Padstow is a really popular tourist spot, and is only getting busier as it’s reputation as a foodie destination grows. Here’s my top tips for ten things to do in Padstow.
Hire a bike
Padstow is on the beginning of the Camel Trail, an 18 mile cycle route that runs along a disused railway line, all the way to Wenfordbridge. There are lots of places to hire a bike in Padstow. I recommend Trail Bike Hire. I got a bike for the whole day for just £14, and the hiring process was super fast and easy. They’ll throw in a bike lock and repair kit as part of the price, and you can also borrow helmets.
The trailer is mostly traffic free, and virtually level. It’s gorgeous too, with the first part all along the water, and then into a wood. There are plenty of coffee shops on the way too.
Eat somewhere stein
There is a staggering array of options for all budgets, but Stein truly is the king of Padstow. If you’re on a budget, hit his Patisserie at the end of the day for bargains on pastries (we went in about ten minutes before closing and pastries were two for one, and there discounts on pasties too. The cafe is a good deal too. If you’re feeling more flush with cash, his main restaurant is supposed to be gorgeous, or you could feel chic and sit at the bar with champagne and oysters in the Seafood Bar. You can even take a little Rick home, with tasty treats from the deli.
Get the Ferry to Rock
The ferry ride itself is nice. It’s only a few minutes, but you get some lovely views across Padstow Harbour. Once you get to Rock, make sure you pop by the Lifeboat Station (the RNLI are always in dire need of funds), and then stroll up the high street. There are a few shops, and a couple of good pubs, where you can drink with a view. Check out The Mariners, a pub owned by Nathan Outlaw. It’s an very pleasant afternoon out.
Visit the National lobster hatchery
Head to Harlyn Bay
Harlyn Bay us considered one of the best family beaches in Cornwall. The beach is spacious, and sandy, with plenty of interesting rock pools. It’s a popular spot with the surfers and body boarders too, so you can either have a go yourself and relax on the sand and watch.
Take a boat ride
There are lots of options for different boat trips from Padstow, depending on budget and the sort of trip you’re after. We caught the Jubilee Queen which is an hour and a half long trip along the coast line, looking out for interesting features and wildlife. You can also catch the Sealife Safaris which is crewed entirely by RNLI volunteers, and takes you on a trip to search for seals. There are lots of different fast boat options too, if you’re after something more thrill seeking.
Test out some local produce
There are lots of businesses in Padstow creating food and drink locally. Whether it’s the Padstow Coffee Company, a local beer in the Padstow Tasting Rooms, or some tasty from Chip Ahoy, there are lots of options for filling your face. Keep your eye out for food markets too. We found one in the Memorial Hall where you could 20 different kinds of cheese.
Padstow has a surprising amount of high street shops for a small town, but it’s the specialist shops that stand out. Grab your surf gear (or your surfer chic look) from Ann’s Cottage, go nautical at Quba or stock up on sweet treats at one of the many fudge shops. There’s even a shop just for things for your dog.
Eat a proper cornish pasty
There is a mind boggling array of places to buy a Cornish pasty from in Padstow. Whichever you choose, buy it hot and eat it straight away. Delicious. We loved The Chough Bakery, which is a family run bakery, using locally sourced ingredients. They also came top in the Cornish Pasty Company category in the World Pasty Championships in 2016.
Have a drink
Padstow is home to some lovely bars and pubs if you fancy a tipple. We love The Old Ship Hotel, for nice surroundings, excellent food and friendly welsh owners! Pop in and catch the rugby. If you’re feeling a little posher, try The Old Custom House. They have a traditional pub menu, but also has the recently opened Cally Seafood Bar where you can enjoy oysters and champagne.