Just exactly when North Cornwall became a millionaire’s playground and food lover’s paradise isn’t clear. A friend tells me his family had a house in the beautiful seaside village of Rock 25 years ago and sold it back then for about 50 grand. The same house is now worth over a million, so shall we take a stab at some time in those years. Coincidentally, the Steins arrived in Padstow circa 1974, though it would be some years before the empire would swamp the town.
It is impossible to ignore the celebrity in these parts; Jamie Oliver brought his social enterprise 15, to Watergate Bay in 2005. There are glittery, Michelin Stars shining in Rock with chef Nathan Outlaw and of course, the onslaught across the bay in what is now known as “PadStein”. Nevertheless, there is a wealth of fabulous food, drink and accommodation that comes, thankfully, without the celeb price supplement.
If you can fight your way past the souvenirs of Chalky the Dog and everything from facial scrub to scones bearing Rick’s moniker, there is a real gem tucked away down Middle Street in Padstow. Paul Ainsworth, No 6 serves modern Cornish food that manages to be both sophisticated and unpretentious at the same time. Paul now holds a Michelin Star but don’t let that put you off, there is an approachable set lunch menu giving you a chance to try his fantastic food. Continue reading “Travel: Four Days in North Cornwall”