In Brief

Classification: Town
Twinned with: No-one
Population: 2,993 in 2011
Notable present and former residents: Celebrity chef Rick Stein and Cornish poet, publisher and author Donald Rawe
Films shot in town: ‘The Final Conflict’ (1981) and ‘Twelfth Night’ (1996)
Interesting factoid: Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss festival is a hit at the start of May each year. It always begins at midnight on May Eve outside the Golden Lion


Mention Padstow and it won’t be long before someone mentions Rick Stein. The celebrity chef has become synonymous with the seaside town on the north Cornish coast due to his fab eateries and his work in championing Padstow as a culinary haven. His work paved the way for many great restaurants and nosh spots in the town and now tourists flock here to sample the incredible seafood. But there’s more to Padstow than just the grub. The colourful harbour that’s lined with old fisherman’s cottages is quaint Cornwall personified, as are the ancient medieval lanes that slope down to the quayside. The beaches are plentiful and superb, the coastal walks are a treat, the local attractions are fab and the many boutique shops in town are well worth a browse. And then there are the numerous festivals that are held in these streets throughout the year. Come to Padstow for the divine food, for sure. But stay for much more besides.