Lucy, Assistant Store Manager at our Padstow store, tells us why this town is well worth a visit. “Padstow is a wonderful historic fishing harbour which caters for all ages and budgets, throughout the year.
There are fun days out for all of the family, with a huge variety of activities available. You can go out on boat trips, crabbing down on the harbour (not forgetting to pop in store to buy your crabbing kits), visit the National Lobster hatchery, cycle The Camel Trail, enjoy various waterborne activities out on the Camel Estuary, as well as numerous beautiful coastal walks to take in the glorious views Padstow has to offer.
The Doom Bar is a sand bank in the mouth of the Camel Estuary which has to be dredged regularly allowing boats to pass through. Many years ago boats would get shipwrecked here as the sand would build up and cause them to crash; therefore becoming quite the talking point here in Padstow. Sharp’s brewery located in Rock has named one of their extremely popular ales now available all around the country after the infamous Doom Bar.
Not many people know that as well as the harbour Padstow has a few beaches. These are located just past the harbour and a short walk up to the Stile Field, as it is known locally. The beaches are called George’s Well and Chilli Pumps which then lead around to Tregirls beach – great hidden gems which are both quiet and dog friendly. A short drive from Padstow there are seven bays for seven days; Trevone Bay (which is nearest to Padstow) Harlyn Bay, Mother Ivey’s Bay, Booby’s Bay, Constantine Bay, Treyarnon Bay and Porthcothnan Bay.
There are many places to eat in Padstow whether it is to sit down or have as a takeaway by the harbour allowing you to revel in the lovely views over the estuary and across to Rock. Rick Stein has a number of establishments including a fish and chip shop, patisserie, deli, bistro, café and his famous Sea Food restaurant. Paul Ainsworth is another big food name in the town with the famous Number 6 restaurant (conveniently located across from Joules!) and Rojano’s a lovely family friendly Italian restaurant located just off from the harbour. Chough Bakery, as was seen on BBC 2’s The Fixer, is a very yummy pasty shop, whilst for afternoon cream teas and delightful cakes Cherry Trees is always worth a visit.
Greens café and crazy golf includes an elevated café with outside seating to allow you to take in the panoramic views of the harbour and estuary. But when it comes to fish and chips the Joules girls recommend Rick Stein’s fish and chips; just be prepared to queue! Fern Britton, Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth are amongst the stars that have homes locally. Plus we are on the north Cornish coastline near to Port Isaac where Doc Martin is filmed.