Looe is a small coastal town and fishing port in south-east Cornwall, England. Looe is in fact two towns, East Looe and West Looe, connected by the bridge across the River Looe. The towns are situated around a small harbour and along the steep-sided valley of the River Looe which flows between East and West Looe to the sea beside a sandy beach. Off shore to the west, opposite the stonier Hannafore beach, lies the picturesque St George's Island, commonly known as Looe Island. Visitors today can enjoy its unspoilt beauty.
Come to Looe, you will love this picturesque magical Cornish fishing village with quaint old buildings, twisting streets, and smugglers taverns.
Looe's history is closely entwined with the sea and the men who fish there.
In exchange for Cornish fish, the Looe fishermen benefited in wool, corn, slate, French salt and wine, and wood and iron from Spain. With the discovery of Newfoundland in 1497,the word quickly spread to Looe fishermen who began summer voyages across the Atlantic to reap the rich cod grounds.
Looe remains a fishing town, and several fish dealers operate from the docks of East Looe. With its fleet of small fishing boats returning their catches to port daily the activities of the fishing fleet are a constant fascination to all, Looe has a reputation for producing excellent fresh fish.
Looe's main business today is, however, tourism, with much of the town given over to hotels, guest houses and holiday homes, along with a large number of pubs, restaurants, and shops selling beach equipment, ice cream and Cornish pasties. Inland there are many camping and caravan sites, as well as the famous Woolly monkey sanctuary.
You may be looking for an old fashioned seaside holiday - sun, sand and sea. You don't have to look much further than Looe with its wonderful sandy beach and shallow seas.Plus a wealth of rock pools for the children to investigate. The safe bay and estuary are a favourite with sailing, motorboat and water sports enthusiasts.
The town is also a centre for shark fishing, and is the home of the National Shark Angling Club of Great Britain with folks sharing the excitement of weighing in the game fish at the headquarters.
A unique photo of the famous Looe lugger Our Daddy c1961.
This can be purchased in the Looe Portfolio
BUSINESSES IN AND AROUND LOOE
Tredinnick Farm Shop & Tearooms.01503 240992 Between Hessenford & Looe. Food For My Holiday
Kinrowan Park, Trerulefoot, Saltash, Cornwall, offer weekend, midweek and week stays in their lodges, static caravan and cottage and for the campers and tourer's stay as little as 1 night. 01503 241252 or 07980 176428. kinrowan park
Trawlers Restaurant. The Quay, East Looe, Cornwall. tel 01503 263593
Pepes Restaurant. Buller St, Looe. tel 01503 262057
The Old Sail Loft, Quay Street, Looe. tel 01503 262131
Fourniers. Lower Chapel St, Looe. tel 01503 262674
Fieldhead Hotel . Portuan Rd, Looe. tel 01503 262689
Bywater Restaurant. Lower Market Street, Looe. tel 01503 262314
The Pasty Shop Buller St. East Looe Cornwall.01503 263973
Papa Nino Restaurant Itailano. Higher Market St, Looe. tel 01503 264231
Smugglers Cott, Middle Market St, Looe. tel 01503 262397
Ye Old Cottage Restaurant. Middle Market St, Looe. tel 01503 262770
Pengelly's Fishmongers The Quay Looe Cornwall PL13 1DB Looe 01503 262246 Liskeard 01579 340777
Moonlight Restaurant .Fore St, East Looe, tel 01503 265372
Mawgans Higher Market St, Looe. tel 01503 265331
Morrells Bistro. Higher Market St, East Looe. tel 01503 263604
Tom Sawyers Tavern Ltd. Marine Drive, Looe, Cornwall. tel: 01503 262782
The Waterfront, Marine Drive, Looe .tel 01503 264953
Golden Guinea Restaurant. Fore St, East Looe, tel 01503 262780
Peking Gardens. Fore St, East Looe, tel 1503 264500
Kelly's Of Looe. Fore St, East Looe. tel 01503 263381
Barclay House, St. Martins Road, East Looe, Cornwall, UK Tel: 01503 262929
The Liscawn Inn Crafthole,Near Torpoint,Cornwall, PL11 3BD, Tel: 01503 230863
Gill & Martin Bridges, Polraen Country House Hotel, Sandplace,Looe,Cornwall PL13 1PJ Tel: +44 01503 263956
Trehaven Manor Hotel, Station Road, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1HN Tel: 01503-262-028