next to the very quay on which it was landed.

Porthleven has, in recent years, become one of Cornwall’s most coveted destinations. Situated right on the South West Coast Path, perfect for anybody walking from the Lizard towards Penwith, the village has heritage firmly embedded in fishing – an occupation which many of the same families have been engaged in for generations. It is also a key pin on the map for curious foodies hoping to sample the best of Cornwall’s natural larder, especially the locally caught, seasonal seafood landed by day boats right on the quay. Many restaurants and cafés have found their feet here in the harbourside of Porthleven, and the beauty of them together is that they each offer something vastly different. Perhaps none more so, than Dan Dan the Lobster Man.

Created by local dad and daughter team, Dan Dan the Lobster Man can be found right on the edge of the harbour, with a fantastic view of the waters at the heart of Porthleven. Jasmine, 21, came up with the idea for the business, using her dad’s catch to offer fresh seafood to locals and visitors, straight from the boat to the plate. Promoting local, sustainable fishing is a high priority for the team who have formed a co-operative between themselves and the local fishermen, all of whom receive a fair price for their lobsters. 

Fresh lobster, crab and prawn salads, sandwiches and platters are on the menu, and visitors are free to bring their favourite wine along with them to pop into one of the wine coolers on hand. With a team made up of local family and friends, the staff are always smiling and ready to help with anything you might need, so make sure to stop by for a real taste of Cornwall. 


Dan Dan the Lobster Man

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