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Below you’ll find just a handful of suggestions and recommendations based on the experiences of our own colleagues and some locals.

Eateries in and around St Merryn & Padstow

Please note: this list is in order of proximity to Bay Retreat Villas, and NOT in any order of priority or preference; all distances are approximate.
Just click on the restaurant name for a link to the restaurant’s own website, and on the postcode/mileage for Google directions from the villas.

For sit down restaurants, advance booking is recommended.

Exterior of Rafferty's café and wine bar

Rafferty’s Café & Wine Bar – Cuisine Type: British
The 3 Gs – Great Food, Great Wine and Great Service.
Amazing meals come from their regional, high quality, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Their aim is to take those amazing ingredients and incorporate them in their ever evolving menu. St Merryn, Padstow, PL28 8NA – 1.6m/2.6km

Rare roast beef with veggies

Farmer’s Arms Restaurant – Cuisine Type: Bar, British, Quick Bites
A traditional Cornish Inn since 1872, the Farmer’s has gained a reputation for fine home cooked food as well as exceptionally well kept cask conditioned ale and keg products. Maintaining a high level of quality at all times, their ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible, supporting small local suppliers and producers. St Merryn, Padstow, PL28 8NP – 1.6m/2.6km

Take-Away coffee cup and Cornish pasty

Malcolm Barnecutt Deli Bakery – Cuisine Type: Bakeries, British, Café
“Their freshly baked foods are a real treat and are very popular with both locals and visitors.”
You know it’s good when people are queued up before they even open their doors! St Merryn, Padstow, PL28 8NQ – 1.6m/2.6km

Chairs and tables in Salt & Samphire

Salt And Samphire Café & Restaurant – Cuisine Type: Café, Mediterranean, European
“Brilliant diverse menu which was interesting and any foodie would love. Food excellent and made with care and attention by someone clearly passionate about food and good ingredients.” St Merryn, Padstow, PL28 8NP – 1.6m/2.6km

Ivy covered building

The Ivy House Restaurant – Cuisine Type: European, British
“I have eaten fine dining food all over the world and this little gem of a place is the best, the menu is simple yet delicious and the service, personal and professional. The food, well all I can say is this, it’s world class, the nicest fillet steak I have ever eaten and the duck and fish were also absolutely amazing. I highly recommend.” Google reviewer. St Merryn, Padstow, PL28 8NB – 2.2m/3.5km

Dining tables at The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

The Pig at Harlan Bay Restaurant – Cuisine Type: British
“uncomplicated and simple British garden food, true to the micro seasons and with a real focus on simple and fresh flavours.”
With an ethos of “simple food done well”
They have a 25 mile limit for fresh ingredients, from local producers and passionate local farmers, along with their own homegrown produce to use in their menus. Harlyn, Padstow, PL28 8SQ – 2.8m/4.5km

Interior of the marquee at Prawn on the Farm

Prawn on the Farm – Cuisine Type: Asian, Seafood, British, Healthy, Grill
It’s that time of year again! Prawn on the Lawn Padstow has become Prawn on the Farm, and is now open until 2nd October 2022! Created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s social distancing guidelines, this exciting pop-up restaurant is open Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 10:30pm at Trerethern Farm, just outside of Padstow.

Their small plates’ menu changes every day (sometimes even hourly!) depending on the daily catch delivered by local fisherman and Cornish day boats. Freshness and sustainability are key when it comes to sourcing local produce and all vegetables are supplied by the onsite Padstow Kitchen Garden.

Ample onsite parking available – Please follow Sat Nav/Google directions to Trerethern Farm (Padstow) and it will bring you straight to the restaurant. Using the postcode won’t take you to the correct location. Padstow, PL28 8LE – 3.1m/5km

fresh Cornish sardines

The Old Mill Bistro – Cuisine Type: British
“Our menu focuses on the finest Cornish produce”
Their menu might be considered small by some, but it focuses on the amazing fish that is available on the Cornish shores, coupled with the stunning meat and game Cornwall also has to offer. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 6:30pm onwards. Little Petherick, PL27 7QT – 3.4m/5.5km

Ben's Crib Box on a sunny day

Ben’s Crib Box Café – Cuisine Type: British
A great brunch, breakfast and burger establishment with glorious views across the Camel Estuary. It has plentiful parking outside, too. South Quay, PL28 8BL – 4m/6.4km

Woman holding 3 tier cake with harbour in the background

Cherry Trees Coffee House – Cuisine Type: Café, British
Freshly baked cakes, biscuits and any other yummy dishes are served daily at this wonderful, cosy café. Eat in is a first come, first seated basis, or why not take advantage of their take away and enjoy your scrumptious fayre on one of the benches overlooking the harbour. West Quay, PL28 8AQ- 4.2m/6.8km

tapas on sliced baguette

BinTwo – Cuisine Type: Tapas, Bar, Café
If you’re looking for a friendly bar, coffee shop and light tapas eatery, then look no further than BinTwo. Whether you’re sitting under the outdoor covered seating booths or indoor seating, you’re sure to find something to tickle your taste buds. South Quay, PL28 8BL – 4.3m/6.9km

Table of delicious food from No 6 in Padstow

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 – Cuisine Type: European, British, Contemporary
The flagship of the Paul Ainsworth collection is No. 6, which is located in a Georgian townhouse in the heart of Padstow. Paul made his way down to Cornwall in 2005 after six years working at Gordon Ramsay Group where he was part of the core team helping Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to gain its third Michelin star. Serving locally sourced Cornish produce, they are creating modern British food for your delight. Open Tuesday – Saturday for lunch and dinner. Padstow, PL28 8AP – 4.3m/6.9km

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