The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow is the centre of Rick Stein’s mini-culinary empire. With four restaurants, a patisserie, a seafood cookery school, a delicatessen, a gift shop and a forty-room hotel, Stein appears to have taken over the tiny seaside town which has become synonymous with his name.
The Seafood Restaurant started out its life as a nightclub in the early 1970s. Unable to attract the crowds all the way out in Padstow, in 1975 Stein transformed it into a restaurant. Since then it has seen a steady rise in popularity as Stein’s reputation as an expert on the gastronomy of the sea has grown.
Now The Seafood Restaurant is one of the most renowned seafood restaurants in the country. It is advised to make bookings months in advance to avoid disappointment. It does, however, have a seafood bar which does not require reservations. Under 18s are not permitted to sit at the bar. Children under the age of three are not permitted in the restaurant.
Located right by the quay in Padstow, the restaurant boasts that its fish and seafood come straight from the boat to the restaurant, allowing them to offer fish as it should be eaten - straight from the sea. The interior is striking, especially since its recent refit. A huge circular bar dominates the room, the suspended ceiling of wood slats matches the lime-oak floor and the walls are adorned with paintings of fish being eaten or prepared.
The huge menu offers a mixture of traditional seafood recipes alongside dishes inspired by the Far East. Staples of the menu are lobsters, oysters and mussels, and, of course, that great English dish - fish and chips.
Tel: 01841 532700
Address: Riverside, Padstow, Cornwall