Rock and immediate area
There is great quality, as well as quantity, of choice, and this applies to the whole spectrum of restaurants, from gastronomic treats (with prices to match) through to more value-for-money, family-oriented places. Nathan Outlaw has two Michelin stars as well as the title Best Fish Restaurant in the 2011 Good Food Guide you can enjoy the same reliably excellent food in the more relaxed surroundings of his Seafood and Grill.
The Dining Room, a three minute walk from Seamist, is very popular and had a Michelin star awarded in 2008. Our guests have spoken of its attentive, welcoming service, coupled with fresh local produce beautifully (and inventively) served.
Closer to Rock beach there is the excellent No. 1 Rock Road where service starts with an excellent breakfast, as well as The Mariners and Rock Inn. For hot chocolates at the end of a beach walk there is always the Blue Tomato above Rock beach.
Guests also say good things about the St Kew Inn in St Kew, which seems well worth the car journey a couple of miles inland from Port Isaac. It's owned by Paul Ripley (former Stein chef, and owner of Ripleys at St Merryn) and relies on produce from excellent local suppliers, offering excellent value for money. Our advice is to book in advance and ask when you call that your table's in the main restaurant, rather than the anteroom. There's a huge selection of excellent wines and beers, and the pub is the only one in the area still serving St Austell brewery beers straight from wooden barrels.
If you're planning to come to Cornwall because of what Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver have done for the reputation of our restaurants, you won't be disappointed, and there's a very quick water taxi across to Padstow which more than repays the minimal effort and runs all year round.
Padstow is currently home to four Rick Stein restaurants: The Seafood Restaurant St Petroc's Bistro Rick Stein Café and Stein's Fish and Chips. Each is unique and distinctive.
Custard is a busy and popular restaurant run by Dan Gedge, formerly of Seafood Café. Its special lunch menu offers great value for money and, as you might expect, the food is seasonal, local and fresh.
Paul Ainsworth at No 6 comes highly recommended by several owners and guests. As those who have watched Paul on The Great British Menu will know, expect the unexpected (as well attentive service and outstanding food).