Explore the foodie lover’s paradise of Padstow, where harbourside days and fine-dining nights await. There’s plenty of time for meandering independent shops and cafes, crabbing off the harbour walls or sampling some Cornish ice cream. It’s easy to while away the hours in this picture book village, home to the cooking mastery of Rick Stein, but if you do crave sandy feet and sea air, you’ve got beaches within arms reach. Take the short walk to the closest beach, catch the ferry or water taxi across to Rock and its sandy, surfer-approved shores, or hop in the car on a five minute drive to Trevone, first of the ‘Seven Bays’.
Padstow showcases the very best of Cornwall, inviting long, blustery strolls, watersports sessions, boat trips and cosy pub evenings. Its prime position on the north Cornish coast means you’re near plenty of other local gems, too, with Port Isaac and Boscastle in one direction, and Harlyn Bay in the other.
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Padstow is every seafood lover’s dream. It’s home to Rick Steins iconic The Seafood Restaurant, alongside St Petroc’s Bistro, Rick Steins Cafe, Steins Fish & Chips. Or, head to Michelin starred Paul Ainsworth’s No 6 or Caffe Rojano for the fine-dining experience.
Dogs are welcome on most beaches around Padstow, except for St George’s Cove, which has restrictions during July and August between the hours of 10am-6pm. Check the Gov.uk website for more information.
There are disabled spaces in all the public car parks – these incur a charge. Toilet blocks with disabled facilities can be found on the North Quay.