This foodie town is just on your doorstep and well worth exploring during your stay.
At the head of the Camel River Estuary, Padstow is a brilliant little town with a bustling fishing port. It has an incredibly rich history which is reflected in the town’s hotch-potch mix of buildings and in the many festivals such as the famous ‘Obby Oss which takes place in May. Today Padstow draws foodies, beach lovers and explorers alike. As well as it’s fascinating harbour, there are seven idyllic bays within a 5 minute drive, the beautiful Camel Estuary and the South West Coastal path on your doorstep to explore, as well as a huge selection of places to eat – you couldn’t ask for a more perfect holiday mix.
With the stunning north coast on your doorstep, what could be better than donning your boots and getting out and exploring on foot? From the picturesque Camel Trail to the breathtaking Padstow and Stepper Point Walk, the views are breathtaking and well worth the effort. Or if you’re more of a beach lover, there’s literally one beach for every day of the week all within an easy drive, each of them picture-perfect. You might like to catch the ferry over to Rock, a lovely little town just a short trip across the estuary, or explore the pretty Prideaux Place – a lovely Elizabethan manor house, or even adopt a lobster at the National Lobster Hatchery. Whatever floats your boat, Padstow and the surrounding area will not disappoint.
Padstow is known to be the foodie capital of Cornwall, and not without reason. As well as being home to Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth, there are lots of fab up-and-coming chefs in the area and more than a handful of amazing restaurants to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. From tucking into fish and chips wrapped in paper and tea and cake at Cherry Trees Coffee house, to something a little more refined at Paul Ainsworth at No 6, there’s something for everyone. Or if you fancy cooking for yourself, what could be better than buying fresh seafood straight from the harbour’s edge and bringing it back to Trevear?
Whether it’s a pint of something locally brewed, a sparkling Cornish brut or an excellent cuppa you’re after, Padstow doesn’t disappoint. With tucked-away pubs, lovely little tea room, its own microbrewery and even a wine merchants, you’re guaranteed to be able to whet your whistle with something delicious. BinTwo is an excellent independent wine merchant with cosy rooms and a wine terrace, the Padstow Brewing Company is an award-winning brewery where you can have a tour and even brew your own beer, and if you’re up for exploring a little further afield a must-see is the Camel Valley vineyards – take a tour, taste the wines and maybe take home a few bottles to recreate the taste of Cornwall back home.