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A Place to Stay in Padstow

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If you mention places in Cornwall Padstow definitely comes to mind. This little harbour town attracts many visitors every year and has no shortage of things to do. Helping to put Padstow on the map is of course Rick Stein and his culinary prowess. Turn pretty much any corner and you will find a Stein's patisserie, seafood restaurant, fish and chips or cooking school! Definitely worth sampling on your Cornish holiday.

The harbour is the place to be, watch the wildlife across the estuary as the fishing boats bob up and down. With a real variety of independent and high street shops, cosy pubs and delicious restaurants, Padstow doesn't disappoint.



If you are needing a place to stay and are looking for a bed and breakfast full of character and style, look no further than Armsyde Bed and Breakfast. This handsome home is just a stone's throw from the harbour and is finished to a high standard. The 18th century former sea merchant's house has been converted into four ensuite …

5 Star Self Catering on the North Coast

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The North Coast of Cornwall has so much to offer, and a real variety of accommodation too. When I think about holidays I think home from home, I want luxury but also privacy. A really lovely cluster of holiday cottages in the little village of Chaple Amble provides just that, Rooke Cottages.


Nestled in the rolling hills of Duchy farmland these beautifully renovated cottages provide an ideal base to explore North Cornwall. Within easy reach are the popular destinations of Padstow, Port Isaac, and Wadebridge. You can cycle the camel trail, surf at Polzeath beach or sit with a glass of something cold in a lovely harbour side restaurant in Padstow. 


The farm has seven cottages all with private gardens and one beautifully furnished apartment in Wadebridge. The farm cottages have wood burning stoves for cosying-up after a healthy dose of fresh air. They even provide a room to dry wetsuits and parking for your boat (or car)!

Little ones are well catered for with a playground and a web cam so yo…

Bed and Breakfasts Around Padstow

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North Cornwall has a great variety of accommodation types which mean that it meets the needs of visitors from all over the world and country. A burgeoning form is the boutique bed and breakfast, offering luxuriously appointed rooms in spectacular locations.


The region around Padstow lends itself very well to this form of tourism, especially along the banks of the Camel Estuary. The many inlets and coves are full of beautiful scenery and mystery. Heading towards the estuary from St. Issey, halfway between Padstow and Wadebridge, the road ames many turns through the tightly packed hills and little woods. In this farmland you will come across the recently restored Tredore House, a farmhouse bed and breakfast dating back past the middle ages, with a striking Victorian wing.


All of their guest rooms have been refurbished to a high standard giving a modern and contemporary feel. Their breakfast room is spacious and well furnished, a great place to eat the delicious food served.

So close to…

Stein opens Fishmongers in Padstow

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Rick Stein and Jill Stein have opened a new fishmonger’s in Padstow. Stein’s Fisheries, selling fresh fish, shellfish and pre-prepared seafood dishes, opened for business on Monday 26th March on the South Quay, next to Stein’s Fish and Chips.

After being closely involved with the fishing industry for well over 35 years and seeing the growing success of their fish counter at Stein’s Deli, it was a natural move for the business. On offer will be lobsters, crabs and an extensive range of fresh fish and shellfish as well as pre-prepared foods such as fishcakes, seafood salads, fish soups and a selection of salmon, prawn and crab sandwiches. The opening of Stein’s Fisheries will also create additional space in the deli to stock more local meats, salads and olives.

Rick commented ‘We are delighted to have a proper fish shop after all these years and think it will be popular, we know that fishmongers are closing down all over the country but we’re very optimistic about Stein’s Fisheries as …

Local Chef Nominated for National Award

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David Sharland, executive chef at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, has been nominated by the Craft Guild of Chefs for one of the industry’s most prestigious awards for his outstanding achievements in the catering industry.

Now in its 18th year, the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards ceremony has become the chef’s ‘Oscars’ and the coveted accolades recognise and reward the leading talent working in kitchens across the industry.

The People's Choice Award is a new award category which has been added to the 2011 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards line up. This new award has been introduced to recognise the unsung heroes of the industry who demonstrate real commitment to their job, someone who stands out in the profession as going the extra mile.

Rick Stein comments: “David Sharland has a rare skill in that he completely understands how to make kitchens work harmoniously. Due to his immense experience, he knows how to build up a happy and hard working brigade, and to design a great kitchen. Natu…

1975 - 2010 Celebrating 35 Years of the Seafood Restaurant

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The Seafood Restaurant will be marking its 35th anniversary during November and December with a celebratory £28.50 3-course lunch menu.

Rick and Jill Stein are marking the anniversary with a special lunch menu built around prime Cornish seafood inclusive of dishes from the original 1975 Seafood Restaurant menu such as seafood thermidor, baked crab, moules marinière and thunder and lightening dessert.

The menu will run from Monday 1st November through to Friday 24th December 2010, seven days a week from 12pm until 2.30pm.

Rick Stein comments: “Little did Jill and I know when we opened a small seafood bistro on the harbourside in Padstow in 1975 with red checked tablecloths and candles in Verdicchio bottles that the business would grow into six restaurants, 40 bedrooms, four shops, a cookery school and a pub. We didn’t have a masterplan. It just happened.”

When the restaurant opened in 1975 it employed just five staff, with Rick leading a kitchen team of two and Jill heading up their t…

Rick Stein’s Summer Book Signings

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Rick Stein will be signing copies of his books later this month at Stein’s Deli in Padstow and at his new restaurant, Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips, on Discovery Quay in Falmouth. The dates will be Friday 20th and Thursday 26th August 2010.

Friday 20th August:
10.30am to 11.30am, Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips, Events Square, Falmouth
3pm to 4pm, Stein’s Deli, South Quay, Padstow

Thursday 26th August:
11am to 12pm, Stein’s Deli, South Quay, Padstow

Access to the queue is on a first come first served basis, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.







New Seafood Demonstration Evening at Padstow Seafood School

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Tickets for the Seafood Demonstration Evening at Rick Stein’s cookery school in Padstow are now on sale.

The new demonstration evening, to be held at Padstow Seafood School on Thursday 8th July, aims to give guests a ‘taster’ of the dishes they might experience on a visit to Rick & Jill Stein’s renowned Seafood Restaurant.

Mark Puckey, head lecturer at Padstow Seafood School, will be demonstrating a selection of dishes from Rick Stein’s Seafood, including Crab linguine with parsley and chilli, Devilled mackerel with mint and tomato salad and Salmon steaks with muscadet, watercress and dill potatoes.

The evening begins at 7pm until 9pm and includes a tasting of all the dishes that Mark will be demonstrating, accompanied by a glass or two of wine.

Tickets are £35 and available from Padstow Seafood School. For more information and bookings please call the school on 01841 533 466 or email seafoodschool@rickstein.com.

Spaces are limited. Please book early.

Photography by Rebecca Berns…

Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey - Book Signing

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Far Eastern Odyssey is a culinary journey along rivers, through jungles and around coastlines. Along the way, Rick visits traditional family-run restaurants, street vendors, floating markets, night markets, fishing villages, and the local cinnamon and rice farmers to learn about the authentic food of the Far East, and to sample the delicious spectrum of exotic flavours.

In this tie-in cookery book to the series, Rick shares his new-found knowledge, recreating the tantalizing food of his travels and capturing on the plate the rich and varying cultures of the Far East.

With over 150 new recipes and breathtaking on-location photography, this book evokes the magic of bustling markets, exotic locations and exciting flavours.

It will be held at Stein’s Deli in Padstow on Thursday 6th August, where Rick will be signing copies of this book between 11am and 12 noon.

Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey is currently being shown on BBC2, Thursday nights from 8 - 9pm.

Children’s Fish Cookery at Padstow Seafood School

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Get the kids into the kitchen this July with a fun fish cookery session at Padstow Seafood School.

Introduce your child to the pleasures of cooking with this short course especially for young cooks. This unique session encourages children to take part in cooking by learning the basics of fish cookery in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.

We find that our younger students always leave inspired after having a great time in the kitchen under the supervision of Padstow Seafood School’s experienced chefs. They have fun whilst learning important kitchen skills such as preparing fish and crab, making mayonnaise, filleting and pan frying!

The children’s fish cookery course is being held on Tuesday 28th July, from 9am - 12 noon and is aimed at children aged 8-11 years.

Padstow Seafood School is currently offering a 20% discount on this course, with prices reduced from £70 to £55.

For more information or to book your child a place, please contact the school on 01841 533466.

Padstow Contemporary Art Gallery Autumn Exhibition

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Last week I mentioned that Padstow Contemporary Art Gallery was opening its Autumn Exhibition, and last Friday evening attended the private viewing. There was a warm atmosphere within the small exhibition space, welcoming as we stepped in from the crisp Autumn darkness. All the design team from Pickle Design attended, eager to see John O'Carroll's new work alongside regular exhibitors to his gallery.

The featured image in this post is called Damascus by Gareth Edwards, and is hung upstairs. His work in the lower gallery evokes the Camel Estuary, and the choice of media gives it the impression that it has formed from the boatyards and sands wonderfully. Simon Gaiger's sculpture draws on nautical mythology, especially memorable in the piece Charybdis, based on the spokes of a carriage wheel, and effortlessly conjuring images of the Greek sea monster.

Art Exhibition in Cornwall

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Padstow Contemporary Art Gallery is opening its Autumn 2008 Exhibition next Saturday, the 18th October. It features work by Gareth Edwards, Simon Gaiger, and, of course, John O'Carroll, the resident artist and curator.

John also has another exhibition running in Holland, Archaiologia, at Galerie Roger Katwijk. This is where, in a few weeks, he will be presenting his new book cataloguing his work from the last ten years.

Padstow Contemporary Art Gallery is located in an atmospheric alleyway in the centre of the town, and is open from 11am to 5pm daily, and 11am to 1pm on Sunday. The image above is "Grey Wing" by Simon Gaiger.

Cycle Hire

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There has been a boom in businesses offering cycle hire as more and more people look to healthy options for their holiday entertainment. Ski resorts push mountain biking as soon as the snow starts to trickle away in the swelling streams, and it is not just adrenaline sports fans that take the headlong trip any more. There is an ever increasing number of families looking for excitement in this way.

There may not be mountains in the South West, but there are a great number of companies that provide bikes to travel over the largely untamed landscape. A lot of these are based on existing cycle trails such as Trail Bike Hire on the Camel Trail near Padstow, but some now delve into the moors with mountain bike leaders. Coupled with cycle hire, this is a very convenient way to edge out of our individual comfort zones.

The very factor that puts many off cycling in South West, the hilly terrain, can be the most attractive reason to make the extra effort. Fitness is not the only concern, there i…