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The Square at Porthleven

The Square at Porthleven

IN: Cornwall Food & Drink (UK) April 5, 2013 8:16 am 1 comment

The Square at PorthlevenA top class restaurant without breaking the bank

In my 4 days Easter vacation in Cornwall I had the opportunity to try a few restaurants & pubs, and luckily I came across The Square at Porthleven. I was fortunate to find a table for Easter Sunday at lunch, I booked phoning on Good Friday and it was the last available for Easter!

The Square at Portleven is a restaurant located in the heart of the wonderful town of Porthleven overlooking the harbour. It’s the sister restaurant of the award-winning and more famous “The Victoria Inn” in Perranuthnoe.

This restaurant has been one of my best food discoveries of my vacation: adorable location, stunning food and great value for money. I couldn’t ask more for Easter!

Overlooking the picturesque harbour of Porthleven, the restaurant is probably in the best location possible in the area. The atmosphere inside is welcoming, relaxing, warm and with a modern touch. A couple of tables can benefit from an incredible view from the glass wall.

The Menu

The Square at Porthleven is mainly specialised in fish based dishes. The menu changes daily according to what is available. The fish comes directly from the fishermen of the area. Local is best, and they definitely serve local fresh ingredients.

My Easter Lunch has been a joyful explosion of delectable flavours. I loved every single dish. The special Easter menu was alluring and it took me a good fifteen minutes to decide what to eat, each dish was so tempting!

Eventually I chose:

Starter: Crispy blue cheese arancini served with pear & walnut salad and blue cheese dressing;

Main: Crispy Cornish fishcake accompanied with real chips, rocket and tomato salad and spicy ketchup;

Dessert: Vanilla crème brûlée with poached plums, red wine syrup and chocolate shortbread;

Wine: A glass of Red Wine, Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy.

Crispy blue cheese aranciniThe starter was sensational. The arancini is a typical dish from Sicily and I ate them many times in the biggest Italian island, so I didn’t expect to have the best Arancini of my life in the middle of Cornwall! Surprise: this was indeed my best Arancini. The recipe is a revisited version of the sicilian traditional one, transforming a good dish to extraordinary.

In Sicily you can have an Arancino almost in any restaurant and food place. It’s a poor and simple dish. The Chef of The Square at Porthleven made a simple dish become a top class restaurant plate, adding a touch of creativity with the pear & walnut salad and the blue cheese, which is not part of the traditional recipe. The joint flavours gives you an incredible taste and the outside of the arancini were crispy and perfectly fried.

Crispy Cornish fishcakeThe main course was very enjoyable:

a cornish fishcake served with real chips.

You could taste the freshness of the fish.

I liked the combination with the spicy ketchup. The real chips were perfect: big and crispy, very tasty.


Crème brûléeThe dessert was ambrosial. One of my best crème brûlées ever!

It was served with poached plums and a red wine syrup which helped to bring a worldwide popular and loved dessert to a whole new level. The dish was accompanied with a yummy chocolate shortbread, which was sublime! I loved the plating, very creative.


The restaurant was full and despite this service was efficient. The waitress was friendly and helped to make the entire experience perfect!


This restaurant should definitely be considered as a gourmet place and in my opinion it deserves an acknowledgment. Price is totally reasonable with the quality of dining experience a guest will have. I paid around £25 per person, including a glass of red wine.

Real Chips Inside The Square at Porthleven Poached Plums Vanilla crème brûléeVanilla crème brûlée: real vanilla at the bottom


7 Fore Street, Porthleven, Cornwall TR13 9HQ

Phone: 01326 573911

My Rating: 5 / 5

Impartial and Clear Review Disclosure

Invited by PR company? NO
Guest of the Chef or Restaurant Owner? NO
Restaurant knew I was a Blogger ahead of ordering? NO
Was the meal comped by the restaurant? NO
Any complimentary items provided by the restaurant? NO

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  • Bernie Doeser

    I can confirm this review (I live near Porthleven). One of the top four restaurants in West Cornwall alongside Kota (also in Porthleven), The Victoria Inn (Perranuthno) and the Greenhouse Organic Restaurant (St Keverne). Suggest you book a table away from the door particularly in winter. Your only problem will be deciding what to eat. Booking recommended.

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