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The Seafood Restaurant

AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Still fresh and energetic after all these years

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The stone and brick building with its glassed-in terrace on the approach into Padstow is where it all began, it being Rick Stein's stellar career around these parts, but in some sense also Padstow itself, which had been an unassuming north Cornish fishing village, and now looks very much the international tourist destination. Inside, the place still feels fresh and energetic after all these years, with a sense of busy fun pervading most service sessions. People sit around the bar to watch the shellfish platters being assembled, there is a plethora of heterogeneous artwork to catch the eye, and striking thin pendant light fittings to illuminate the evening scene. The experience may well begin with a crisp salt cod fritter to establish the mood, and the simplest things are still done with inspiring confidence, as with the deeply concentrated traditional provençal fish soup, the portion decanted at the table, with smouldering rouille, croûtons and parmesan on the side. Main might be a straightforward piece of turbot singing with freshness, gently sauced with tarragon-scented béarnaise, but there are also hake baked with onion, garlic, lemon and bay, or perhaps a fiery Goan-style cod curry with cumin pooris. Then calm the palate at meal's end with a properly fragile pannacotta and pistachio cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Closed for dinner: 24 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Stephane Delourme

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: International Seafood
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 22
  • Wines over £30: 142
  • Wines by the glass: 43

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 120
  • Off-site parking available: Pay and display opposite

Additional information

  • Seats: 120

Getting here

Follow signs for Padstow town centre, into Station Road signed harbour car park. Restaurant opposite

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