If you look just above the 'S' of 'Slipway Hotel' on the canopy in the pic of the Hotel, that was our room, with super little balcony and view over the harbour!
Great location - obviously more so for Doc Martin aficionados:) The staff was attentive and the 'resident's' entrance and lounge proved a real bonus. The rooms, whilst a tad cramped for the money (£150 p.n. B&B), were clean and well maintained. Breakfast and dinner was fine, despite the guy in the party of four who sat down next to us for dinner at 8.30pm in a totally inebriated state and had to keep exiting with support to get fresh air. He could hardly stand up and would definitely have been ejected at a football game:(!! Allegedly he was a local restaurateur!:)
Preprandial and also after-dinner drinks at either The Golden Lion (aka Crab and Lobster, where we chatted with the film crew!!) and also the Mote are a must - the Mote's Irish coffees are "to die for" and we much appreciated the rugs and overhead heaters, even in May! Bert Large was dining there right outside with some friends as we first arrived at the Slipway Hotel just opposite. Clearly safe from food poisoning that night!! LoL:)
We 'did' the walk up the hill, past the 'Doc's' house and Bert's cafe, right around the headland over to Port Quin. Be warned!! It might only be 3.5 miles or so, but it is steeply up and down most of the way and took us around 2 and a half hours!! Normally we would expect it to take at least an hour less. On arriving in Port Quin, we looked for the welcoming pub - err, there's not one. I guess we should have checked. Still, at the back of the grass car park we found the mobile Citroen van 'cafe' and enjoyed two highly priced small cardboard cups of coffee and shared a crab sandwich. Total £13! We have now been reminded of what a 'captive and needy' audience is! Thank the good lord that there was a much more direct pathway back across the fields to Port Isaac, around 2 miles+ which took us just 45 mins, as it was mostly level!! Amazing difference - we were very grateful for the shortcut back.
On our second night we dined at The Edge, up on top of the village on the road over to Port Gaverne. Stunning cliff top views right around the bay as far as Tintagel itself - upstairs, in what is a 'nouveau' eatery allegedly favoured by the Doc himself:). Great food, attentive service and decent wine offering. Would do again!
We would definitely recommend a weekend break at the Slipway, especially for its close proximity to such places as Tintagel, Padstow etc.. If staying longer, I would try their sister hotel, not far away at Trebarwith Strand - called "The Mill House". No Doc stuff there tho'!!:):)
A footnote: on the Sunday night we sat outside The Mote enjoying our after-dinner drinks and witnessed a VERY sad sight indeed - see our pic. The RNLI life boat crew had returned home and were cleaning down their rib and its equipment after attending the very tragic accident in the estuary at Padstow, late that Sunday bank holiday afternoon. It was an extremely 'quiet' and contemplative return home as anyone could ever imagine and I just want to state our entire admiration for the Port Isaac and all other RNLI crews who don't always get called to attend the more 'obvious' seafaring call-outs (for those must truly be bad enough) - but also to have to deal with the many other diverse (and often mortal) occurances around our coastline.
A huge one to you guys - utter and total respect!!!!!!!!!!!!
Obviously, if you can stretch to it, a sea view room is a 'must'!!
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