Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Padstow
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Padstow restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 13 restaurants in Padstow and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Padstow restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 British, Modern restaurant in Padstow 6 Middle St - PL28
“Outstanding… that is all!”. Paul Ainsworth’s intimate and illustrious ten-year-old is nowadays the most-mentioned operation in town, far eclipsing Rick Stein’s nearby Seafood Restaurant in terms of the excitement it generates. “The kitchen can be seen from the tables, and is a dream to watch”, with “Paul himself almost invariably present”. The cuisine is as you might hope for – “technically accomplished, with quality materials, some inventiveness, and carefully prepared to preserve flavours”. “However, it’s the attention to detail, and the overwhelming passion for the place from its staff” that seals the experience for some diners: “nothing was too much trouble”.
2. Prawn on the Lawn Fish & seafood restaurant in Padstow 11 Duke Street - PL28
“Just brilliant, incredibly fresh seafood” is the payoff for a visit to Rick & Katie Toogood’s “very small” and “cramped” venture (24 covers), which – since they made the move from Islington in 2015 – has shown it can compete with the best of the best in this foodie enclave. (They still also own the restaurant of the same name in N1).
3. Appletons at the Vineyard Italian restaurant in Padstow Dark Lane - PL27
“Windows overlooking the vineyard” afford views onto this peacefully located spot – run by Andy Appleton (a graduate of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall) although the “huge barn” it occupies can feel a tad “quiet” at less busy times. Numerous “excellent” meals are reported this year from its Med-slanted modern British menu.
4. Seafood Restaurant Fish & seafood restaurant in Padstow Riverside - PL28
Harsher reports say the Stein family’s “large and buzzing” HQ near the harbour wall (but without any views) is “overpriced and you’re paying for the name”. But, a more representative view on the cradle of Rick Stein’s TV celebrity is that “despite the close proximity of the tables in the dining room, it’s still worth a visit”. Yes, probably there are restaurants “just as good but cheaper elsewhere in Cornwall” (and it’s not in the same league as Nathan Outlaw’s restaurants down the coast), but most reports still acclaim its “good choice” of “fantastic and well-prepared fish”, agreeable atmosphere and “friendly, knowledgeable staff”.
5. Rojanos in the Square Italian restaurant in Padstow 9 Mill Square - PL28
A Padstow institution since 1974, this Med-inspired outfit has been owned for the past 10 years by Paul Ainsworth of No 6. The menu runs from “delicious roast monkfish and really tasty pork chop and crackling” to “top pizza”. “Friendly and informal service” too.
6. Rick Stein’s Café Fish & chips restaurant in Padstow 10 Middle Street - PL28
One of six Stein venues in the Cornish capital of his empire, this casual outfit is notable for its “very good value”, and wins solid ratings for a “limited menu of well-cooked” fish and seafood.
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Paul Ainsworth at No. 6
Prawn on the Lawn
Appletons at the Vineyard
Rick Stein’s Café
Rojanos in the Square
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