Set on the North Cornwall coast, Padstow is a quintessential harbour full of fishing boats, boutique stores, amazing restaurants and smiling faces.
Steeped in fishing history Padstow is a beautiful place to while away the day and watch the world, boats, go by.
Starting at the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow’s traditional fishing culture is already apparent. At the heart of the hatchery is conservation, taking in pregnant lobsters that have been caught by local fishermen and nurturing her young until they are ready to be released back in to the wild. Over the course of a year, the Lobster Hatchery takes in up to 60,000 young and improves their survival rate in the wild up to 40%.
Make sure you visit the hatchery and adopt your own lobster.
Walking towards the village centre the smell of Rick Stein’s fish n’ chips is alluring, but first it’s time for some elevenses
We tuck round the corner of the harbour to BinTwo, an independent wine merchant and champagne bar. Prizing ourselves away for the vintage collection we ordered a coffee and cake and relaxed.
With our energy boosted it was time for meandering through the streets, ducking into the boutique shops, and taking lots of photos.
One pasty shop.
Two pasty shops.
Three pasty shops.
All next door to the other. You certainly won’t go hungry in Padstow.
Tracing back to harbour, the central hub of Padstow, the Jubilee Queen is filling up for her twice daily tour of the coast. But that’s not the only way to see the Camel Estuary.
Starting at Wadebridge you can cycle you way along five miles of coastal path towards Padstow along the Camel Trail. Or if you’re a bit of a thrill seeker why not climb aboard one of Padstow’s famous speed boats for a whirl wind ride.
As the sun started to set and after a day of shopping, snacking and sunbathing beside the harbour it was time for dinner.
We headed to Rojano’s in the Square, a favourite restaurant to the locals serving the best of Italian influenced cuisine. We opted for burgers, which were so delicious we didn’t stop in time to take a photo, however, Rojano’s came to the rescue and lent us their image.
See what we mean? Tasty!