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Padstow in Cornwall is one of my favourite little places to visit and I have been there a number of times now. I was there last week for a couple of days as part of my recent holiday and had a wonderful time.
Padstow is a fishing port in the north of Cornwall, ten miles northwest of Bodmin and ten miles northeast of Newquay. It is set out really nicely so it makes it really fun to just wander around at your leisure. THe times I went there this holiday I drove and had to use one of the car parks. The nice thing is that they do have a few car parks but they can get very busy so you either have to get there early or park up in hill in the overflow car park. The car parks near the port were full by the time we got there so we had to park up a bit. Prices are about £2.20 for 2 hours and go up in increments, a bit pricey but this is what you find over the whole of Cornwall so I did not mind paying.
The port has quite a nice upmarket feel to it and I think this has much to do with the famous chef Rick Steins influence. He has opened a number of restaurants and cafes, fish and chip shops here and they pull in a nice clientele. We ate at his Seafood Restaurant one night which is about £67 for a three course taster menu and the food was absolutely wonderful. He also has a fish and chip takeaway and sit down restaurant near the port which serves cod and chips at £12 per person,v try pricey but very tasty. This is why however many of the locals don't like him as the popularity of the port and his influence has caused house prices to soar meaning that many locals cannot afford a house here anymore and only people from out of town buying second homes can. We sort of encountered this is a local pub which we went in for a drink after dinner. We got talking to a local and said where we had been and then he just sort of left us so obviously did not like the fact we had been to the restaurant.
There is a nice mix of touristy shops and more classic shops in Padstow. There are a lot of shops dedicated to surfing/boating etc with the nice clothing stores Quba Sails and Crew Clothing here. There is also a lot of nice art shops, one right across from the boats selling really good quality paintings by locals, framed for about £25-£75, really good value in my opinion.
There are some wonderful places to eat too. Everywhere you look you see people sitting on benches and walls eating lots of yummy fish and chips (mainly from the Rick Stein shop) and Cornish Pasties which are a must if you visit this part of the world. There are also some nice fudge and ice cream shops if you fancy a treat afterwards.
At the top of the hill there is a cute little 18 hole crazy golf game. It is about £5 per adult but is really good fun. The course is quite old and looks like it hasn't been updated for years but the views you get from the top are amazing looking out over the boats and well worth a little competitive giggle with the people you are with. As you walk on up the hill you come to some wonderful sandy beaches that in my opinion, if the weather is cooperating and is lovely and sunny rival any beaches you find abroad.
All in all a wonderful place to visit in Cornwall and one I definitely recommend.