Rock and Padstow, perched opposite each other on the Camel Estuary on the north coast of Cornwall, are amongst the most popular places in Cornwall to visit because they are natural raving beauties with glorious beaches! Both Padstow and Rock have excellent local restaurants, cafes and shops and in the summer months are buzzing with second home owners and visitors. The only real challenge is deciding Rock or Padstow? And then deciding on the best places to stay in Rock (and Padstow)!
The beach at Rock is a mile long with fine sand and is fringed by dunes. The water is calm and clear and perfect for many watersports. Rock also has a sailing club, and if you’re interested in surfing, Polzeath beach, has fabulous surf and a good Surf School: Surf's Up.
Rock is also littered with excellent, and often bustling, cafes and restaurants. For fish and chips, take the regular little yellow ferry across to Rick Stein's Fish & Chips and eat on the quayside.
The St Enodoc Hotel in Rock is family friendly without being entirely given over to the pleasure of under 8s. Bedrooms are more bedroom-y than hotel room-y and the food is fantastic, both in the smarter restaurant and the grill - even the bar snacks are memorable. Sailing and golf are key activities.
This is an incredibly pretty village it has pastel cottages and narrow streets full of character and Padstow has a dozen beaches, all facing different directions, so whatever the wind or the tide are doing it is possible to find a sheltered beach.
There is a scenic cycle path along the Camel Estuary where the estuary can be enjoyed without getting wet.
Then of course there’s Rick Stein’s food…
Accommodation at the Seafood Restaurant is unique - bedrooms are distributed around six different hotel buildings in Padstow. With a bright modern, beachy look, the rooms are extremely comfortable and an utter treat to return to after a good dinner at the restaurant.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Rock and Padstow for you?
Charming beachside hotel with views of Camel Estuary. Modern, breezy rooms are chic and comfortable. The lively restaurant serves healthy, modern dishes. Vibrant and cosy, with top marks for stunning location and warmth of service.
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.