Padstow is a small town located in the South West of England. The town is a fishing port and is located in the county of Cornwall. This is a lovely quaint little Cornish town and is often a popular spot with tourists. The town has a population of just over three thousand people but it can often get quite crowded in the summer months when people are visiting the area. Cornwall is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in Britain and many people visit Padstow while they are on their holidays in the area.
If you are looking to stay in Padstow then there are a few hotels to choose from. The more well known ones include Damara House, Duke House and The Metropole Hotel. These are not really big hotels but they have good reputations for nice facilities and a good standard of service. There are a few more small bed and breakfast in the town but many people who wish to stay in the area head for the larger resort of Newquay which has many hotels ranging from large to small. There are plenty of nice holiday homes in the area which are a good option, most of these are set in lovely spots in the local countryside. There are also plenty of camp sites and caravan sites in the area which are good if you are looking for somewhere cheap to stay.
Padstow has recently been put on the map by the well known Chef Rick Stein. He owns a seafood restaurant in the town and people from all over the country come to eat at this exclusive restaurant. This has lead to other cafes and bars opening in the town and it really has done the local economy good. There are some nice little shops to enjoy in the town as well, a few galleries and places selling local crafts and souvenirs these are great to browse round and admire some of the local craftsmanship.
Padstow is probably best known for it's little port and fishing industry. The coastline in this area is quite rugged so there are not that many ports in the area. Padstow gets a large amount of people visiting because of the port, there are often lots of yachts in the harbour and these bring in extra tourism. The little port is an interesting place to look round as there is always plenty of activity.
There are some really nice little places around Padstow. The massive resort of Newquay is only about ten miles away and this is a place where there is plenty to keep visitors entertained. This section of coastline has some wonderful beaches that are great for surfing, there are some spectacular sections of cliffs and some stunning rock formation that are nice for walking around or along. There are plenty of quaint little Cornish villages that are also well worth exploring.
Padstow really is a lovely little town that is well worth a visit. There is plenty to see and do in the town itself and also in the surrounding area. Next time you are in the South West of England you really must go and give Padstow a visit.
I've just spent a lovely couple of days in Padstow, Cornwall and I thought I would share the experience.
Padstow is a historic fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall. It's a beautiful little harbour town that can be found on the Camel Estuary. Recent studies have noted the population as that of only just over 3,000 people so it's very small but very picturesque.
The main shopping/touristy area is located around the harbour which is the main focus of the town. The shops and restaurants almost form a sort of semi circle around the water which has quite a lot of small and medium sized boats moored along the way. I would say that if you wanted to walk to one end of town to the other it would probably take you about 15 minutes so again quite small but of course there are lots of interesting little shops and restaurants for you to browse your time away in.
At the end of the harbour the walk way leads away to the beaches and the sea. There is a nice grass hill walk way which is fairly steep but gives you great views over the valley and the town/beach. The path way then goes down to allow you access to the beautiful beaches. The beaches are sand not pebble which is lovely and the sand is really lovely and golden with crisp blue water. It's really a spectacular site.
The other end of town is dominated by Rick Stein, the celebrity chef and television personality. He has a number of businesses in town which often leads Padstow to be called Padstein! The Seafood Restaurant is his famous, upmarket restaurant and this is located at the far end of Padstow. The location is not brilliant, it looks over a car park but inside the decor and more importantly the food is second to none. The restaurant is quite light and airy with a bar in the centre and then tables around the edges and in the middle too. I would say it could probably seat 100 plus in an evening. Of course, being a fishing port his speciality is fish and this is the main ingredient on his menu. He does a tasting menu for approximately £64 each or you can pick from the full menu. The service was great, as was the meal and his restaurant is definitely one of the attractions of Padstow for me.
Outside this restaurant he also has a fish and chip take away and sit down restaurant. It's only open at certain times a day and beware, there will be a queue for the food. To sit down takes longer but if you want to take away your fish and chips then it will be about 15 to 20 minutes. It's a bit more expensive than regular fish and chips (£20 for two) but again, well worth it. He does the classics like cod/chips, haddock/chips but also does fried Monkfish for example which is delicious. You can also order grilled fish as well for a healthier option. My only criticism is that if you take away there is no specific area to sit down and eat it on, a few tables and chairs would be great but you can take it into town as there are quite a few public benches you can sit on.
The rest of the area is made up of your usual seaside shops but a bit more upmarket than some places with some really nice little gems too. There is a fudge shop selling local fudge, a shop selling shells, a great little toy shop, shops with buckets and spades, etc, a few ice cream shops, a few pasty shops (a Cornish pasty is a must when you are in Cornwall) and then there are some great little beach clothing shops such as Fat Face, Quicksilver and Quba Sails.
At the top of the hill there is a mini golf/crazy golf course which is great fun. It's a bit old and basic but it's cheap (about £7 for two) and a great way to waste an hour, again with beautiful views over the beach.
You can take boat trips out on the water. There is a high speed boat trip around the harbour and then there is also a ferry that takes you across to Rock on the other side of the water. It costs £3 for a return which I thought was very reasonable. There was not much is Rock to see, a restaurant that is open year round and then mostly residential houses but it's nice to go over to the beach and walk around.
There are quite a few pubs in town too, some are a bit touristy but if you walk up the street a bit I can recommend a great locals pub called The London Inn with friendly staff and locals. Most of the other restaurants in town are fish restaurants but there are a few pizza/Italian restaurants if you want something different.
Padstow is a lovely little place and I definitely recommend a visit.
Padstow is located on the North West coast of Cornwall and is probably most famous for Rick Steins home and restaurant, in fact property prices here have rocheted over the last few years because of this association.
Padstow is centred around fishing and has a lovely harbour, just watch your kids here because the harbour walls are unfenced.
It is a beautiful town with some lovely shops, nice places to eat and there are plenty of boat trips from the harbour that you can go on.
From the main carpet you can wander through the main fish market and there is also Steins Deli here that sells some lovely things, he also has a chippy here too!!
If you venture just outside of Padstow and look across the estuary you can see Rock, this is where a number of celebs have property and it is the most expensive place to live in Cornwall.
Also just a little further up the coast are some beautiful beaches, Harlyn Bay springs to mind as one.
Padstow is an ideal base for those wishing to explore Cornwall, on the other hand for those wanting to stay put there is enough to see and do in this delightful harbourside town.
Padstow is a working port and everything centres around the harbour. From here you can take a pleasure cruise to nearby Rock or Puffin Island or take a speedboat trip in the Camel estuary.
Only a few minutes walk away you will discover some excellent secluded coves and for those feeling more energetic, walkers, cyclists and horse riders can take to the Camel Trail. The trail starts at Padstow and finishes at Boscarne, a total of 17 and a half miles. We hired bikes and did the first stage to Wadebride and back a total of 11 miles. I hadn't ridden a bike for over ten years but found that I hadn't forgotton how to. I thoroughly enjoyed it and worked off several cream teas. The next time I go I will try to do the whole trail.
There are no shortages of eateries including several fish restaurants, one of which is Rick Steins renowed "Seafood Restaurant" He also owns a bistro and deicatessen.
Other places worth visiting are the museum and Prideaux Palace, home of the Prideaux family who for centuries owned the whole of Padstow. This Elizabethan home is set in extensive grounds with ancient deer park and is open from Easter until October.