St Petroc's Hotel & Bistro

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A breezier, less formal and cheaper alternative to Rick Stein’s flagship Seafood Restaurant (which also has bedrooms), St Petroc’s occupies a handsome white Georgian building with bags of character. The accommodation boasts lots of luxury touches and the bistro appeals with its lively vibe, light colours, contemporary art and user-friendly, Euro-accented menu. Stein’s trademark fish dishes play their part, but that’s only half the story: alongside the likes of curried crab mayonnaise, grilled lemon sole with brown shrimps or scallops with pumpkin seeds, serrano ham, chilli and coriander, you’ll also find sharing boards, goats’ cheese bruschetta, bavette bordelaise and pork chops with buttery cider sauce. To finish, try lemon tart or classic Paris-Brest – a delectable confection of choux pastry and whipped cream. The wine list offers a good range of affordable styles and varietals to match the food.

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St Petroc's Hotel & Bistro

4 New Street, Padstow ,Padstow PL28 8BY

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Close but no cigar

by   gold reviewer (32)

Feb 2015

The attractive, understated St Petroc's ticks all the boxes for matey atmosphere, fresh generally well-executed food, pleasant staff and last but not least its ungreedy prices. But on our latest visit in November 2014, we felt less cheerleader and more naysayer. On a limited menu the standout starter of squid, chorizo, red pepper and potatoes had hit the 'out-of' button by the time we ordered at 9pm, and there was the option of just two fish mains, neither of which grabbed me. Forced...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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St Petroc's Hotel & Bistro

4 New Street, Padstow ,Padstow PL28 8BY

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Jul 2012

Nights off from babysitting our child are scarce – we thought we'd try dinner at St Petrocs. For 30 minutes we had to endure a screaming child on the adjacent table, so loud it was absurd and making every single person visibly uncomfortable and irate. The parents were completely oblivious to the noise and unwilling even to try and comfort the baby. I am fully aware of the difficulties of having children in restaurants as i have one of my own, but yet the staff did not feel they were in a position...

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Nick D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 2

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Rick Stein

Rick Stein’s route to fame and fortune has been circuitous. Having flunked his ‘A’ levels, he travelled the world after his father’s suicide, returning to read English at Oxford. Later, he moved to Padstow in north Cornwall where he opened a nightclub that eventually became The Seafood Restaurant. Since 1975, Stein has added a cookery school, bistro, café and chippy to his ‘Padstein’ empire, written 19 cookery books and made 25 TV shows.

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