The Old Sardine Factory, West Looe

The Old Sardine Factory building re-opened in July 2018, after a £1.7 million restoration project by its owners, Looe Harbour Commission. The vision was to breathe new life into this derelict Grade 2 listed building and to ensure its future as a vibrant asset to visitors and the community in Looe.


The original 19th century sardine factory was re-constructed with a new layout to benefit the wider community.

On the ground floor, Looe Harbour Commission runs Looe Harbour Heritage Centre and its Coffee Shop – through the main entrance doors.

Also on the ground floor is Adventure Fit Southwest’s Climbing Wall.

The Sardine Factory Restaurant is on the first floor, accessed by stairs or lift via the separate entrance door on the right on the Quay.
There are also local fishermen stores on the second floor.

To contact or book with any of the organisations in the venue, please see these links:

Looe Harbour Heritage Centre & Coffee Shop

2023 season: Monday 27th March – Sunday 1st October 


Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm
7 days –  School holidays 
6 days  – Term time (not Tuesdays)

Photo of a Cream Tea

A visit to the Heritage Centre offers a unique experience immersing you in the stories of maritime Looe; the story of the harbour, river and bridges. Plus all about Sardines!

You can also enjoy a table inside or out at the Coffee Shop with one of the most relaxing views of Looe River in West Looe. The simple tasty menu includes hot drinks from  Cornish Tea and Coffee, delicious, Cream Teas, sandwiches & paninis, cold drinks & snacks, 


Further information via the website:

The Sardine Factory Restaurant

To check opening times, see menus or book a table  – go to the Restaurant’s website:

Michelin Bib Gourmand. Innovative and modern coastal cuisine served using the freshest of day boat fish from Looe market opposite the restaurant. Ben Palmer’s food philosophy is to keep it simple and fresh, and let the ingredients do all the talking! 


Climbing Wall

There are 6 roped climbs*, and a low level traversing wall. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced climber, looking for a quiet indoor wall to practice and enhance their skills. There are automatic belay units on 3 climbs, including a chimney climb.

Advance booking online via the Adventure Fit SouthWest website (occasional walk-in slots may be available):