I couldn’t go to Padstow and not eat in one of Rick Stein‘s many establishments. Padstow really is Stein central, with his restaurant, hotel with a bistro and bar, cafe, fish and chip shop, seafood bar, cookery school, accommodation, deli, patisserie, fishery and gift shop. Yes, he really has all that in one town.
I’m actually a bit of a fan of the TV chef, but the budget wouldn’t quite stretch to his beautiful restaurant, so instead we opted on breakfast in Rick Stein’s Cafe. The cafe itself is lovely, all white wood and snuggly booths. It is simple, but cosy, with plenty of Rick’s books on display. There’s also a little courtyard at the back, but as it was raining, we took over a booth and settled in.
A friendly waiter (after chatting to Dave about his wrestling t-shirt…this happens in so many places we go..) took our drinks order. I, of course, went for a latte (£2.95). The syrup offering was a bit narrow, and they’d run out of vanilla too, but I was content with a good slosh of gingerbread (£0.50), and it was an excellent, freshly ground coffee. Dave’s peppermint tea (included with his breakfast) arrived in a cute teapot (which you can buy yourself in the gift shop next door), and he got what seemed to be an endless line of cups of tea out of the pot.
For once, I decided not to order something involving avocado or smoked salmon, and chose the Huevos Rancheros (£5.50). Two fried eggs are served on a tasty bed of tomatoes on mini tortillas. It was delicious. The tomato mix was spicy, and the eggs were perfectly cooked for that runny yolk I love so much. I thought this was a decent portion for the price too, and I was full without filling stuffed.
Dave ordered the Breakfast Special (£7.95) which is a bacon roll with a freshly squeezed orange juice and hot drink of your choice. The roll was massive and full of crispy bacon, which again made this an excellent deal.
We were both very surprised by how reasonable the cafe was actually. We’d expected a mark-up purely because of the name, but I’ve paid lots more for brunch in Birmingham and not batted an eyelid. The cafe is so relaxing to be in, the staff are friendly and attentive and the food really was excellent. A total bargain, if you ask me.