A picturesque fishing village and harbour located on the camel estuary!
A charming working fishing port and famous destination for food, Padstow is surrounded by glorious sandy beaches and is the start and end point for The Camel Trail. Home of the Rick Stein food dynasty and host to other famous chefs such as Paul Ainsworth, Padstow oozes class with boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.
A population of around 3000 call Padstow home and unlike many other Cornish towns, it’s a busy place year round. Steeped in history and with age old traditions such as the Obby Oss procession on May Day, there’s a serious buzz about this town, especially in the summer.
Location & transport links
There are several buses that provide transport to local areas from Padstow. The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway which is about a 40 minute drive and provides national rail travel to Bristol, London and beyond. If you prefer travelling by water, Rock Water Taxi provides an evening ferry service between Rock and Padstow in a 10m twin jet powered catamaran. There is also a foot ferry that runs between Padstow and Rock daily. At high tide it runs from the outer harbour every 15-20 minutes and from Lower Beach at low tide every 15-20 minutes.
Road links to Cornwall are good and you can get to Newquay Airport in around 20 minutes where there’s daily flights to London Heathrow, Manchester and many other locations.
Places to eat & drink
What can we say! Padstow definitely has it all when it comes to local produce with fresh fish, ice-cream and Cornish Pasties on the menu throughout town. With numerous cafe’s, pubs and restaurants throughout the town, one of our favourites is The Greens, which is a licensed cafe perched high above Padstow’s historicharbour. Panoramic views over the Camel Estuary and its own 18 hole mini golf course make it a fab place to go for all the family.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, why not Indulge in fresh, locally produced food made famous by celebrity chefs, including Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth. Try Ricks famous Seafood Restaurant, or head over to Paul’s at No.6, endorsed with 4 AA rosettes and 1 Michelin star. Whichever street you walk along, there’s so much food choice – Padstow really is a foodie heaven. Fresh, locally caught fish is often on the menu at the many restaurants around the town.
Whilst a small town, Padstow benefits from its strategic location on the North Coast, close to many surrounding villages and hamlets. You will find a Doctors Surgery and Dental Practice located within the town and for the weekly shop, there’s a decent sized Tesco superstore situated on the outskirts of town or the Spar Convenience store in the town centre for the essential daily items. Padstow Farm Shop is situated roughly a mile out of town where you will find a great selection of meats, cheeses and fish. They also sell their own signature Padstow Pasta, made with home grown durum wheat!
If you fancy heading to a local attraction, Prideaux Place is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan country house surrounded by beautiful garden scenery. There’s a multitude of clothing stores, art galleries and craft shops dotted around the town. For those who like to shop, you will find many independent stores nestled amongst some better known high street brands to ensure that you never get bored of Padstow!
Along the Atlantic coastline at Constantine Bay you will find Trevose Golf Club and a boat ride across the Estuary, the classy St Enodoc Golf Club can be found in the village of Rock. There’s also a lot of Watersport based activities to enjoy on the Camel Estuary whilst scenic coastal walks take you to more secluded spots such as Tregirls Beach.
May Day is the biggest day on Padstow’s calendar where you can see local’s dress up to celebrate the start of summer. The famous ‘Obby ‘Oss parade through the town is a yearly event where you could see as many as 30,000 people parade the streets where both locals and visitors are welcomed.
The Rick Stein effect has seen Padstow become one of Cornwall’s most prestigious places to live and visit over the last 25 years. Property prices rise year on year in this famous fishing town and you will find a wide variety of new and old property throughout the town and surrounding areas.
Centuries old cottages nestle amongst larger town house property in the town centre whilst new, modern developments are increasingly growing on the outskirts of town. Rising 21% over the last 5 years alone, current average property prices stand at £463,814 as of late 2018 and this is fuelled in part by the demand for holiday accommodation and second homes.
With that said, Padstow isn’t exactly a ghost town in the winter and the spectacular views across the Estuary are part of the reason people want to make a permanent home in the town. Affordable homes, designed to help local youngsters get on the property ladder have been built in recent years and there’s plans afoot for many more homes to be built on the west side of town. If you’re looking to move into Padstow you often have to act quickly as it’s an incredibly competitive market!
Why we love Padstow!
- A welcoming town with a real family feel
- One of the UK’s most revered culinary hot spots
- 5 minute drive from Golden sandy beaches
- Start and end point for the gorgeous Camel Cycle Trail
- Great shops, art galleries and museums
- Stunning scenery and views across the Estuary
- Close to major transport links, including the Airport