SquareMeal Review of
The Mariners Public House
While his two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is making waves in Port Isaac, the superstar seafood chef is also keeping one foot planted in his old stamping ground near Padstow. Handily placed with views over the Camel Estuary from its bracing terrace, the Mariners is the result of a tie-in with Sharp’s Brewery who have helped to give the pub a new lease of life. One of Outlaw’s protégés heads up the kitchen, although there’s nothing too flashy about the food on offer. Order at the bar from a no-nonsense menu that might run from Cornish crab cakes, mussels with sage, cider and clotted cream or breaded hake with tartare sauce to potted duck on toast or lamb chops with mint sauce and hispi cabbage. The split-level interior has received some low-key refurbishment, but we’d recommend sitting outside on warm days, with a pint of Doom Bar and some Porthilly oysters. There’s also a modest food-friendly wine list to consider.