Things to do in Padstow
Stroll along The Camel Trail. The 18-mile route follows a disused railway line through the Cornish countryside. There are bike hire shops near the start, if you want to pedal your way along the trail.
You can’t swing a cod in Padstow without hitting a good restaurant, but committed food fans should venture to nearby Coombeshead Farm. This small farm in Lewannick has been commandeered by a group of skilled young cooks. Now it’s a hotel and restaurant which favours open-fire cooking, fermenting, pickling and rare-breed pigs.
Pop in to cosy wine bar BinTwo. The buzzy space has floor-to-ceiling shelves of interesting bottles, and the tables are often full of merry drinkers until way past last orders. Beer fans should head to Padstow Brewing Co. By day it’s a bottle and can shop, by night a candle-lit tap room serving a small selection of the very best brews.
It’d be a crime to come all the way to Padstow without visiting Captain Barnacles. He’s a whopping great lobster – more than 60 years old – at the National Lobster Hatchery, whose mission is to promote sustainable fishing and increase the lobster population of Cornwall.
If you haven’t eaten a pasty on the harbour, have you even been to Padstow? You can’t walk ten paces in this town without tripping over a pasty shop sign – the only difficulty is choosing one. We love the classic steak from Stein’s Patisserie, a classy little bakery on Lanadwell Street.
Central, sophisticated and super-luxe, the Padstow Townhouse is the ultimate bolthole. Six suites have unique – yet tasteful – themes, all underpinned by classic country house decor. It’s impossible to go hungry: there are mini welcome pasties, a flask of boozy hot chocolate left waiting for you on your pillow, and a pantry that guests can raid 24/7 stocked with fresh cakes, gin and fizz. All of this within champagne cork-popping distance of your freestanding roll-top bath? Book us in for a month. From £300 a night.