A brooding hero, urgent canters across rain-lashed headlands and a Gordian knot of love entanglements – yes, Poldark is due to return to our screens this summer. So saddle up and visit some of the series’ rugged locations, along with romantic places to stop over and savour Cornish cooking
Start your gourmet gallop on The Lizard where the resplendent white sands and towering rock stacks at Kynance Cove make a perfect double for Poldark’s treasured Nampara Cove. For even more dramatic scenes, button your waistcoat and take a windswept walk along the headland at Predannack Wollas (where Poldark regularly charges about on horseback) and a visit to Gunwalloe (famed for the nighttime shipwreck scenes).
After all that exhilarating salty air, head to the fishing village of Porthleven for lunch. We can’t promise you one of Demelza’s stargazy pies but for fresh fish you can’t do better than a hot plank of Cornish crab cakes, king prawns and mussels at Amélies, or a sharing platter of globally-inspired dishes at Rick Stein (pictured). If you’re staying to explore the village then book into Kota. The 300 year old building, now a restaurant with rooms, is an atmospheric backdrop for Jude Kereama’s Asia-meets-New Zealand fusion dishes.
Otherwise, pay a visit to pretty Porthcurno (also used as a location for Nampara Cove) followed by a trip to 2 Fore Street Restaurant in Mousehole. Stare moodily across the ocean à la Ross Poldark while dining on an abundance of local seafood before enjoying sweet slumber at The Old Coastguard just down the road.
Next morning, fasten your breeches and head up to Cornwall’s north coast where abandoned buildings at the National Trust’s Botallack stand in for Poldark mines Wheal Leisure and Grambler. After a weatherbeaten wander along the Tin Coast you’ll be ready for tea and cake at the Count House Workshop.
For crashing waves and a cracking lunch, break the next part of your journey at the Porthminster Beach Café in St Ives before heading up the coast to St Agnes Head (this spectacular stretch of coast was used in filming to represent the Nampara Valley, part of Poldark’s family estate).
If you want to be especially close to the elements, grab a fresh-dough pizza from The Cornish Pizza Company and devour it up on the headland. Otherwise cosy up next to a woodburning stove with a pint of Lou’s Brew in St Agnes’ The Driftwood Spars. The dining room with its spectacular views and comfy B&B accommodation means you probably won’t budge until morning.