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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.
- Rick Stein’s famous Seafood Restaurant now has 39 rooms attached - scattered around six different buildings throughout Padstow. They’re simple rooms, in Cornish blues and white, and right on the docks, where you can watch the fishermen bringing in the catch ready to serve up in your hotel’s restaurant.
- Treverbyn House has just there rooms, each individually decorated with antiques and offering beautiful views down onto Padstow and out into the harbour. You’re just a short walk from some amazing beaches and some amazing food - though the Full English served here is supposed to be very good.
- Woodlands Country House is an antique-filled, brightly coloured Victorian conversion with just eight rooms and a delightful terrace and gardens.
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Best Hotels in Padstow
Treverbyn House 3 rooms from $92Padstow, Cornwall
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.Surfing - Cornwall has the best surf beaches in the country. Harlyn Surf School caters for beginners and improvers.Local markets - Padstow Harbour, a traditional fishing town, is worth a wander.Sailing - Daily boat trips run from Padstow to Rock.Full of character
Woodlands Country House 8 rooms from $120Padstow, Cornwall
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.Surfing - Cornwall has the best surf beaches in the country and Waves Surf School provides lessons for all abilities.Sights nearby - The Eden Project is a must visit for the family and horticultural enthusiasts alike.Sailing - There are daily boats to the pretty seaside town of Rock.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Sawdays
Seafood Restaurant 32 rooms from $135Padstow, Cornwall
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.Foodies - Renowned for his seafood prowess this restaurant has become a must visit for all foodies in Padstow.Back to Nature - Right on the sea, watch the fisherman at work, before head out on an exhilarating coastal ramble.Fishing - Leave from Padstow harbour for a morning fishing trip and hopefully catch some dinner!Sailing - Sail out of Padstow and explore the beautiful coastline, an idyllic day out.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Padstow Townhouse 6 rooms from $343Padstow (North Cornwall)
A chic converted townhouse. Six beautifully designed suites give a traditional feel with antique style furniture off set with state of the art mod-cons and luxurious modern bathrooms. There's no restaurant on site but the owner's excellent Number 6 is just down the road. A charming option.Local exploring - Situated in the heart of Padstow and within striking distance of the coast and surrounding countryside.Foodies - With Paul Ainsworth as the co-owner his excellent restaurant Number 6 is not to be missed.Sights nearby - Visit the majestic Prideaux Place and stroll through the formal gardens and deer park.Great walks - Take a long coastal walk along the rugged coastline.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide