Rosemary's Guide to eating out in Padstow

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Eating Establishments in Padstow:

Basement Café  01841 532846 

Situated in the Drang, a cobbled area adjacent to the harbour, the Basement has an al fresco dining area overlooking the harbour.  The menu specialises in locally caught fish and is inspired by the owner's travels around Thailand.


The Clipper 01841 532450  

A traditional restaurant on the harbourside. Seasonal opening hours.


Fo'c's'le 01841 532291  

A delightful cafe in an old cottage set beside the famous Abbey House on North Quay.  Seasonal opening hours.


Golden Lion 01841 532797  

An old fashioned characterful pub complete with low ceilings and open fire.  One of the two free houses in town.  Recommended for lunch and evening meals.


Harbour Inn 01841 533148  

The smallest of the four St Austell Brewery pubs in town.  It is situated in Strand Street, next to the Old Customs House. It is another character pub and is recommended for food.  Popular with visitors.


London Inn 01841 532554  

A popular local pub, the London Inn is in Lanadwell Street.  It is a St Austell pub, full of character with low ceilings.  It has a separate restaurant which is recommended for low cost, tasty, traditional pub food.


Margot Thomas 01841 533441  

One of Padstow's most popular restaurants, it is often booked up several weeks in advance.  It is in Duke Street opposite the post office.


Jack's 01841 533238  

A delightful cafe tucked away in Parnall's Court, a small alley beside Stein's Patisserie.  It specialises in fair trade coffee and has a small courtyard for al fresco dining. Closed Mondays.


Metropole Hotel 01841 532486
The dining room of the Metropole Hotel has the best view in town, overlooking the harbour and estuary from an elevated position.  It has a 1 star rosette from the AA.   

Number 6 01841 532093

A smart restaurant for the discerning diner.  Situated in Middle Street. Paul Ainsworth is a locally renowned chef with a very good reputation. Paul recently represented the South West in the final of the Great British Menu.


Old Customs House 01841 532359  

The largest of the St Austell Brewery pubs, the Customs is very popular with both visitors and locals alike.  Recommended for good, reasonably priced pub food.  It has a large screen in the back room for watching sports matches.


Old Ship Hotel 01841 532357 

A large, family owned hotel, it is the other free house in town.  It is a popular lunch choice for those with young children as it has a conservatory and also a large seating area outside.  It also has live music most Friday and Saturday nights and has screens for watching sport; particularly rugby.


Pescadou 01841 532359

This is the restaurant attached to the Old Custom's House Hotel.  It is a popular choice for visitors and has views over the harbour.  


Pucellis 01841 533313  

The best appointed restaurant in town.  It is above Walker's cafe with views across the harbour and over to Rock.  It has large windows which open up in summer to give the feeling of al fresco dining.  Booking not necessary.


Rojano's in the Square 01841 532796  

Recently taken over by Paul Ainsworth, it is a pasta and pizza place in Mill Square near the Old Ship Hotel.  It is reasonably priced and welcomes families, popular with visitors and locals alike.  It also does take away pizza.  Closed in winter.


Seafood Restaurant 01841 532700 

Rick Stein's flagship restaurant.  It is on South Quay opposite the harbour car park.  Booking is essential.  Many visitors come to Padstow just to eat in this restaurant and they are not disappointed.


Shipwrights 01841 532451 

A St Austell Brewery pub on North Quay opposite the Red Brick Building.  It has outside seating and a recently refurbished second floor, both ideal to watch activities on the quayside.  It is recommended for pub food.


St Petrocs Bistro 01841 532700  

Rick Stein's second restaurant.  Also very popular.  Booking essential.


Stein's Cafe 01841 532700* 

The most casual of Rick Stein's establishments.  Booking essential.


Stein's Fish and Chips 01841 532700

Good quality fish and chips.  Eat in or take away.


Walkers Café 01841 532915  

Walkers is a large cafe on the harbour front, popular for fish and chips. 

Eating Establishments around the Padstow area:

Blue Tomato, Rock  01208 863841 

The Ivy House, St Merryn 01841 520623 

Blue Tomato, Polzeath 01208 862333  

Journeyman, St Issey 01841 540604 

Burridges Restaurant, Rock 01208 869399   L'Estuaire, Rock 01208 862622  
Buskers, Wadebridge 01208 814332  

Pickwick Inn, St Issey 01841 540361 

Cornish Arms, St Merryn 01841 520288 

Prynn's, St Merryn 01841 520976

Earl of  St Vincent, Egloshayle  01208 814807 

Rock Inn 01208 863498 

Farmers Arms, St Merryn 01841 520303 

Waves, St Merryn 01841 520096 

Fifteen, Watergate Bay


Harlyn Inn 01841 520207