The rich fishing grounds around the southern part of the UK are served by a fascinating variety of ports and harbours.  In the south west, Brixham and Plymouth in Devon and Newlyn in Cornwall are the main fishing ports with their own auction markets. 

Travelling north from Newlyn, the next auction market to be found on the west coast of the UK is Fleetwood in Lancashire.  Travelling east from Brixham, your next most likely port of call will be Shoreham-by-Sea where Brighton and Newhaven Fish Sales Ltd will accept your fish by prior arrangement.


Polperro is a small fishing village 4 miles to the west of Looe. The River Pol runs down through the middle of the village which retains its narrow streets and many original fishermen's cottages.

The port's commercial survival and success before the twentieth century was due to the capture, process and export of the humble pilchard by the village fishermen.

When the fishery collapsed in the last century, tourism became the major source of income for the village.

Today, the port has a small but very efficient, mixed fleet of fishing vessels including crabbers, netters and trawlers.

Our lorries collect fish from Polperro the year round. The catches are brought up from the quayside by forklift trucks to a small parking area half way up the village main street.

If you are visiting the village, please show our drivers consideration. It is difficult for them negotiating the narrow streets and they do get fed up with washing blood, ice-cream and bits of clothing off their bumpers.

Polperro Harbour Trust:


Tel: 01503 274423

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