Part of the ‘Padstein’ empire, St Petroc’s is a hotel and bistro which occupies a handsome white Georgian building with bags of character, and is only a short stroll away from Padstow harbour. While those with a bigger budget might flock to celebrity chef Rick Stein’s flagship Seafood Restaurant (which also has bedrooms), St Petroc’s is a breezier, less formal and more affordable alternative.
The dining room here is a light and airy space with a life-affirming coastal vibe, with the relaxing and welcoming atmosphere perfectly complemented by the user-friendly, Euro-accented menu of traditional French bistro classics. Flying the flag for the Gallic region are dishes such as moules mariniere and onion tart from Alsace, which is served alongside a vibrant green salad and a helping of new potatoes. Naturally, Stein’s trademark fish dishes play their part, so you can also expect to come across the likes of prawn linguine with garlic chilli and parsley, or whole sea bass stuffed with fennel and dill and served with a fennel mayonnaise. If you prefer carnivorous delights, instead opt for a steak from the grill, cooked to your preference and accompanied by a sauce of your choice (we’d also recommend adding on a side of frites).
To finish, try sticky toffee pudding topped with Cornish clotted cream or chocolate pave with peanut crumb and a scoop of salted caramel ice cream. For those of a savoury disposition, there is a selection of cheese to choose from, best paired with a glass from the impressive wine list, which offers a good range of affordable styles and varietals to match the food.
On sunnier days, take advantage of St Petroc’s courtyard garden (which welcomes well behaved pooches), while those looking to make a night of it can retire to one of 10 charming on-site bedrooms.