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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

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