Top 5 Exquisite Restaurants in Padstow

The cuisine is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of England? Well, in the last decade, Cornwall took the lead in the UK’s hospitality industry and thousands of food tourists are coming to Cornwall each year only to have a taste of Cornish cuisine.

We’ll try and walk you down the Padstow’s menu.

1. The Seafood Restaurant

The Seafood Restaurant has a long tradition of being the number one restaurant, not just in Padstow but in all of Cornwall and one of the most famous ones in the UK. Rick Stein is a celebrity chef and the Seafood Restaurant is where it all began.

The number of successful kitchens is still growing, but the Seafood Restaurant is second to none when it comes to fish quality. If you’re a fan of seafood, you’ll be happy to find what’s on the menu. The choices stem from simple hake and chips to Indonesian seafood curry, delicious halibut with white crab meat, platters of langoustines on ice, lobster thermidor, and “fruits de mer.” However, we might soon enjoy some changes in this long tradition, as Rick’s son Jack is stepping up to the plate.

This is, of course, a special occasion restaurant, but you don’t need to have reservations for the seafood bar in the middle of the restaurant where you can enjoy anything from the menu.

2. No 6

Although informal in looks and dress code, this is another special occasion restaurant run by the Michelin star chef Paul Ainsworth. He runs several kitchens in Padstow, but he is the chef-patron of Number 6, the Michelin star award winner of 2013 with four AA Rosettes.

Ainsworth worked with Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing and is known for his appearances on the TV show The Great British Menu. But the only way to truly know his work is to visit Number 6, one of the best restaurants in the country.

Here, you can enjoy a variety of contemporary and innovative plates and tastes. The only principle is – Cornish produce, making everything fresh. Even the bread is made on the spot. Apart from that, the menu ranges from seafood to deer and duck, Asian and European.

3. Rojanos in the Square

This is another one of Ainsworth’s kitchens, with two AA Rosettes, easier on the pocket and a lot more casual than Number 6. Although it also serves Cornish produces, its cuisine is Mediterranean in inspiration with some of the expert Italian suppliers.

From classic pizza and pasta dishes, rife antipasti, juicy burgers, and incredible seafood, it is all to be found in the heart of Padstow. The produces are Cornish, all fresh and affordable. Classic meals are perfected and even the simplest of dishes come with a twist, as you’d expect from a renowned chef.

4. Prawn on the Lawn

This is another casual locale, established first in 2013 as the seafood bar and fishmonger. However, it soon extended to what is now a pleasant contemporary 16-seater interior. Even though it doesn’t have as long a tradition as the restaurants above, Prawn on the Lawn doesn’t fall behind.

The menu changes from day to day, depending on the day’s catch, but you can expect any of the tapas style plates and sharing platters to be exquisite, since everything on the menu is fresh, seasonal, sustainable, directly from the North Cornish coast. There are also gluten-free options for those that have to take extra care.

5. Barnaby’s Bistro, Duke Street

Barnaby’s Bistro is the sister restaurant to Prawn on the Lawn, and unlike the former, it isn’t focused on the seafood but strives to introduce a modern twist to the classic bistro. Even though it is the newest addition to Padstow, Barnaby’s has already gained popularity.

The menu changes every two months, which is not only exciting in variety but good as it relies on the seasonal local ingredients. This doesn’t stop it from having a variety of dishes, from middle-eastern influenced to wood-fired oven dishes.

It encourages intimacy in both plates and ambiance, as it serves dishes for two and more, but you better book ahead.

Whether you want to enjoy the seven golden beaches or just plan on a tour around the coast to see the gardens, historic castles, and monasteries of Cornwall, you can find best places to make your stay in Padstow at Harbour Holidays.

Hope you enjoy your gastronomic journey!

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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