BEST FOR FOOD
Rick Stein has often been criticised for turning Padstow, a pretty little harbour in the Camel estuary on Cornwall’s north coast, into Padstein. But there are plenty of advantages to being on the beaten track. Here you can enjoy the pleasures of walking the vast tidal sands from which he pulls his razor clams, watching the boats which bring in the lobster and crab, and eating in his several fishy restaurants. Across the estuary is Rock, beloved by Hooray Henrys in the August season, and St Enedoc where Sir John Betjeman is buried close to the lapping water. A three-bedroom house in Padstow’s pretty streets can be bought for £595,000 through Stratton Creber (01872 240999).