In case you haven't heard of it before, Padstow is a pretty little fishing village in North Cornwall, made popular by the well known chef Rick Stein!
My Grandmother (on my Mum's side) was born in Padstow and my Mum and I spent all our holidays here. Although I know it like the back of my hand I still absolutely love visiting - some things change and some things stay the same. I like checking in on my favourite beaches and views one in a while to see how they're hanging and I'm pleased to say they're looking good!
We had a good mix of proper Cornish weather - some lovely sunny, warm days with big heavy clouds passing over head and some days where it was grey and misty and rained non-stop.
We made the most of the good weather at the start of the week and went for a big walk!
We started off in Padstow and set out over the headland along the coastal path!
Rest A While Tea Garden. We grabbed ourselves a picnic bench and I ordered a cream tea through the open sash window! You're never more than half a mile away from a cream tea in Cornwall.
Luckily I was born in Hammersmith so I just followed my heart and my heart said cream first jam second and double helpings of both!
Soon it was time to head on our way!
This part of the path was so steep! The grass just dropped away and the sea was crashing against the rocks below! It was windy too!
recent trip to the South of France), fig, rocket and marinated red peppers in a sourdough baguette!
One thing you have to do in Padstow is definitely go on a speedboat ride! It's so exhilarating skipping over the water like a stone with the salty spray in your hair! As a child this was my favourite part of the whole holiday! I used to literally go every single day.
Although one word of warning, best to go prepared to get wet!
Booby's Bay! That pointy bit of metal sticking up out of the sand is the last scrap of a shipwreck! The S/S Carl of Hamberg came a cropper here in 1917. I remember seeing the ribs of the ship when I was younger - apparently if you visit at low tide after a storm they can still sometimes be seen!
Pridoux Place - an Elizabethan manor house inhabited by 14 generations of the Pridoux family!
We didn't go inside (partly because it costs more money and partly because you can't take photos...) but went for a lovely walk around the grounds instead!
Rick Stein's fish and chips are the bomb. We ate there twice in the space of the week! Get a couple of grilled scallops on the side and at least one pot of curry sauce each (they make it themselves and it's like...an actual curry sauce!). We also treated ourselves to a couple of other wonderful meals at Margot's Bistro (perfect for a cosy, relaxed dinner with your nearest and dearest - expect wonderfully fresh seafood cooked in a comforting, homely way) and Paul Ainsworth at number 6 (perfect for a super fancy special occasion - like Ciaran's Birthday for example! ;)
So long beautiful, moody, wonderful Cornwall. See you in my dreams!