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The 10 best restaurants in Padstow

Deborah Caine 22 March 2024

Padstow is the pearl in the oyster of Cornwall’s north coast and a widely revered foodie destination. The pretty town centre’s charming, characterful narrow streets curve around its stunning working harbour that leads out into the Camel River and Estuary. Perhaps it won’t surprise you that there is an abundance of fabulous places to eat in Padstow, especially seafood.

From Michelin star bistros to cosy pubs in Padstow and dinners out with the children, it can be somewhat difficult to know where to start. But don’t worry, because we’ve got you! Here you’ll find our choice of the finest eateries and restaurants Padstow serves up to visitors and locals, along with pricing details.  

Most of our Padstow restaurants cater to different dietary requirements and tastes, and frequently update their menus, so do check the relevant websites for all the latest info, including dog-friendly restaurants and pubs in Padstow. It should also be noted that a decent portion of the establishments featured, require advance bookings. If you are planning a holiday to Padstow, why not browse our collection of self-catering accommodation in the town today?

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Best for seafood | The Seafood Restaurant

Couple enjoying oysters and shellfish dish in restaurant

This celebrated, Michelin Star restaurant launched by Rick Stein and his then-wife Jill in 1975, is open daily for lunch and dinner. They offer a three-course, set lunch menu for £30, comprising of Japanese fish cakes, grilled hake and chocolate mousse for dessert. Lobster thermidor, scallops and an Indonesian seafood curry are on the sample menu, along with an array of non-seafood options and there’s even a children’s menu. 

Looking for a little, last-minute luxury? Come spring 2024, champagne and oysters are again to be served in the light and bright (non-bookable) conservatory. For more casual eats, you could dine at Rick Stein’s Café in Padstow or for some quality, Padstow fish and chips. 

Good to know

  • Where is the Seafood Restaurant? Riverside, Padstow, PL28 8BY 
  • How much does it cost to dine at The Seafood Restaurant? £65 based on three course sample menu. Browse The Seafood Restaurant menu
  • When is the Seafood Restaurant open? Open daily, Monday to Friday: 12-2pm and 5.30-9pm, Saturday: 12-2:30pm and 5-9pm, and Sunday: 12-2:30pm and 5.30-9pm
  • Stay nearby: Court House | sleeps 10 + 2 dogs 

Best for traditional pub grub | The Old Custom House 

Exterior photo of The Old Custom HousePhoto credit: The Old Custom House

With its recognisable and historical façade, this family-friendly, former customs house located directly opposite the harbour is considered one of the best pubs in Padstow. 

With a warm and tasteful blend of old and new décor, the pub menu offers a tempting and wide-ranging selection of contemporary pub food options, including a children’s menu and Sunday roasts. There’s a worthy selection of locally brewed ales, fine wines and signature cocktails to sample too. 

Good to know

  • Where is The Old Custom House? South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL
  • How much does it cost to dine at The Old Custom House? £40 based on a three-course sample menu. Browse The Old Custom House menu
  • When is the Old Custom House open? The Old Custom House in Padstow is open daily 11am-11pm, with food served 12-9pm
  • Stay nearby: Old Custom House Barn | sleeps 5

Best for classic French cuisine | St Petroc’s Bistro

Delicious fish dish

Located in the town centre in one of Padstow’s oldest buildings and a stone’s throw from Rick Stein’s well-seasoned ‘Seafood’ restaurant, you’ll find his intimate, oak-furnished bistro, where classic French cuisine – such as quality steaks and seafood dishes are the flavours of the day – and there’s a children’s menu to boot. Apéritif? 

There’s a lounge and a snug bar, or head to sister-business Ruby’s Bar, which is handily just next door. The bistro also boasts a secret garden, where you may wish to pair a glass of indulgence with a selection of small seafood plates, or you can hire the private dining room for up to 14 of your VIPs.

Good to know

  • Where is St Petroc’s Bistro? 4 New Street, Padstow PL28 8EA
  • How much does it cost to dine at St Petroc’s Bistro? £50 based on three course sample menu. Take a look at St Petroc's Bistro menu
  • When is St Petroc’s Bistro open? Open daily for lunch and dinner 12-3pm and 6-9pm.
  • Stay nearby: Kittiwake | sleeps 8 

Best for Michelin, fine dining | Paul Ainsworth at No6

Outside photo of No6 in PadstowPhoto credit: Paul Ainsworth at No6

Paul Ainsworth’s restaurant in Padstow run by Paul and his wife Emma, is a Michelin star, fine-dining establishment, set in a beautiful Georgian townhouse in the town’s heart. Creating modern plates with locally sourced ingredients, it’s open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday. They welcome children over the age of four and there’s a children’s menu upon request. 

The restaurant has two dining areas, including a private space seating up to six people. Menu choices include crapaudine beetroot and smoked eel, and all of the pigeon, salted plum ketchup and black cardamon. The menu is priced per person for the two-and-a-half-hour foodie experience. Or for something else, relax with cocktails and pintxos in CiCi’s Bar above the restaurant – booking is advised. 

Good to know

  • Where is Paul Ainsworth at No6? 6 Middle Street, Padstow PL28 8AP
  • How much does it cost to dine at Paul Ainsworth at No6? £160 set price per person. Browse the Paul Ainsworth at No6 menu
  • When is Paul Ainsworth at No6 open? Tuesday to Saturday 11.45am-2pm and 5-8.45pm 
  • Stay nearby: Sandpiper | sleeps 6

Best for relaxed, family dining | Burgers & Fish

Photo of mouth-watering burgers on plate

With comfy leather booths and an open charcoal grill, this fun and relaxed family-friendly restaurant is renowned for its gourmet charcoal-grilled burgers. 

Fish and chips, lamb ragu, grilled octopus and garden bean burgers are a few of the plates presented on the sample menu and they have a dedicated children’s menu as well. And if you fancy a sweet treat, this Padstow restaurant also serves scrumptious afternoon cream teas and a selection of cakes. 

Good to know

  • Where is Burgers & Fish? 1A The Strand, Padstow, PL28 8AJ
  • How much does it cost to dine at Burgers & Fish? £40 based on three-course sample menu. Take a look at the Burgers & Fish menu.
  • When is Burgers & Fish open? Open daily and serving food 12-9.30pm 
  • Stay nearby: 12 New Street | sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

Best for history as it’s Padstow’s oldest pub | The Golden Lion

Exterior photo of The Golden Lion pubPhoto credit: The Golden Lion

With the grand title of Padstow’s oldest pub, this traditional and centrally placed pub is also the stable home of the ‘Old Oss’, one of two ‘obby horses’ let loose upon the town with much revelry every May first, in celebration of the ancient Pagan festival of Beltane. 

The pub offers local ales and hearty, home-cooked pub food at its best. From seafood to burgers, soups, plant-based meals and Sunday roasts, there’s something to suit the tastebuds of adults and little ones alike and yes, there is a children’s menu. The Golden Lion has been run by the Rickard family for 30-plus years. 

Good to know

  • Where is The Golden Lion? 19 Lanadwell Street, Padstow PL28 8AN
  • How much does it cost to dine at The Golden Lion? £35 based on three course sample menu. Check out The Golden Lion menu.
  • When is The Golden Lion open? Open Monday to Saturday 12-2pm and 5-8pm, and for roasts on Sundays, 12-6pm. Timings may vary during low season
  • Stay nearby: Harbourside Cottage | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Best for Italian | Caffè Rojano

Photo of delicious Italian dishes at Caffe Rojano in PadstowPhoto credit: Caffe Rojano

Paul and Emma Ainsworth’s lively, Michelin star brasserie serves up a New York-Italian style menu with Brooklyn-inspired pizzas, pasta, burgers and small plates, such as their arancini balls and other delectable morsels, with a range of food choices to suit different diets and preferences. There is also a bambini menu! 

Caffè Rojano stays true to the ethos of original owner, Stanley Rojano, who opened the establishment in 1974. The building homing this Padstow restaurant was built in 1905 and first occupied by Tonkin Bootmakers, who made hand-sewn boots for the fishermen. 

Good to know

  • Where is Caffè Rojano? 9 Mill Square, Padstow PL28 8AE
  • How much does it cost to dine at Caffè Rojano? £40 based on three-course sample menu. Take a look at the Italian menu.
  • When is Caffè Rojano open? The brasserie opens daily 12pm until 9.30pm
  • Stay nearby: Little Tregarth | sleeps 2 

Best for al fresco dining| Greens of Padstow

Photo of outside dining area at Greens of PadstowPhoto credit: Greens of Padstow

With sweeping, al fresco views across the estuary and an 18-hole mini golf course thrown into the mix which the kids are sure to love, Greens offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as coffee and cake. 

Greens of Padstow cater to all tastes including little ones. The lunch menu offers a selection of mains, sandwiches and salads and the current dinner menu lists meals such as roasted monkfish, slow-cooked beef short rib and a beetroot tart. 

Good to know

  • Where is Greens of Padstow? North Quay, Padstow PL28 8AF
  • How much does it cost to dine at Greens of Padstow? £45 based on three-course sample menu. Browse the Greens of Padstow menu here.
  • When is Greens of Padstow open? Greens of Padstow is open for business from 10am Monday to Saturday. Head to their website for current opening times
  • Stay nearby: Upperdeck | sleeps 2 + 1 dog 

Best for tapas style seafood | Prawn on the Lawn

Photo of inside dining area at Prawn on the Lawn in PadstowPhoto credit: Prawn on the Lawn

Seared tuna, Padstow brown crab and seafood orzetto are a few of the dishes presented on the website menu at this Michelin Star bistro. Owned by Rick and Katie Toogood, Prawn on the Lawn was opened in 2015, two years after the pair launched their Islington restaurant of the same name. 

With a cool and breezy vibe, Prawn on the Lawn Padstow serves delicious tapas-style seafood, ‘fish for the table’, oysters and shellfish. Small plates change daily depending on the local catch.

Good to know

  • Where is Prawn on the Lawn? 11 Duke Street, Padstow PL28 8AB
  • How much does it cost to dine at Prawn on the Lawn? Small plates starting from £12 each on sample menu. See what the Prawn on the Lawn menu offers.
  • When is Prawn on the Lawn open? The bistro opens Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm – 10pm. 
  • Stay nearby: St Piran’s | sleeps 8 

Best for harbour views | Pucelli’s

Photo of Italian cuisine dishes including pizza and pastas

If you’re looking for Italian restaurants in Padstow, Pucelli’s is a well-loved eatery which prides itself as a welcoming, family restaurant which offers good food and service and value for money. This family business was established in 1983 and you’ll find it located in a prime spot on the first floor, with amazing harbourside views. 

This delightful Padstow restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner daily from 10am until late, with a tempting menu of antipasti, pasta and pizza including a children’s menu and various dietary options. Their website says that they don’t take reservations during high season and payment is by card and contactless only.

Good to know

  • Where is Pucelli’s? 9 South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL
  • How much does it cost to dine at Pucelli’s? £35 based on three-course sample menu
  • When is Pucelli’s open? Open daily 10am-9pm
  • Stay nearby: Mariners View | sleeps 4 

Stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages in Padstow

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Hopefully, we’ve given you a taste of some of Padstow’s best foodie hotspots and maybe even given you an appetite to visit? If so, then we have a wide range of great Cornwall holiday properties, including plenty of dog-friendly accommodation in Padstow.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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