Best restaurants in Padstow

Famed for its coastal views, roster of community-focused events and endless supply of fresh seafood, the Cornish town of Padstow has won the hearts of holiday goers across the nation, who flock here every summer to enjoy the soaring temperatures and endless scoops of ice cream. Come rain or shine though, Padstow restaurants are ready to serve up delicious fare that makes use of the area’s plentiful local produce. Restaurants here range from the cheap and casual to the fine-dining haunts that are more typically associated with moneyed big city neighbourhoods, cementing Padstow’s reputation as a bonafide haven for food lovers.

Updated on 09 March 2021

This coastal town on the west bank of the River Camel estuary may have earned the nickname ‘Padstein’ thanks to Rick Stein’s enclave of restaurants in the area, but while the celebrity chef’s contribution to this town’s culinary scene can’t be underestimated, there are plenty of other restaurants, cafes and pubs flying the flag for Padstow.

Popular with the tourist crowds thanks to its scenic views and community feel (look out for the various events and festivals held here during the summer months), it is perhaps no surprise that Padstow has attracted some of the UK’s top culinary talent, especially when you account for the area’s abundance of fresh seafood and local produce.

While there are certainly options here for hot-ticket, special occasion dining which draws in couples celebrating wedding anniversaries or groups of friends looking to mark a milestone birthday, there are also plenty of bargains to be had in Padstow, with restaurants in the area ranging from fine-dining haunts to casual fish and chip takeaways. To make sure you don’t put a foot wrong when diving into Padstow’s much-hyped food scene, we have rounded up the very best restaurants in Padstow that will make your stay here extra special.

The Olive Tree - Padstow

The Olive Tree - Padstow

1 Crossroads, St Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8FE

On Padstow’s outskirts, this relaxed Meditteranean restaurant makes good use of Cornwall’s abundance of fresh produce. Menus change seasonally, but you might enjoy the likes of Cornish crab with an orange, fennel and rocket salad.

£30 - £49
Mediterranean
St Petroc

St Petroc's Hotel & Bistro

4 New Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BY

French dining achieved with Cornish produce is the mantra of this Rick Stein outpost, with a menu full of impressive bistro classics. Take advantage of the terrace on sunnier days, when dogs are welcome too.

£30 - £49
French
Burgers and Fish

Burgers and Fish

1A The Strand, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AJ

Doing what it says on the tin, this casual spot serves fresh fish dishes alongside gourmet burgers, cooked on a charcoal grill and (naturally) served with fries. There are a few veggie/vegan alternatives too.

£30 - £49
Burgers
Purcellis

Purcellis

West Quay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AH

Need a break from Padstow’s endless seafood options? Head to this Italian kitchen instead, where you will find the likes of fresh pasta and creamy mushrooms atop bruschetta, served with a side of sea views.

£30 - £49
Italian
The Golden Lion - Padstow

The Golden Lion - Padstow

Lanadwell Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AN

Traditional in look and feel, the Golden Lion places comfort at the heart of all it does, from the cosy atmosphere, to the tempting menu of pub classics including fish and chips with mushy peas.

Under £30
Pubs
British
Stein

Stein's Fish & Chips - Padstow

South Quay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BY

The most casual of the ‘Padstein’ empire is this stylish chippy which champions fish sourced from non-threatened stock. Seaside tradition dictates enjoying your supper as a takeaway, but there are tables inside for brisker nights.

Under £30
Fish and Chips
Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

6 Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AP

Chef Paul Ainsworth challenges Rick Stein’s dominion over Padstow with this fine-dining haunt set inside a Georgian townhouse. Local produce abounds while wow-factor is provided via fun touches including dessert served atop a miniature carousel.

£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
Embers

Embers

16 Market Place, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AL

Specialising in wood-fired pizzas (with pasta, light bites and coffee as worthy support acts), Embers offers both traditional and contemporary pizza toppings. It’s also great for those with food intolerances, offering vegan and gluten-free varieties.

£30 - £49
Pizza
Mussel Box

Mussel Box

11 Broad Street , Padstow, Cornwall, PL288BS

Go back to basics with this restaurant serving mussels any which way alongside small plates and a few heftier options. Mussels come from just a mile away, while all meat and veg is sourced locally.

£30 - £49
Fish
Cherry Trees

Cherry Trees

Grain House, West Quay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AQ

This unpretentious cafe has made a name for itself thanks to a daily-changing selection of delectable homemade cakes. Afternoon tea is also wildly popular and the light lunch options aren’t to be sniffed at either.

Under £30
Afternoon tea
Rick Stein’s Cafe

Rick Stein’s Cafe

10 Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BQ

A more family-friendly (and cheaper) alternative to Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, this casual cafe with rooms serves an approachable all-day menu of fresh fish and seasonal fare, as well as a dedicated offering for little ones.

Under £30
Modern European
St Moritz Hotel

St Moritz Hotel

Trebetherick, Padstow, Cornwall, PL27 6SD

The Shorecrest Restaurant serves seasonal produce in a light and airy space, while the outdoor bar is the place to be for sundowner cocktails. Top orders include the Moroccan spiced spatchcock chicken with fruity couscous.

£50 - £79
Modern European
The Cornish Arms

The Cornish Arms

Churchtown, St Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8ND

Near Padstow is this traditional boozer taken over by Rick Stein, although thankfully spared the gastropub treatment. Pool, darts and a beer garden ensure this is a pub first, as does the resolutely traditional menu.

£30 - £49
Pubs
Rafferty

Rafferty's

The Barn, St Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8NF

A short drive away in idyllic St Merryn, this cafe and wine bar is perfect for date night or catching up with friends. Explore the European-led selection of wines, while feasting on seafood sharing boards.

£30 - £49
Wine Bars
Greens of Padstow - NEW

Greens of Padstow - NEW

Greens of Padstow, Padstow,, PL28 8AF

Mini-golf isn’t often accompanied by good food, but Greens bucks the trend with its menu of locally sourced fish and steaks. Panoramic vistas of the Camel Estuary are also a big part of the appeal.

£30 - £49
British
The Seafood Restaurant Padstow

The Seafood Restaurant Padstow

Riverside, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BY

Rick Stein’s inaugural site is still stellar 40 years later, with the seafood bar offering the best seats in the house. Feast on Porthilly oysters and take advantage of the various ‘dine and stay’ packages.

Over £80
Fish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Caffè Rojano

Caffè Rojano

9 Mill Square, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AE

A sibling to No.6, Paul Ainsworth’s casual eatery Caffe Rojano serves food inspired by the Italian restaurants of New York and it is comfort food heaven - think fresh pasta, sourdough pizzas and stacked burgers.

£30 - £49
Italian
Prawn on the Lawn Padstow

Prawn on the Lawn Padstow

11 Duke Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AB

Sister to the London original, Prawn on the Lawn combines a fishmongers and stylish seafood bar. Oysters and seafood platters are the main draw, but don’t forget to check out the daily-changing small plates either.

£30 - £49
Fish
SquareMeal London Top 100

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