Padstow is a historic fishing port and the old town is full of charm with quaint little lanes and alleyways.
Padstow town beach is very child-friendly and gently-shelving. You can walk from here along the beach or cliffs to enchanting little coves, perfect for picnics. Our Padstow hotel and cottage provide great access to all local amenities and serve as a great base to enjoy the local surroundings.
Our Padstow hotel is the perfect place to retire to after a relaxing evening of great food. The town has become a ‘foodie heaven’ and there are a number of very good restaurants, cafes, bistros and pubs serving up ‘the local catch’. A little ferry runs across the estuary to Rock which also boasts a beautiful beach, impressive sand-dunes and some notable restaurants.
For the active, there is a very user-friendly cycle path from Padstow to Cardinham via Wadebridge which takes in glorious scenery. Cycle-hire is available. There is also the opportunity to sail, surf, kayak, water-ski and wind or kite-surf locally. Trevose and St Enodoc, both renowned golf courses, are close by.
Local Dining – a selection of our favourites.
Happily we have a wide range of eating places locally, all easily accessible from our Padstow hotel, ranging from traditional pubs to sophisticated fine dining. Most are extremely popular and, in season, you are advised to book early.
The Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, Padstow – need I say this is owned by Rick Stein?! This is a sophisticated and elegant restaurant, ideal for a special occasion and on the ‘must-do list’ for most foodies. Prices are high but worth it. Look out for Chateau Bauduc on the wine-list made by an ex-colleague of mine.
St Petroc’s Bistro, New Street, Padstow – another of Rick Stein’s restaurants – very good food in a relaxed atmosphere and less expensive than the Seafood Restaurant (above).
Middle Street Café, Middle Street, Padstow – The least expensive and most relaxed of Rick Stein’s stable of restaurants. Good food, good value.
Tel: (for all three of the above) 01841 532700
Bistro Margot, Dukes Street, Padstow – small (22 covers), very popular restaurant in middle of Padstow. The food is very good and good value hence the need to book well in advance. Tel: 01841 533441
No 6, Middle Street, Padstow – fine dining at a very high level of skill and sophistication. Paul Ainsworth is a chef with an excellent pedigree but his food is reasonably priced. Fantastic value set lunch.
Tel: 01841 532093
Pescadou, the Harbour Front, Padstow – spacious restaurant with strong seafood menu by the harbour. Tel : 01841 532359
Rojano’s in the Square, Padstow – pizza and pasta in Padstow. Recently taken over by the talented Mr Paul Ainsworth of No.6 so we are expecting good things. Great for children.
Tel: 01841 532796
The Journeyman, Melingey, near Little Petherick – the closest restaurant to Molesworth Manor (you can walk to there on the Saint’s Way – in daylight) in a very attractive old watermill. It offers a mix of British and very good Asian-influenced food (they do not take children under 12 years old). Tel: 01841 540604
Trevose Golf & Country Club, Constantine Bay – it offers un-interrupted views over the golf course to the magnificent coastline beyond. Sunsets there are beautiful. Reasonable food and plenty of room so a good option at busy periods. Non golfers welcome.
Tel: 01841 520397
The Glass House, Eddystone Road, Wadebridge –owned by my friend Tim Burridge. Open for morning coffee and afternoon tea as well as lunch and dinner. Good varied menu at reasonable prices it has plenty of space and is good for families. Tel: 01208 814800
The Raj – just off Eddystone Road, Wadebridge – this excellent Indian restaurant is well frequented by locals so book to be sure of a table.
Tel: 01208 895453
Fifteen @Watergate Bay, nr Newquay – Jamie Oliver’s restaurant has fabulous views over Watergate Bay. Dinner can be expensive but lunch is a very good option. Need to book well in advance. Tel: 01637 860877
Porthminster Beach Café, Porthminster Beach, St Ives –great place, right on the beach in St.Ives. It really has a good feel and delicious food. Ideal if you’re planning a day out in this picturesque town. You will need to book. Tel: 01736 795352 (you can get there by train from Lelant – further up the branch-line – and avoid the parking nightmare that is St Ives). The same people now have a restaurant (open in the season only) at Porthmeor Beach (just by the Tate).
Restaurants by ferry
You can take a foot-passenger ferry from Padstow Harbour to Rock on the other side of the estuary where there are a number of pleasant restaurants, all of them have plenty of seafood dishes on the menu.
Close to the ferry dock in Rock are:
Tides Restaurant above the Mariner’s Inn. Tel: 01208 863679
No.1 Rock Road . Tel: 01208 863008
A short walk from the ferry dock, in the St Enodoc Hotel is :
Nathan Outlaw’s Seafood Grill Restaurant . Tel: 01208 862737
The Pickwick Inn, St Issey, – the closest pub to us (you can walk there- in daylight only). Known for its food, it has a good, wide-ranging menu. Great views down to Padstow from the garden and also slides and swings for kids. Tel: 01841 540361
The Ring o’Bells, St Issey – good atmosphere, full of locals. Traditional pub food.
Tel: 01841 540251
The Cornish Arms, St Merryn
Situated in the old part of the village, opposite the church, this is a lovely, characterful, old pub. The menu is interesting and a change from the standard ‘pub grub’. Part of the Rick Stein stable. Tables can’t be pre-booked, just show up on the night, the earlier the better.
Earl of St Vincent, Egloshayle, Wadebridge - delightful old pub ,full of clocks. Good steaks. Tel: 01208 814807
The Quarryman, Edmonton, Wadebridge - great pub, variety of real ales and very good menu. Specials board which changes daily.
Tel: 01208 816444
Maltsters Arms, Chapel Amble (other side of Wadebridge) – a good pub with good food in a very pretty Cornish village. Tel: 01208 812473
St Kew Inn, St Kew (other side of Wadebridge) – great pub. Good food, bit of a drive but worth it. St Kew is just off the A39 heading north.
Tel: 01208 841259
Restaurants in Rock
You can take a foot-passenger ferry from Padstow Harbour to Rock on the other side of the estuary where there are a number of pleasant restaurants, all of them have plenty of seafood dishes on the menu. Close to the ferry dock in Rock are:
Tides Restaurant above the Mariner’s Inn – 01208 863679
No.1 Rock Road – 01208 863008
A short walk from the ferry dock, in the St Enodoc Hotel is:
Nathan Outlaw’s Seafood Grill Restaurant – 01208 862737