A GUIDE TO PADSTOW: WHERE TO EAT, STAY AND VISIT
PUBLISHED: 13:11 16 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:01 30 August 2017
Padstow is part of The Countrywide Great Tour. We reveal the top restaurants and accommodation to visit in this popular holiday destination.
The Countrywide Great Tour begins on 4 July 2015 and takes place over 64 days visiting numerous coastal locations across the UK. Cyclists will begin to arrive in the Cornwall town of Padstow on the afternoon of 22 August after a ride along the coast from St Ives.
If you’re taking part in the cycle yourself or supporting a friend or family member in the tour, there’s plenty on offer in Padstow. Surrounded by outstanding views of the Camel Estuary, Padstow has an abundance of opportunities to dine alfresco, ride horses across the beach and sample some of the finest beers that Cornwall has to offer.
Eating out in Padstow
Padstow has plenty of high quality eateries to enjoy – the only problem is choosing where to go! Here are our top three places to eat at when visiting the picturesque seaside town.
Paul Ainsworth at Number Six, Middle Street, 01841 532 093
Paul Ainsworth describes his menu as unpretentious, uncomplicated food’, served in a modern style restaurant with a Cornish twist. And as Number Six is the highest rated Padstow restaurant on Trip Advisor, he must be doing something right. We love the cod with Padstow crab mayonnaise.
Rafferty’s Café & Wine Bar, St Merryn, 01841 521 561
The owner of Rafferty’s previously managed Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage – so anticipate exceptional food when you visit this highly rated restaurant. The restaurant, located a short drive from Padstow, stars tapas and locally sourced steak and fish on its menu.
Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, 01841 532 700
You cannot visit Padstow (nicknamed Padstein’) without visiting one of famous chef, Rick Stein’s eateries. The well received Seafood Restaurant is located only a short walk from the harbour and has a selection of locally sourced fish dishes on the menu. We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, particularly in the summer months.
Where to stay in Padstow
Whether you’re here for the evening, a weekend or even a week, there is a plethora of luxurious accommodation in Padstow to rest your head in comfort and style.
Treverbyn House, 01841 532 855
With panoramic views across Rock and Daymer Bay, this luxurious B&B has three tastefully decorated bedrooms to choose from – a mere two minute stroll from the harbour. Enjoy a warm welcome, period features and a delicious breakfast when you visit this quaint holiday accommodation.
Described as a taste of coastal luxury’ and with only six bedrooms to choose from, St Edmund’s house makes a peaceful retreat for those wanting a break on the Cornish coast. Prices start from £295 per night but with spectacular views across the estuary and extra comfy beds it is well worth the money.
Ballaminers House, 01841 540 933
This cosy countryside cottage is tucked away on the outskirts of Padstow with eight outstanding beaches only a stone’s throw away. The B&B is very dog friendly and with Hawker’s Cove nearby, your pooch is free to roam across golden Cornish sands.
Fun for the family in Padstow
From young couples to whole families, there is something to suit everyone in Padstow. Here are three of our favourite things to do whilst holidaying in the harbour-side town.
Horse riding on Harlyn Bay, 07805638982
Tina’s Riding Stables caters for all abilities – from complete beginners up to experienced riders. The family run stables set are set in the scenic Cornish countryside and accommodate seven horses. Located a short distance from Harlyn Bay, you can gallop across one of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches. Booking is required prior to arrival.
The 6.2 mile walk across Cornish headland offers far reaching views of the River Camel and Doom Bar. For those wanting a more relaxed stroll there is a shorter walk available. If the sun is shining the Padstow and Stepper Point walk has some perfect spots to enjoy a picnic too.
Beer sampling at the Padstow Brewing Company, 01841 532 169
Organised visits to the small but perfectly formed brewery are priced at £20 per person. For this price you get to observe the equipment and processes involved with running a small brewery, before sampling some of the fine beers they have to offer (our favourite part of the visit!). You will leave the brewery with two bottles of beer and a branded glass worth £10. Visits must be pre-booked.
Do you want to take part in the Great Tour? To enter, head over to the Countrywide Great Tour website.