have come to my friend Kim’s lovely house in Padstow – the town is busy, but the beach is empty- especially the bit around Tregirls beach. you just have to make the effort to walk there, as there is no parking around. each time I come to padstow it changes, the light, the time of year, the fields, the plants – at the moment there are so many wild flowers, which add a colourful display to the beautiful landscape. i love that you can visit the same places, but they look different all the time.
there are lots of places to stay in padstow no 6 middle street in padstow has a few rooms to rent, but the restaurant has very good food; the same chef has now bought rojanos in padstow, which has a more casual menu, serving pizzas and pasta and apparently an amazing knickerbocker glory. in fact its open all day for teas and coffees, so probably a nice place to stop by for a drink and break.
you can of course stay at numerous rooms owned by Rick Stein, very desirable, but pricey too. a cheaperalternative is cally croft b and b – only a couple of rooms, but of a very high standard. also try coswarth house b and b.
its a sad fact that most of the local amenties have disappeared from padstow, replaced by surf shops and boutique clothes shops, but fortunately there is still a local spar that sells some local produce, but there is a good local farm shop, Padstow Farm shop, which is a lovely 20 minute walk through country lanes that sells fresh meat and vegetables and a selection of jams and chocolate.