WHERE THE BOATS COME IN
IT’S not for nothing the village of Padstow on the Cornish coast is colloquially known as Padstein. This is the seaside domain of famed seafood chef Rick Stein and his influence is pervasive.
Aside from multiple outlets at which to sample his signature fare, from his Seafood Restaurant and a charming bistro to a cafe and fish-and-chips joint (in true Brit fashion, you could have your all-inclusive cod and chips with buttered bread and a cup of tea), there’s a swag of Stein-owned accommodation.
The pick is St Edmund’s House, in private gardens at the rear of the Seafood Restaurant. It’s a modern two-storey mews with a sea holiday theme (wake to the miaowing of seagulls and the rattle of plantation shutters) and its six rooms are named for local beaches, from Treyarnon to Trevone; all have views across the Camel Estuary to Daymer Bay and Rock.
Lamp bases are in the shape of seagulls, there are model boats and beachy ornaments, cane furniture and bright white bathrooms. So, sleep in grand style and then sashay down early for a fabulous breakfast of eggs and smoked haddock at the Seafood Restaurant as fishing boats unload their morning catch at the pretty port beyond. Susan Kurosawa
Pervasive purveyor: Rick Stein’s St Edmund’s House