Padstow has always been a popular destination for holiday makers and in recent years has become a foodie paradise thanks to celebrity chefs Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth. There are many delightful cafes, pubs and restaurants to chose from in Padstow but Stein and Ainsworth have definitely cornered the foodie market. Ever since the BBC TV series ‘Rick Stein’s Taste of The Sea’ Padstow has been placed firmly on the map, gaining the dubious nickname ‘Padstein’. Stein statrted his Seafood Restaurant way back in 1975 and also runs a tea room and fish & chip restaurant in the village. Ainsworth, who trained with Gary Rhodes owns Ainsworth at Number 6 and Rojano’s In The Square.
Padstow is a thriving community based around a fishing and yachting harbour. The lanes are a delight to wander around where you can browse the quality shops or enjoy the old cottages and views towards the Camel Estuary. You can hire a bike and cycle all the way to Bodmin and back along the Camel Trail – a disused railway that runs along the scenic river Camel. Take the ferry to Rock or enjoy an exciting ride on a speedboat.
Above: The Camel Estuary
Above: Interesting buildings and alleys
For a quick light snack and drink you can’t beat the Java coffee shop, situated in the old cinema at 10 Lanadwell Street. A selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, biscuits and sandwiches are available. We can thoroughly recommend the bacon sarnies! They welcome dogs and offer a take-away service too. There are some greeting cards for sale as well. Tel: 01841 534950
Above: the lanes around Padstow (bottom right – The Dower House, being renovated)
Above: St Petroc’s Church
Above Prideaux Place
Above: The deer park at Prideaux Place
Above: Harlyn Bay & Polzeath
Walkers can also use the Camel Trail, or a stroll in the other direction takes you up over the cliffs with stunning views towards Polzeath and Daymer Bay. Benches line the path so you can take it easy! If you enjoy historic houses, Prideaux Place is an Elizabethan manor house lived in by the same family since 1592. The house and grounds are a delight to explore – there is also a tea room and deer park. Check their website for opening times. Slightly further afield Harlyn Bay offers life-guarded bathing for all the family with car parking, cafe, pub & toilets close to the beach. There is also a surf school.
Above: Looking towards Rock, and the Camel Estuary with hire bikes chained to railings
Padstow has always been one of our favourite destinations for days out and holiday and is fast becoming a magnet for the rich and famous. With house prices ranging from £190,000 to £2,160,00 there is something to suit everyone’s pocket. Your day to day requirements are also well catered for – Tesco supermarket, Post Office, banking, council offices, clubs, public transport, library, primary school, huge car park, doctors and dentists and much more!
Prideaux Place website: Prideaux Place
Padstow Tourist Info: Padstow Info
Above: One of Rick Stein’s restaurants – St Petroc’s Hotel and Bistro