Well the Stein family has put this little town on the must do list for seafood lovers. We ate at the top restaurant he owns here and I will do a separate blog for that later.
The town can barely cope when the weather is good as it has limited parking and the streets are so narrow being designed originally for walking or for a donkey mode of transport. But not that different from the many medieval Italian towns we have visited over the years.
Our favourite little shop here was the Padstow Mussel Co. We bought some of its bright illustrated tea towels featuring silk screens of various seafoods. The blue and white ceramics featuring seafood were also tempting but impossible to carry safely all the way back to Oz.
So as I mentioned Rick Stein is a palpable influence here and he is probably both appreciated and disliked by the locals as he brings valuable business to the town and too many visitors for others not involved in tourism.
Stein is such a passionate advocate for all things connected with gastronomy and such an affable presence on all his TV food and travel programmes, and as someone who has interviewed him I can say that he is exactly as he appears on TV – utterly charming and someone you want to take home…..
Parking in the parking station closest into the town worked out cheaper than the one a little further away, not sure how that works but catches the unsuspecting on a single day trip. The overflow car parks with shuttle bus connections at the top of the town were not busy as the season had just closed since children are back to school now.
Every day we walked into the town people we saw people eating take away fish and chips or Cornish pasties from the many pastie shops. Lost count of the different fillings available. All around Cornwall and in Padstow we also noticed that the tourists were not only bringing their dogs but the dogs were most welcome into shops everywhere and even on a golf course!
Not only did the English bring their dogs but they had two or three each.
Some carried the smaller ones and others wheeled them in prams, how eccentric is that?
English Boxer dogs are still popular, here is one waiting for his owner to take him out on the golf course.
I will also write later on my experience at the Rick Stein Seafood cooking school.