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|Address:||Riverside, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8BY|
|Tel:||01841 532 700|
|Price: £78.00||Wine: £21.00||Champagne: £44.75|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-1.30pm 7-10.30pm|
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We went to Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant as part of an “eating and drinking” trip to North Cornwall. Luckily I didn't read the reviews below before we went, otherwise we wouldn't have gone, but we had a lovely lunch which it would have been a pity to miss.
While I agree that the staff were not the most welcoming (whether when I called to book, or when they phoned to reconfirm, or in person on the day), the food was great. I had the japanese style crab for starters, followed by monkfish rolled in garlic and fennel semolina and panfried. My husband had the smoked salmon with beetroot, followed by the lamb for main course and we thoroughly enjoyed both.
The wine list was good, but I was disappointed not to see more wines by the glass, and not to see more English wines.
There was zero atmosphere in the restaurant – it was only half full (it was a Monday lunchtime during term time, so no surprise) and the staff had spread everyone out around the quite large restaurant so it was a bit like eating in a mausoleum.
It's worth noting that this restaurant is on an uninspiring street in Padstow with no views etc. You could be anywhere. If you want to enjoy the Cornish views, head 15 minutes down the road to The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth or to Jamie Oliver's 15 in Watergate Bay.
Starters, mains and drinks for two was £99.