Newest Review: ... attract well healed holiday makers. Naturally there is some overspill in Polzeath. It's not so much the yuppies I object to, more the... more
A Good Holiday, yah.
Member Name: stubborn_fairy
Advantages: Stunning location, good pubs/resturants
Disadvantages: Yuppy-spawn everywhere.
We recently returned from what was a pleasant week in Polzeath- but it's changed since I was last there in 1992! What hasn't changed are the beautiful coastal walks (take the coastal path to Port Quinn, it'll take your breath away!), the stunning beach, the local conveniences, the strong surf culture and the friendly locals. Nearby are Rock and Padstow (or Padstein as some call it owning to the fact that Rick Stein owns half of it), towns which both now apparently attract well healed holiday makers. Naturally there is some overspill in Polzeath. It's not so much the yuppies I object to, more the yuppie-spawn, some of whom are legally old enough to drink. You will find swarms of teenagers having a good time on Daddy's American Express, and more annoyingly, teenagers having a good time in Daddy's convertible beamer (annoying when you are innocently walking down a very narrow one way lane and nearly get your legs taken off). You will also find groups of vulgar 40 something Yummy Mummy Investment Banking Range Roving types and their babies/ toddlers, and I recommend you avoid at all costs having to sit next to these people in a resturant/on the beach/anywhere, as they will make it quite clear that their little Tilly is in fact the center of the entire universe despite what you may think. If you fall into this category of people, or aspire to, Polzeath and surrounding areas may be for you. If, like us, you're unfortunate enough to live on under £50k a year, do not depair. The Seaview bar/resturant is quite expensive, but they do pizza's for under a tenner on the front terrace. We booked a table without seeing the menu, and I had my suspicions it would be expensive when Harry Enfield turned up, but we had a fantastic three course dinner for two plus a nice bottle of wine for £70. The waiter informed us the Hugh Grant and Kate Moss had been earlier in the week. The Atlantic in has a good menu and the beer is average in price, and the Oystercatcher also has a reasonable food menu (although I feel they may have missed a trick with this pub). I would certainly go back, but if you've never been, beware you may feel inadequate in your Vauxhall Vectra!
Summary: I would go again.