A Padstow Christmas

We spent a magical Christmas in Padstow I cannot think of anywhere nicer to be during the festive season

The Padstow Christmas Lights are always fun, we all love Nessie it is Padstow’s answer to The Loch Ness Monster all lit up in Padstow Harbour! Rick Stein also loves the lights and talks about them on his TV dcoumentary about Padstow.

Nessie in Padstow Harbour

More Christmas lights in Padstow Harbour!

Padstow Christmas Lights

  The view overlooking The Camel Estuary over to Rock and Porthilly on a walk in Padstow up past Prideaux Place and the deer park and down through the fields towards Padstow Memorial,  a beautiful day!

Walking by The Camel Estuary in Padstow

Boxing Day lunch at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant at Watergate Bay, Newquay, a truly wonderful dining experience and the views are breathtaking!

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant Watergate Bay

View from Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant in Watergate Bay

The food at Fifteen was amazing!

Gourmet food at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant in Watergate Bay

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant Watergate Bay

Gourmet dining near Padstow

After all the scrummy gourmet food at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant at Watergate Bay we went for a walk on the beach at Watergate Bay and then back home to Padstow.

Hardy winter rowers on The Camel Estuary in Padstow. 

rowing on The Camel Estuary in Padstow

A walk around Padstow Harbour out of season is a joy, no crowds just blissful walking and observing Padstow at work.  Dredging of the estuary takes place all year round, my gradsons are obsessed with diggers and I quite like them too! The famous legend of the Padstow mermaid, immortalised by ballads and poems and writings by Sir John Betjeman, is a tale of the Padstow mermaid who created the Padstow Doom Bar, a treacherous sandbank where ships ran aground.  Read my previous blogs on The Doom Bar and the Padstow Mermaid to find out more!

Here are photos of Padstow at work!

Padstow Harbour

Dredging in Padstow Harbour

Dredging in Padstow Harbour

Dredging in Padstow Harbour

Dredging in Padstow Harbour

Hope you have enjoyed this little winter’s tale in Padstow, please look out for more of my blogs! Wishing you all a Happy New Year in cornish = Bledhen Nowyth Da! And if you would like to book Little Egret in Porthilly View for your holiday please click on the booking icon!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eating out in Padstow

Padstow has so many restaurants and cafe’s to suit all tastes,  I have written on previous blogs about restaurants where we as a family have enjoyed a good dining experience.  My favourite little cafe is Cherry Trees which is right on Padstow Harbour, in my opinion they do the best latte in Padstow and I love their scrambled eggs on toast!

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Apart from delicious breakfasts and lunches Cherry Trees has an amazing mouthwatering selection of cakes! My family loves cakes and on a previous blog I wrote about a saffron cake which I bought from The Chough Bakery on Padstow Harbour, I tried to replicate this saffron cake at home but as Craig Revel Horwood would say it was a disaster darling! My sad attempt is pictured below I blame the recipe (of course) it was a James Martin recipe from Good Food magazine but only said half a teaspoon of yeast -no wonder it sunk in the middle! Don’t hang up your apron yet Mary Berry!

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Another favourite of ours is the little cafe above the harbour called Green’s cafe, we like to play a round of crazy golf which is next door to Green’s cafe and then have one of their delicous cakes and a cup of tea whilst enjoying panoramic views of Padstow and the Camel estuary, you can see all the boats coming in and out of Padstow Harbour!

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If anyone reading this has a foolproof recipe for Saffron cake I would love to hear from you! Perhaps we should have a who can bake the best saffron cake competition in Padstow?

 

 

 

Padstow shops

Rick Stein opened Stein’s Fisheries in 2012 in Padstow. We have  bought and enjoyed wonderful fresh sea bass from there. Stein’s Fisheries  has an amazing array of fresh fish, shellfish,prepared seafood dishes, lobsters, crabs, fishcakes, seafood salads and fish soups.

Lovely Lobster!

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Awesome Octopus!

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A walk around Padstow Harbour and town is a joy especially out of season sans crowds! I like pottering around the cobbled streets and looking at the quirky shops!

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The shell shop where I bought starfish to decorate the reception for my daughter’s Cornish wedding is right on the harbour!

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Whistelfish Galleries is situated on Padstow Harbour, all the pictures at my self catering accommodation, Little Egret in Padstow, which sleeps 8, came from Whistlefish Galleries, I waited until they had one of their offers for buy one get one half price!

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Padstow Christmas Festival 2014

Don’t miss the 7th Padstow Christmas Festival 2014 from 4th -7th December with over 110 local producers selling their wares in the Christmas Market, plus Santa on his horse drawn Victorian bus, a spectacular firework display, live music, carol concerts and a lantern parade. Join the fun Santa run in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care, and this year there will be Santa’s on bikes ariving from the Camel Trail! 

Over 40 top chefs, including Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw, Angela Hartnett and Michael Caines will be giving free demonstrations of their mouthwatering dishes, check timings and all other information about the Festival www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk

The Padstow Christmas Lights are a joy twinkling around the harbour, come along and bring the family and have lots of fun!

Easter in Padstow

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We spent a very enjoyable Easter in Padstow the weather was mixed with squally showers and sunshine, we got out and about and took waterproofs with us! We walked through Padstow which was bustling with activity from children crabbing on the quayside to families pottering around the many interesting shops or taking a leisurely stroll round the picturesque harbour, and of course the distinctive boxes of Rick’s fish and chips were everywhere and the portly seagulls looked on hopefully!

seagulls padstow harbour

little crab padstow harbour

Padstow is wonderful for walking we took one of our favourite walks up past Prideaux Place where you can see the deer in the park and then down through the fields towards the war memorial.  Suddenly as you descend there is the most spectacular vista of sparkling water and yellow sand of the estuary, magical!

prideaux place padstow

We cycled on the scenic Camel Trail, it doesn’t matter how often we cycle along this beautiful path we always marvel at the beauty of it.  The trail runs alongside the estuary and is truly beautiful whether the tide is in or out, you can see hundreds of wading birds on the sands when the tide is out including Little Egrets!

We ate out at Pescadou for dinner and we all enjoyed our food. As the most fussy diner on the planet, my family were delighted when I chose the fillet of hake with lemon and dill sauce, saffron cakes and samphire and had no comments apart from “this is so delicious”

To round off the perfect Easter, the guests staying at Little Egret wrote very complimentary comments in the Guest Book about their stay and will be returning.