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!  









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!


Awesome Octopus!


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!


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


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!






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!

Padstow Christmas Festival

The 2014 Padstow Christmas Festival is 4-7th December. There will be cookery demonstrations from top chefs such as Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth.  A great family outing with food stalls, santa’s grotto and fireworks!

It all takes place around Padstow Harbour.  Little Egret is booked over the Festival all self catering accommodation in Padstow is in high demand so book early for next year!

Padstow Christmas Festival 



Teatime in Padstow

Teatime in Padstow in July

We have had some glorious sunny days in Padstow in July and we have been out and about enjoying the sunshine and beautiful views on walks through Padstow and beyond.

We walked up to Prideaux Place and there were loads of deer in the park opposite the house so we managed to get some good photos, and one of the statue looking out to the estuary.

deer at Prideaux Place

 statue at Prideaux Place

With a houseful of hungry adults and children I decided to make a traditional Cornish cream tea with homemade scones but alas my scones turned out rock hard and not at all nice, they reminded me of my mum’s rock cakes when I was a child, something to sneak to the dog or keep until you could go and feed the poor unsuspecting ducks!

Off I went to Chough Bakery in Padstow they make delicious scones as well as lovely bread, they supplied all the bread for my daughter’s wedding! Whilst in the shop I saw a saffron cake which apparently is a Cornish bread/ cake made with currants and of course saffron, so I bought one to try. The saffron cake was very nice but could have done with a few more currants for my taste, so I am now on a mission to find a really good recipe for saffron cake. My daughter’s Cornish mother in law apparently has a good one which was passed down by her family, so I’m hoping that this is going to wing its way to me and then look out for my next Padstow blog and hopefully you will see my homemade attempt at a saffron cake!

Saffron cake

Chough Bakery in Padstow

Does Rick Stein have a recipe for saffron cake maybe on his blog? I will have to look or maybe Nathan Outlaw, Paul Ainsworth or Jamie Oliver who all have restaurants in Cornwall might have a saffron cake recipe?

I have had numerous recommendations to try the tiny Rest a While Tea Garden in Hawker’s Cove, apparently the homemade cakes, the sea views and the service are excellent, it sounds like my sort of place. Trip advisor www.tripadvisor.co.uk ranks it very highly and the reviews are outstanding, I must go! I will put it on my Padstow blog for August with some photos of the food and the views!!