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The Seafood Restaurant: Rick Stein’s Flagship Restaurant in Cornwall

Located around twenty minutes away from The Scarlet is the gorgeous town of Padstow….
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The charming fishing port looks fairly typical but it is actually one of Cornwall’s top foodie destinations containingย four of celebrity chef Rick Stein’s restaurants and cafes and Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth at No. 6. On this chilly day in March, Padstow was very quiet and chilled out but it’s a popular destination for fishing, surfing and it’s the start of the famous Camel Trail, a scenic cycling route across the Cornish country side.
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We’d headed to Padstow for lunch at The Seafood Restaurant, Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant which has been an institution in the town since 1975.DSC_8955
We immediately loved the interior of the restaurant which was light, bright and airy with a seafood bar in the middle where chefs prepare oysters, shellfish and sashimi. Regular readers will know that I’m a huge fish lover, meaning it was very hard to chose what to have from the menu. There was a range of classic dishes, British favourites as well as a few Asian inspired options and curries. Spying the hot shellfish platter I knew that this would be great option to try everything…DSC_8968
With mussels, winkles, clam, cockles, crab, scallops, langoustine, whelks, oyster and razor clams (oh my!) in fragrant parsley, chilli, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.ย DSC_8978
We went ahead and ordered one each and Mr S soon went to work with his tools, foraging for crab meat, cracking claws and downing oysters.ย DSC_8970
As the angry face of the crab stared on at me!
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I also ordered salmon and tuna tartare with chopped gherkin, capers and shallots. It was served with gazpachuelo, a sort of frothy mayonnaise with Amontillado wine. I’ve never had a tartare with mayonnaise before and I loved the creamy texture and the rich flavours. I have to say ordering a shellfish platter each was an error, we’d assumed it was small and while there wasn’t a huge amount of the fish the rich creams and oils made the dishes quite satiating so I was already feeling full after the starters.
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Fortunately my main course was light, a simply grilled and perfectly prepared lobster with salad. The Seafood Restaurant certainly deserves its reputation for serving some of the freshest fish and shellfish all prepared by Head Chef Stephen Delourme and his team. The restaurant was set up as small harbour-side bistro by Rick Stein and his wife Jill, back in 1975 and since then Rick has grown into a household name with over twenty cookery books and presenting over thirty TV programmes. He’s well-known for his love of seafood and the dominant presence of his four restaurants in the town means it has been nicknamed ‘Padstein’ and is a huge portion of the economy in Padstow. Rick also has several other restaurants throughout Cornwall, as well as B & B’s, shops and a cookery school.
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And we felt we couldn’t visit the British seaside without a portion of fish and chips; local cod deep-fried in beef dripping with thick cut chips and mushy peas. Rick Stein’s restaurants also have a dedication to sustainability, all produce is locally sourced, they work with local businesses and are dedicated to recycling and saving energy. Supporting local causes and charities too, they are definitely all round good eggs. We turned down the dessert menu as I had another idea in mind…DSC_9011
There’s something about being at the seaside that evokes strong childhood memories and I couldn’t leave without getting an ice cream, which obviously had to be one scoop of vanilla and one of mint choc chip in a cone!

Mr S and I loved The Seafood Restaurant, nestled in the small town of Padstow, not only is the food wonderful but the service is friendly and there’s a real sense of family and community at Rick Stein’s restaurant something that we felt throughout our stay in Cornwall.

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Restaurant Review: The Seafood Restaurant by Rick Stein, Cornwall

The Seafood Restaurant
Riverside
Padstow
PL28 8BY

01841 532700

  • This looks like my dream restaurant! I love seafood platters, but I don’t order them very often because my boyfriend is a vegetarian. He doesn’t mind me eating meat or fish when we go out, but seeing shellfish with the claws and all tends to creep him out a bit! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This means that I like seeking out fish restaurants when I’m traveling with other people, especially my mother who loves nothing more – in other words, seems like I need to take my mom to Cornwall! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • It’s my dream kind of restaurant too! I’m gad Mr S also likes seafood and I can imagine all those shells are off putting to someone who doesn’t.

  • I have such wonderful memories of that restaurant, and going for a bike ride after our lunch there! Padstow is so lovely and charming.

  • Those chips… drooling! x

  • NOMS! All the food looks so yum and I can only imagine how fresh the fish was. I have a real issue with those ice cream cones though!!! hahaha. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • Lol! What’s wrong with cones, they really do remind me childhood ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I hadn’t heard of gazpachuelo before but it sounds very tasty, looks like a lovely place for fish

  • Ohhhhh that shellfish platter looks like my dream come true! I’m a huge fan of seafood and you’ve convinced me that Cornwall is my kind of place! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • Such a pretty town, it looks like some of the seaside towns here in Devon ๐Ÿ™‚ you really can’t leave without having fish and chips and ice cream by the sea! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

    • Exactly! It really reminds me of being on holiday when I was younger.

  • May

    looks absolutely delicious. Such a pretty town, never been to Cornwall before. Hopefully one day x

  • These photos are incredible and the fish looks out of this world. My mum grew up in Cornwall in Polperro so I know Cornwall well having visited there several times. My Grandad was a fisherman there so he knew all about catching tasty fish to source to all the local restaurants ๐Ÿ™‚

    A lovely post and the food in the restaurant you visited looked out of this world, you can certainly see the quality here just by looking at the photographs!

    Glad you both enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

    Laura xo

    http://www.shehearts.net

    • Oh, I’m so glad that this post inspired some happy memories. The fish realyl was outstanding quality.

      • Yes it really did ๐Ÿ™‚ A lovely post. I love Seafood and when I’m in cornwall next I’ll have to pay a visit to this beautiful place.

        Laura xo http://www.shehearts.net

  • Delicious Post!! All the dishes in your post looks so delicious…

  • I suspect I’ll be dreaming about that seafood platter!

  • Lesley Pittaway

    I really loved Cornwall. We are taking the kids for a British seaside holiday in July! So excited. I also enjoyed Rick Stein’s restaurant…he has always been a Chef hero to me and I skip home to watch him on television every evening. The food was simple and delicious…and you now have me craving a big seafood platter! xo