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Our guide to the best restaurants in Padstow

Padstow is often regarded as Cornwall’s finest foodie destination, with a number of the county’s top restaurants located in the town. But aside from the culinary powerhouses of Stein and Ainsworth, what can food lovers expect on their visit? Here’s a guide to five of the best restaurants in Padstow.


The View Restaurant

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©Theviewharlyn.co.uk

What’s to love: Located in the village of St Merryn, just a couple of miles from Padstow, The View Restaurant is an exciting new eatery from experienced caterer Ceri Phillips. After working in a number of successful restaurants in Padstow, Phillips opened The View in 2012 alongside head chef Rob Brinham. With Phillips’ front of house expertise and Brinham’s culinary know-how, The View has become one of the region’s most sought-after eateries and has garnered a reputation for its simple cuisine and friendly, efficient service.

Cuisine: Contemporary English

Price: Lunch menu from £4.25 – £17.25; Evening starters from £2.95 – £8.25; Evening mains from £11.75 – £16.95

Opening times: Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Address: Higher Harlyn Park, St Merryn, Padstow, PL28 8SG

Contact: 01841 520096; www.theviewharlyn.co.uk


The Basement

 

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©Thebasement.co.uk

 

What’s to love: Far from being a dingy, subterranean eatery, The Basement is one of the few places in Padstow where punters can dine alfresco. The restaurant features a large, heated terrace, with Perspex screens and parasols to keep the elements at bay. Aside from its vibrant atmosphere, The Basement’s menu is rather delightful too, with a real focus on local Cornish produce prepared and cooked from scratch. Favourites on the menu include Grilled Lemon Sole, locally sourced Pork Belly, West Country Ribeye and an indulgent Chateaubriand.

Cuisine: Contemporary English

Price: Starters from £5 – £7; Mains from £13 – £55; Breakfast & lunch menu available.

Opening times: Breakfast 9am – 11am; Lunch 12pm – 3pm; Dinner 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Address: 11 Broad St, The Drang, Padstow, Cornwall, PL288BS, UK

Contact: 01841 532846; www.thebasement.co.uk


Rojano’s in the Square

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Seafood Pasta by Cooking etc. is licensed under CC 2.0

What’s to love: Rojano’s has brought Italian-influenced cuisine to Padstow for over thirty years, making it one of the town’s most established and well-respected eateries. The restaurant is helmed by head chef Paul Dodd, who fuses Italian cooking with local Cornish produce to produce fresh, affordable and exciting dishes. From classic pizza and pasta dishes to indulgent seafood baskets and succulent burgers, Rojano’s offers flavoursome, quality food in the heart of Padstow. Booking recommended, particularly at peak times.

Cuisine: Italian; Contemporary English

Price: Starters from £4 – £9.50; Mains from £8.50 – £18.95; Breakfast, lunch & children’s menu available

Opening times: Lunch 12pm – 3pm; Dinner 5pm – 10pm

Address: 9 Mill Square, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AE

Contact: 01841 532796; www.rojanos.co.uk

If you’re a fan of fine dining, take a look at our Michelin Star restaurants in Cornwall guide to discover more amazing restaurants in the area.


Pescadou Restaurant

What’s to love: Fashionable and modern yet relaxed and informal, Pescadou Restaurant is a firm favourite on Padstow’s culinary circuit. The restaurant is housed in a historic building just steps from Padstow harbour, making it a popular stop-off for those looking for a lavish lunch or glass of wine on a hot summer’s day. Chefs at Pescadou use only the finest, local ingredients in their dishes, including fresh seafood direct from the quay. The wine here is particularly good also, and perfectly complements Pescadou’s menu.

Cuisine: Contemporary English

Price: Vary depending on daily menu changes – contact the restaurant for more information.

Opening times: Breakfast, lunch and dinner available – contact the restaurant for specific opening times and reservations.

Address: South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England

Contact: 01841 532359; www.oldcustomhousepadstow.co.uk/pescadou


St Petroc’s Bistro

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What’s to love: A less formal branch of the Stein dynasty, St Petroc’s Bistro has all the hallmarks of a Rick Stein restaurant – great food, professional service and a welcoming atmosphere – without the hefty price tags. This tasteful eatery is located in an imposing Edwardian House close to the centre of Padstow, and has a pleasant courtyard garden that’s perfect for alfresco summer dining. The menu offers a creative take on English cuisine, with a focus on quality seafood and meat dishes, as well as a good selection of simple appetisers.

Cuisine: Contemporary English, seafood

Price: Starters from £7.95 – £10.95; Mains from £15.95 – £29

Opening times: Lunch 12pm – 2pm, Thurs – Sun; Dinner 6.30pm – 9.30pm, seven days a week

Address: 4 New Street, Padstow, PL28 8EA

Contact: 01841 532700; www.rickstein.com/eat-with-us/st-petrocs-bistro


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