Stepping inside the Shipwrights in Padstow, your eyes immediately take in the details: the exposed wooden joists that rib the ceilings, the huge beams that frame the bar and the comfort of its contemporary adaptions. Originally built to serve the local fishermen and visiting tradesmen of the community, the pub retains an authentic charm whilst gracefully softening its edges to lend a modern touch. In short, it’s a great start.
Located on the edge of Padstow’s North Quay, the Shipwrights’ appeal is not only in its location, but its atmosphere. Somewhere you can turn to come rain or shine, in summer its beer garden and outdoor seating next to the water provide the perfect spot to sip on one of its house brews and watch the world pass by, whilst in winter the amber glow of its interiors and irresistible foodie smells draw you in from the cold. Both with formal seating and a more laidback bar area, it caters for everyone.
Should you wish to linger over their food menu, the dog-friendly pub-come-restaurant serves up a thoroughly accommodating menu of all sorts of pub classics, local delicacies and exotic twists. From hearty main courses of local seafood, juicy steaks and vegan-friendly alternatives to starters, light bites and sides, you can pick the perfect arrangement and appease your taste buds and tum with feel-good favourites.
Of course, you are not obliged to dine, and this is the kind of pub you can happily enjoy a couple of drinks, catching up with friends, escaping the rain or watching a sports game with the crowd. With plenty of cosy nooks decorated with nautical bric-a-brac to get comfortable in, lovely harbour views and a pool table at one end of the bar, you can chat away the hours enjoying the vibes.
Known for its convivial spirit, the Shipwrights also hosts events throughout the year, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on the pub’s social calendar. Once you’ve had your fill, return to your luxury self-catering cottage for an evening of feet-up, hair-down relaxation.