There’s a wonderful mix of ambiences about Polperro that make it a fine spot for a wedding, blending the decidedly dangerous aspects of its history like smuggling and buccaneering with the Bohemian notes that come from the painters who’ve loved it over the centuries, and the rather more homely side of its place in many of our hearts as one of the loveliest tourist spots on Cornwall’s Southern Coast (and that’s saying something). The sometimes incredibly narrow streets of whitewashed cottages with grey slate roofs add to the feeling of nestling into comfort that the very location gives, the village tucked beneath a steep combe. And it’s quiet too, with no visitors’ cars allowed these days.
Fishing still goes on from the picturesque and very protected little harbour, though (perhaps happily for gourmets) the pilchards once predominant in the catch have long since been superseded by the likes of monkfish, scallops, gurnard and flatties – so plenty of ideas there for a course or two at your wedding breakfast – and you can do far worse than wash it down with some of the county’s sparkling wine if that tickles your fancy, or scrumpy if you’re a traditionalist, or maybe French brandy if you’re a romantic and fancy clinking glasses with history, though it won’t be smuggled nowadays we trust.
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