Padstow - Cornwall capital of cuisine

It has long been the UK’s most iconic coastal destination, famed for its beaches and beautiful landscape, and yet holidays in Cornwall are increasingly popular. Let’s Stay Cornwall features over 300 places to stay, including a huge variety of accommodation comprising different styles and sizes, designed to complement whatever type of holiday in Cornwall you fancy, be it high octane watersports, or something altogether more serene.

As the popularity of holidays in Cornwall continues to flourish, one or two resorts within with counties boundaries are enjoying growth at an exponential rate.

Twenty years or so ago, Padstow was just one of numerous peaceful fishing villages in Cornwall, but in recent times this little fishing port has been completely reborn as the capital of Cornwall cuisine, thanks almost entirely to the work of one man.

So synonymous with the area is Rick Stein that Padstow is often referred to as ‘Padstein’. The chef opened his first seafood restaurant by the harbour back in the mid-’70s and has since expanded his portfolio with a second café, a pair of hotels, a seafood school, a delicatessen and even a fish and chip shop. His culinary influence on Padstow is demonstrable, with a host of other excellent restaurants.

Padstow is also blessed with an array of accommodation, and never far from the sea or one of Mr Stein’s establishments.

Church Lane Cottage is a dog friendly, 4 bedroom house sleeping up 8 guests. Located just a couple of minutes walk from Rick Stein’s eateries, this accommodation is homely despite its size and comes with a 4 star rating from the English Tourist Board.

Situated in the heart of the Old Town is Sunbeam Cottage, a charming original fisherman’s cottage directly behind the harbour. Refurbished to a high standard, the 4 star cottage is dog friendly and features 2 en-suite bedrooms. Sunbeam Cottage enjoys a prime position, with the pubs, restaurants and shops of Padstow all on hand but just far enough from the buzz of the harbour to enjoy a tranquil stay. 

Just outside Padstow is Trewithen Farmhouse B&B, a converted barn and Cornish roundhouse that was at one time used to house cattle and mill corn. Converted in 1999, this stunning property has just three rooms – all-ensuite – which ensures a welcoming atmosphere. Breakfasts are traditional Cornish affairs, featuring local produce cooked in the Aga, starting your day off in true farmhouse style.

If your idea of the perfect Cornwall holiday is letting someone else do all the work for you, then a hotel is the way forward – and The Metropole Hotel ticks all the boxes. The Met, as it’s known locally, is a striking, landmark building in Padstow, perched in a lofty location with views across the town, harbour and the Camel Estuary. 4 star rated and just a two minute walk to the harbour, restaurants and pubs, The Met is a perfect base.

Similarly grand but more diminutive in size is The Tregea Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in Padstow at more than 500 years old and now wonderfully restored as a cosy family hotel. With 8 intimate rooms of olde-world character blended with all mod cons, the Tregea is ideal for both families and romancing couples alike.

As rich in culinary delights as Padstow is, its charms extend further.  The dramatic Prideaux Place caters for heritage fiends, while The Camel Trail – accessible either on foot or bicycle – offers you the chance to burn off a few of those calories in a stunning setting.

Padstow is characterised by a classic Cornish charm, composed of English idiosyncrasies sprinkled with Mediterranean panache - the perfect place for family holidays in Cornwall or a romantic escape.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015