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Martin Clunes’ guide to Doc Martin's Port Isaac

23 September 2013

As Doc Martin returns to our screens this Monday, we catch up with the leading man for his top five north Cornish spots

Written By Jade Bremner 12:09 PM, 29 August 2013
Published in the Radio Times 29/08/2013

Martin Clunes aka Doc Martin in Port Isaac
Next week the grumpy doctor returns for more cosy drama in the quaint Cornish village of Port Isaac. Last season, an average of 10 million of us tuned into each week to see Doc Martin's misadventures on the west country coastline. In anticipation of another bout of beautiful scenes, we catch up with the doctor himself – Martin Clunes – to discover his five best spots to visit in the area...

Martin Clunes Doc Martin and Port Quinn

1. Port Quin

The small cove and hamlet on the north Cornish coast is where Clunes likes to walk his dog, along the cliff overlooking the bay. Clunes says: “It’s an old fishing village along the coast from Port Isaac. There’s a beautiful crenelated folly there called Doyden Castle, built about 1830 by Samuel Symons, which we used as Pentire Castle at the end of season five."

Martin Clunes aka Doc Martin and The Edge Restaurant

2. The Edge Restaurant

This little eatery overlooking the Port Isaac Bay and Port Gavern serves hearty English grub, including free-range produce from the neighboring farms and freshly caught fish from the ocean. “It's the restaurant at the top of the village where we have our wrap party at the end of each season,” explains Clunes. “They buy the food locally, in season, and support ethical farming. The views are amazing.”

Martin Clunes aka Doc Martin and Fern Cottage

3. Fern Cottage

Although you can’t actually go in, many people seek out the Doctor’s house on Roscarrock Hill in order to snap a picture outside. Clunes is particularly fond of its garden. “Doctor Martin’s house actually has two gardens,” says Clunes, “one that we use and one just up the cliff a little. When filming gets hectic and I need a bit of peace I can go up to the secret garden, look out to sea and get some space.”

Martin Clunes aka Doc Martin and Delabole

4. Delabole

The third highest village in Cornwall is six miles away from Port Isaac and known for its 500 feet deep slate quarry. The striking man-made site is worth a visit, but this is also where the Doc Martin crew hang out after hours. “It’s the village I stay in when we’re filming [the series],” reveals Clunes. “I have too many lines to learn to stay in the Golden Lion [in Port Isaac]. It's not as picturesque but it’s got a friendly, close knit community.”

Martin Clunes aka Doc Martin and coffee shop

5. Potters cafe

In the centre of  Port Isaac's old fishing village, in a beautiful higgledy piggledy building, visitors will find this charming little eatery selling sandwiches, salads and cream teas. Under its former name, Victoria House Café, the owners would sell Doc Martin memorabilia. “We had a deal,” explains Clunes, “I’d sit there with a coffee signing memorabilia and the money from the signed stuff goes to local charities.”

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