Cornwall Week 1.1 Padstow.

Yesterday we went to see the Eden Project. Well, that was intention. There was a massive accident on the A30. At 10.30 the motorway was closed because of a 4 vehicle pile up. A car transporter, a van and 2 cars. Major carnage. Not a great start to a bank holiday weekend. We were lucky enough to get off the motorway before they closed our side. Those coming the other way must have been trapped for hours. There were police cars, fire engines, ambulances and even helicopters in attendance.

So we took an early exit and finally headed onto the Eden Project but by the time we had parked, walked a long way to the ticket office complex amongst the school groups and then clocked the admission fee (NZ$110 for two of us) plus the fact I wasn’t feeling well, we decided to cut our loses and instead drove to the west of Cornwall to the lovely little town of Padstow.

Those foodies amongst us will know that chef and food writer Rick Stein put Padstow on the culinary map. He has numerous restaurants here, from fine dining to his Fish and Chippery. The town is very quaint, built slightly higglety piggelty from the beach up and around the little harbour. Lots of tiny colourful shops (including RS’s patisserie) sell clothing, jewellery, nicknacs, and of course plenty of pasties and Cornish fudge. Kids were trying their luck fishing, there was a busker playing guitar and the atmosphere was just lovely.

Feeling peckish after the long stop/start trip of the morning we decided to try our luck at the F&C cafe. You have to queue for a table (it didn’t take long) and then decide on the type of fish, how you want it cooked and if you want to add a sauce. On the waitresses recommendation we ordered Hake and chips with tartare sauce and a local lager to wash it down. The food came very quickly and I have to say it was delicious. The batter was light and crunchy and the chips crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Adding some salt and vinegar to the chips and I was a very happy camper. The ambiance is lively and the turnover fast. The bill came to Ā£30 which is steep and probably would have been cheaper if we had gone the takeaway route, (also available) but we both thought it was worth it. We sat in the window which looked out over the car park so no water views here. Next door is Rick Stein’s cooking school on one side and his delicatessen on the other. He is everywhere. Not that we saw him although he is due there on Monday for a book signing.

Time to head back (avoiding the A30 and instead taking every country lane in between, some only wide enough for one car) to see the doggies and cats and take them for a walk. The sun came out and it was a lovely evening.

Might try the Eden Project another time.

Big tail back on the A30. The Friday of a bank holiday weekend. 4 vehicle pile-up.

Big tail back on the A30. The Friday of a bank holiday weekend. 4 vehicle pile-up.

Padstow panarama

Padstow panarama

Padstow

Padstow

Padstow's famous chef, Rick Stein, has a number of restaurants and even a cooking school here.

Padstow’s famous chef, Rick Stein, has a number of restaurants and even a cooking school here.

Rick Stein Fish and Chips

Rick Stein Fish and Chips

Fish and chips and a lager. Yum.

Fish and chips and a lager. Yum.

Your F&Cs come in a cardboard box with a selection of condiments

Your F&Cs come in a cardboard box with a selection of condiments

It's pretty simple decor but fast and friendly service.

It’s pretty simple decor but fast and friendly service.

Coming back from a walk.

Coming back from a walk.

Woody the woodpecker partaking of his daily peanut smorgasbord

Woody the woodpecker partaking of his daily peanut smorgasbord

Daily walk. What amazing views!

Daily walk. What amazing views!

About khodges2013

Alan and I divide our time between our apartment in Christchurch, New Zealand, and our 11.5m Dutch Cruiser, Silver Fern, on the canals in France. We started out hiring and eventually bought our boat in 2014. The two summers lifestyle is wonderful and we feel very lucky!
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6 Responses to Cornwall Week 1.1 Padstow.

  1. So the pasty survey faltered! I haven’t been to Padstow since the 60’s – sounds lovely. Great pics, especially of the woodpecker! Glad you could get off the A 30th. šŸ˜Š

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  2. Jim Hodges says:

    Looks like you are having a good look around, we loved Cornwall, spent quite a lot of time there with Amelia & Andrew

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