No stay in North Cornwall is complete without visiting Padstow. In recent times, it is famous for it’s association with Rick Stein. It is a historic port with links to Sir Walter Raleigh who lived in Padstow for a time when he was Warden of Cornwall and his harbourside house still stands today.
Padstow can get crowded in the busy summer months and especially on May Day. Lots of people’s visit to Padstow would not be complete without classy fish and chips eaten out of a paper bag by the harbour listening to the sounds of the boat masts clinking. If Rick’s fish and chips is on your “must do” list, be prepared to que for awhile at busy times.
Padstow has lots of quirky independent shops hidden away in the back streets away from the more well known upmarket harbourside favourites so worth having a wander around the back streets.
The National Lobster Hatchery is a marine conservation research centre set up to preserve the coastal heritage with lobster stock enhancement and is worth a visit.
The Cherry Tree coffee house by the harbour is a favourite for cake, a proper Cornish cream tea, or hot chocolate – small but perfectly formed!
Dinner in Padstow can be as simple or special as you choose – there is lots of choice, from Rick Steins fish restaurant, to posh Italian or many varieties of delicious Cornish pasties. Our favourite place to eat in Padstow for a special occasion is Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6 restaurant
If you fancy a boat trip then Padstows Sea Safaris are a great choice – it was a windy day when we last took a trip and we did end up dripping a lot of water all over the Cherry Tree coffee house floor, but was worth it to see some seals and Puffins!
The Padstow Obby Oss, a famous May Day celebration has taken place for centuries, with a parade, maypole and lots of singing and drinking into the early hours. Padstow gets full to the brim on May Day, so do plan accordingly if you want to join in the fun.
Favourite Padstow Walk
For a different day out in Padstow, explore the quiet expanse of estuary beaches and sand dunes to the North of the harbour – these are a series of fabulous sandy beaches that take you to Hawkers Cove where the original life boat house stood. Nearby, on the coast path is the rest a while cafe which serves great crab sandwiches. It is a tiny open air cafe with great views over the Camel estuary. If you have the time , you can continue your walk onto Steppers point with expansive coast views, before returning to Padstow for a relaxing drink or two by the harbour and some well earned dinner. Fab!