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Top Choice Vineyard in Padstow

Trevibban Mill

This young vineyard has a fast-growing reputation in the wine world, and it's a fine place to sample vintages in a dreamy Cornish setting. In total there are some 11,000 vines and 1700 apple trees spread across the …
Top Choice British in Padstow

Paul Ainsworth at No 6

Rick Stein might be the household name, but Paul Ainsworth is often touted as Padstow's pretender to the throne. His food combines surprising flavours and impeccable presentation with a refreshingly unpretentious ap…
Top Choice Seafood in Padstow

Seafood Restaurant

The restaurant that started the Stein dynasty, and still one of Cornwall's top places to dine. Stein senior rarely puts in any hours these days – Rick's son Jack runs the show. As ever, fish is the raison d'être: fr…
Top Choice Beach in Padstow

Constantine Bay

Arcing along the west side of the headland from Trevose Head, Constantine is one of the most impressive sweeps of sand near Padstow. It's a long, west-facing, gently sloping shelf of sand, separated by a rocky point…
Top Choice Bakery in Padstow

Chough Bakery

A family-run bakery right in the heart of town, renowned for its traditionally made pasties – they're among the best in the county, and several times have scooped top honours in the World Pasty Championships.
Bistro in Padstow

Prawn on the Lawn

An offshoot of a London original, this tiny seafood bar is a new addition to Padstow's dining line-up. It's a simple one-room affair, with bare brick, white tiles and blackboards, and a handful of tables lined up al…
Beach in Padstow


A long, narrow, northwest-facing beach backed by grass-covered dunes, tall cliffs and divided by a tidal stream. It's best visited at low tide, when there's a huge area of sand to wander, and several small coves to …
Bistro in Padstow

Appleton's at the Vineyard

Having headed up Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen at Watergate Bay, chef Andy Appleton has now set up his own venture at Trevibban Mill Vineyard – and, suitably enough, it's an absolute corker. It's an Italian-meets-Cornish m…
Cultural in Padstow

May Day

Also known as 'Obby 'Oss Day, Padstow's biggest party is said to have its roots in an ancient pagan fertility rite, and sees two coloured 'osses (red and blue) twirl through the streets before meeting up beneath the…
Beach in Padstow

Tregirls Beach

Given how close it is to Padstow, this grand beach stays surprisingly quiet most of the year. It looks out over the mouth of the Camel Estuary and, thanks to its position in the lee of Stepper Point, it's usually fa…