Stein’s Padstow flagship
The Seafood Restaurant is where it all began for Rick and Jill Stein. Their flagship restaurant, with its pleasing combination of smart-casual dining, ultra-fresh local seafood and global wines, paved the way for the subsequent additions to their foodie portfolio.
The ever-popular harbourside destination is under the care of head chef Pete Murt, a Padstow-born talent who previously worked as chef de partie and sous chef to The Seafood Restaurant’s longstanding lead, Stephane Delourme.
Make the pilgrimage to sample classics from Rick’s TV shows and books – from seafood gratin with prawns, mussels and cod in a white wine and cream sauce with emmental and breadcrumb topping (featured in his BBC Two series Secret France) to Rick’s own smoked salmon from Severn & Wye Smokery.
Dining at a table in the restaurant is delightful, but if you’re only swinging by for a bite and a glass of something good, grab the opportunity to perch at the zinc bar and watch the action going on around you.
Those with a longing for a gourmet weekend in Padstow should check out the smart rooms above the restaurant or at Stein’s other nearby establishments, St Edmunds House and St Petroc’s Bistro.
Trencherman’s tip: first trip to The Seafood Restaurant? Follow the crowd and order a bottle of something sparkling and the pièce de résistance: fruits de mer of fresh lobster, crab, mussels, whelks, clams, cockles, winkles, langoustines, scallops, oysters and razor clams.