It’s no secret that Padstow is one of the UK’s top foodie destinations. When it comes to quality restaurants, the little town of Padstow certainly packs a punch.
Famous chefs Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth have restaurants in the town, and these big names have attracted other chefs and restaurateurs to open here. While people visit Padstow for all of its assets and attractions, some come here specifically to dine in its many fine eateries. Whether you want to eat out once during a holiday or every evening, Padstow has enough variety to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.
Join us as we take a stroll around Padstow’s fantastic restaurants.
Starting on Riverside we come to Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, which is the most famous of them all. Here you can sample exquisitely cooked fish and seafood, much of which is delivered daily by Padstow fishermen, and enjoy the exclusive ambience created by Rick Stein. The chef and television presenter now has several eateries in the town, but it was the Seafood Restaurant that put him and Padstow firmly on the foodie map.
Continuing on to the quay we find Pucelli’s with a beautiful location directly above Padstow Harbour. For a meal with a view, they don’t come much better than this Italian restaurant. Watch the sailing and fishing boats bob in the harbour and seagulls fly past as you tuck into authentic Italian pizza, pasta and fish dishes.
On the other side of the harbour on a raised terrace overlooking the Camel Estuary is one of Padstow’s latest smart restaurants. Greens of Padstow was previously a snack shack beside the crazy golf course for decades but was recently rebuilt and refurbished as a glossy café serving amazing food and cakes all day and into the evening. Their specialities include minute steak, grilled Cornish mackerel and crab linguine.
Heading back along the quay into Padstow’s narrow streets you’ll find Rojano’s on the Square. Here’s another restaurant with a long heritage in Padstow, which as upped its game in recent years thanks to the stewardship of celebrity chef Paul Ainsworth. This restaurant blends traditional Italian flavours with Cornish ingredients to create sensational dishes including delicious pizzas, tagliatelle carbonara and a day boat burger of crisp Cornish fish.
Just around the corner on Duke Street, is Prawn on the Lawn. This small fishmongers and seafood restaurant is always packed with diners enjoying the unique atmosphere and superbly cooked fish and seafood dishes. The menu changes regularly and depends on the daily catch and local, seasonal ingredients. With seats for only 24 people, you have to eat early or book well in advance to enjoy a meal here.
Further up the road is Prawn on the Lawn’s latest addition to Padstow’s thriving restaurant scene, Barnaby’s. It’s another intimate & cosy 20 seater restaurant and is located in a former Victorian tearoom. The chefs at Barnaby’s serve up fresh, locally sourced seafood, meat and vegetarian sharing plates in their take on northern Spanish and middle eastern cuisine. This is served up by friendly and knowledgeable staff and coupled with an extensive wine and cocktail list along with local craft beers
Only a few steps away on Street is Pdstow’s only Michelin starred restaurant – Paul Ainsworth at No 6. Expect fine dining and quality service in this small but smart restaurant headed by Paul Ainsworth who has recently enjoyed a high profile thanks to regular appearances on MasterChef and Saturday Kitchen. The food here is first-rate, featuring the finest local meats and fish.
Literally right next door is Rick Stein’s Café – a slightly more affordable but no less impressive companion to his Seafood Restaurant. Here diners can enjoy simple seafood dishes, inspired by Rick’s global travels, in the intimate and friendly interior of this converted terraced house.
Heading back towards the harbour, on the Strand, you can discover the casual, yet vibrant Burgers and Fish. As the name suggests, they create delicious and creative fish dishes and gourmet burgers, all cooked over a charcoal grill. Good for a delicious and fun lunch or evening out.
If you’re interested in visiting Padstow for a foodie break or holiday of dining adventures, head over to our Padstow property page to check availability at our holiday homes and cottages in the town.
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