Rick says, “I love Padstow for it’s strong sense of identity. There are Cornish coastal towns that these days seem to exist almost solely for the summer season, and all but die at the end of October, but Padstow is very different. There’s a good year-round community here, which makes the town feel very much alive, even in the depths of winter. A big part of this is that Padstow is not a seaside town, but a working fishing port – it is a beautiful place to come for a holiday, and it does get very busy in July and August, but it has a purpose that is distinct from tourism, and this gives the place a defined character that is rooted in the traditions of the fishing industry.”

“There are families that have been fishing out of Padstow for more generations than they can remember, and it’s a joy to watch the boats come in – it’s such an important part of our heritage. I think this is why so many people like to visit the town – they just love its character. I’m very lucky, the Seafood Restaurant and the Padstow Seafood School really couldn’t be in a better place – they overlook the harbour, so I can see the fish that we will use that day being landed. It gives me a great sense of connection with where I live and work.”

There are so many great things to see and do in and around Padstow, but if you are looking for inspiration have a look at some of the ideas on the Rick Stein blog

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Image by Anna McCarthy

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