I have finally made it back to Padstow – its been more than 3 years since I have been – staying with my lovely friends Jon and Kim, who moved down here several years ago. Each time i come, there are new enterprises popping up; including hawksfield, a recent enterprise of vintage furniture, health food and deli products, flowers, homeware by Jo and co. the cafe there is also a fun place to meet – its more informal, but also does breakfast. Hawksfield is just outside of Wadebridge.
we had lunch at Potager in Constantine, a cafe /restaurant housed in a garden centre which had been left to be delapidated and over the years has been restored ,to provide a really lovely space for meeting, arts and crafts workshops and really tasty healthy food.
I also walked over to the Old lifeboat station, Edward Woodward’s old house In Hawkers cove – again a beautiful spot and if you go early, say 9am, its practically deserted, even in the height of the August tourist season. sadly, it’s been sold and apparently being developed into something swish, which is always sad.
A new stopping place, just outside of Padstow is Margo’s – a restaurant that opens from breakfast, right through to dinner; the food is locally sourced and seasonal and you can also find local products for sale – chocolate, gin, wine and preserves. there is also a garden centre and flowers shop selling locally grown flowers.
A great place to eat is Appletons, a very tasty rustic Italian style food restaurant at trevibban mill. the food is locally grown and raised, with some of the vegetables grown on site. this is a local cornish vineyard that produces its own wine and cider, you can have wine tasting tours which sound fun – if only i drank wine! i noticed that you could buy home spun wool too. its always lovely to see new places opening up – i realised that we have been coming to Padstow for over 20 years now as my friends have always had a place there.
We walked up again to the nearby granite obelisk which was built in 1887 to commemorate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria, offering stunning views and quietness from the busy centre of Padstow.