Rick Stein has changed Padstow from a peaceful fishing village into a cosmopolitan foodie destination. What hasn’t changed are the perfect seaside setting, just across the Camel Estuary from Rock, the rows of pretty pastel cottages and the fishermen bringing in their nets. It takes a lot of fish to supply Rick’s collection of restaurants, his hotel - which appears on our Guru’s list of the best places to stay in Padstow-, his cooking school and his fish and chip bar.
A lot of people aspire to having a second home in Padstow - and some lucky people do, but the West-London-on-Sea effect has its pros, and there are some excellent boutiques and great hotels. But Padstow is still affordable, and two of our recommendations for the best places to stay in Padstow start from under £100 a night.
As well as the new boutiques, galleries, bars, restaurants and cafes squeezed into Padstow’s narrow lanes and seafront, Padstow still has some of the pasty shops and pubs of yore. And it’s got dozens of beaches, all facing different directions, so you can be sure of finding a sheltered option whatever the wind and tide are doing. Or a rollicking one if you came here to surf.
If you’re here for a foodie break and have tried Stein’s seafood in Padstow, you might also consider heading across the estuary in one of the little yellow ferries to sup on the Michelin starred offering of Nathan Outlaw in Rock.
Under the same ownership for over 20 years, Treverbyn House is a well oiled machine. With just three rooms, each individually decorated with exposed wood floors, antique furnishings, fireplaces and impressive views. A famous Full English is served. The property is a short walk from Padstow Harbour.
Charismatic owners, Hugo and Pippa, ensure that guests have an unforgettable stay. Breakfast is a veritable feast and Hugo's granola is sold throughout Padstow. Antique filled, brightly coloured rooms and bathrooms are Victorian in decor and proportions. There is a delightful terrace and garden.
Beautifully simple rooms attached to Rick Stein's renowned restaurant. Splashes of blue's and white give a Cornish flourish. Friendly and well trained staff are a pleasure. The restaurant hardly needs an introduction. The perfect weekend escape.