There is a memorial dedicated to servicemen who lost their lives in Burma during World War II, and the area attracts many artists. There is also an old seaman’s chapel where the pious founder, William Billing, fisherman, is buried beneath his own pulpit. Five minutes up the hill lies its twin village of Gerrans with its parish church, pub, shops and breathtaking views across the bay.
Why not spend a day doing a circular walk starting from Portscatho, heading west on the coastpath to St. Anthony’s Head, then on through the grounds of the beautiful Place House (formerly home of the Spry family) and the church before cutting inland to Froe, Bohortha or Porth and heading back to Portscatho? It is all quite well signposted to make it easier. Further afield, you can visit Flambards for a great family day out, or the seal sanctuary at Gweek or the villages of the Lizard Peninsula. Make it even more exciting and shorter) by catching the ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth to cut out roads via Truro.
The local pub is the 18th century dog-friendly The Plume of Feathers in the heart of the village, yet still a stone’s throw from the beach, which serves great food and a large selection of drinks. The Driftwood is a Michelin-starred restaurant just a short jaunt away, overlooking the turquoise waters of Gerrans Bay, or maybe try the rather different Hidden Hut, set on the coast path on the cliffs above Porthcurnick Beach, for fresh, seasonal cooked food in the sea air. It is a little tricky to get to so you need good mobility (there is no parking on site and the ground is fairly rugged). Dawn French described it as “yum yum in my tum” while no less than Rick Stein has descried it as “an unforgettable eating experience”. It certainly is one of the hottest snack stands around. Meanwhile up in Gerrans, you have another very decent pub, The Royal Standard.