A room with a view
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 May 2014
Charlotte Skidmore checks out the lovely fishing port of Padstow in Cornwall - a foodie paradise
The Old Custom House in Padstow is perfectly situated for a visit to this delightful fishing port – renowned for its great food, tops class chefs and award-winning bakeries.
We stayed in a superior room, overlooking the harbour, and to be able to open the curtains in the morning and watch the boats and the people milling about was a great sight to behold.
The Old Custom House is a cosy, convenient place to stay.
The word ‘cosy’ often conjures up connotations like ‘small’ or ‘pokey’ but this is certainly not the case here.
With a lounge area, huge bed and decent-sized hanging space for your clothes (or many shoes in my case), the accommodation is spacious to say the least.
This is not a hotel, this is very much a traditional inn, with stone floors, beamed ceilings and even creaky floorboards to match.
Parts of Cornwall have taken a battering recently due to the weather, but Padstow is well and truly open for business.
With its individual shops, great tea rooms and restaurants and beautiful walks, it was a delightful location for a weekend away.
I hadn’t been to Padstow since I was a child and I am now wondering why I left it so long to go back.
It is the ideal place for couples to relax or from which take a brisk walk along the coast.
But most of all it is a great place to EAT. Padstow is not good for the waist line, because there is just so much great food on every corner.
Be prepared to put a few pounds as it is a foodie paradise.
The staff could not be more helpful, the view any better and the location any more perfect for exploring Padstow.
Our first experience of food in Padstow was dinner at the Old Custom House’s very own fish restaurant, Pescadou.
How convenient to be able to pop downstairs and find a delightfully-decorated, traditional seafood restaurant.
My dining partner had grilled Cornish mackerel fillets, which he was extremely pleased with – well cooked, tasty and visually appealing.
I had the half shell scallops with sweet chilli and ginger – well cooked and visually appealing, but for me they could have done with an extra ‘kick’ in flavour to really up the stakes in the taste department.
We then both tucked in to a ‘melt in the mouth’ Cornish sirloin steak.
How great to see locally-sourced food on the menu – but in Padstow you would expect no less.
The Lyonnais potatoes were a definite highlight for me – deliciously tasty and there was certainly no scrimping on the tasty, local cheese for dessert.
Breakfast the next day was equally as exciting with a good range of offerings from smoked salmon to eggs Benedict and a full cooked breakfast with Cornish sausages.
And as if I hadn’t eaten enough already we even indulged in a cream tea in Pescadou later that day – the warm scones offered temptation to lure us in from the cold.
Health and beauty
The Old Custom House has invested in opening a hair and beauty salon – what a fantastic idea.
Very rarely would you be able to combine the delights of staying in a traditional, cosy inn with the benefits of a more modern hotel.
I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy the ‘head in heaven’ treatment.
It uses divine smelling Spiezia products that are handmade in Cornwall.
The treatment involved a massage on the back through to a facial and scalp massage.
Sara, the therapist, explained exactly what the treatment involved every step of the way and made sure I was comfortable and relaxed at all times.
I highly recommend the relaxing, but gentle treatment for people who have been under the weather or who have joint or muscle problems and do not want a traditional, more vigorous massage.