Padstow is known for being a foodie town and there are some great choices. Due to the high level of competition, generally you cannot go wrong. We would highly recommend booking a restaurant in advance as most get fully booked by the evening, especially during peak tourist times and wondering around in the might result in disappointment.
Rick Stein and family have restaurant options to suit all budgets and taste buds from Stein’s Fish & Chips, Rick Stein’s Café, The Cornish Arms (pub in St Merryn), St Petroc’s Bistro, and for a special treat The Seafood Restaurant. All highly recommended and as you are in Padstow we would recommend trying at least one on your holiday. Furthermore, they have recently opened Ruby's Bar offering a wide selection of gins, wines and beers. www.rickstein.com
Paul Ainsworth is the other main chef in town with Michelin Star restaurant Number 6, Italian restaurant Rojano’s in the Square and the Mariners pub in Rock http://www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk
Other Great Choices
Prawn on the Lawn
Superb seafood sharer plate style restaurant and a Fish Monger during the day http://www.prawnonthelawn.com
Sister restaurant to Prawn on the Lawn, equally intimate bistro style food. https://barnabysbistro.com
Burger’s and Fish
The description is in the title, a more relaxed atmosphere http://www.burgersandfish.com
The Basement Café
Great for brunch/ lunch or a coffee outside if the sun is shining http://www.thebasement.co.uk
Old Custom House
Our favourite for Pub grub which also has a more formal restaurant attached http://www.oldcustomhousepadstow.co.uk
Arguably one of the best view in town - more relaxed family Italian atmosphere. https://www.pucellisrestaurantpadstow.co.uk/
Greens of Padstow
Also one of the best views in town - excellent for coffee, breakfast and lunch. Open some nights for dinner. A larger space and a lift for those with buggies. https://greenspadstow.co.uk
For eat in or take away Pizza http://www.emberspizza.co.uk/
Outside of Town
Rafferty’s Café & Winebar
Tapas in St Merryn http://www.raffertyscafewinebar.co.uk/
Buttermilk Fudge Shop
A local artisan fudge shop located in the centre of town http://www.buttermilk.co.uk
Roskilly's Ice Cream
Rick Stein's fishmonger and Prawn on the Lawn.
There is a large Tesco on the edge of town, a spa convenience shop in the centre and a short drive outside of town is the Padstow Farm shop (Trethillick Farm, PL28 8HJ). http://www.padstowfarmshop.co.uk
Chough's bakery also sells some local produce as well as Stein's Deli.
Padstow Kitchen Garden
The produce grown at the local farm is superb and supplies most of the local restaurants. If you feel like cooking while on holiday or want to take some of the goodies home with you we recommend picking up their veg box. Email Ross at least a day before to pre-order it. http://www.padstowkitchengarden.co.uk
For coffee my favourites are:
Greens and BinTwo
Greens and Down by the Ferry shop
Take away from Cherry Tree or Steins Patisserie and a seat at the harbour front or the Basement Cafe
Padstow Coffee Company
Purchase some locally roasted coffee blends to make at home. https://www.padstowcoffee.co.uk/
Padstow has no shortage of Pubs all centered around the harbour.
Ruby's Wine Bar
(see above) the newest addition to the Stein empire.
The Padstow Brewing Company
is a craft beer brewery a short drive outside of town (PL28 8RW) www.padstowbrewing.co.uk and now with a Tasting room and shop around the corner on Broad Street.
In town you will find Bin Two wine merchant with a wide selection. http://www.bintwo.com
Camel Valley Winery
Along the river between Wadebridge and Bodmin you will find the Camel Valley Winery. https://www.camelvalley.com/
Outside of Padstow you will find Trevibban Mill Vineyard and Orchards. (our favourite being the lightly oaked Constanstine White). http://trevibbanmill.com/