Saturday, July 23, 2011

'Babymoon' to Padstow

About 3 weeks ago, hubby and I went to Padstow for a little stay to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary & get away from work and the stuff going on in the house. And to spend some time just the two of us chatting and planning life with baby.

We stayed in Molesworth Manor in Little Petherwick, which was less than 5 minutes drive from Padstow. It's  a gorgeous little Bed & Breakfast, clean, quiet and very welcoming. The owners are lovely and there was plenty for breakfast, including homemade muffins every morning - and they had rooibos tea!! We would definitely recommend it, if you're ever planning to stay in that area.

Front of Molesworth Manor
I took the opportunity to use my camera a bit, although I didn't use it as much as I probably should have don, and even Matthew had a go. Here are my favourite photos.

Pescadou was the restaurant we ate in on our first night. We both had a lovely meal and was the start of Matthew managing to sample 14 different fish & seafood in 4 days! We had a lovely view, sitting in the window looking out over the harbour (marina?) and people watching.

Pescadou Restaurant in Padstow

View of the harbour/marina/boats
We did plan on trying Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant, but were unable to book a table on our first night, though we were told we could just turn up and try to get a seat in the bar area. However we strolled passed it on our first day in Padstow and had a look at the menu and, to be honest, there wasn't a huge amount on it that I fancied and it was pricey. The two course lunch menu was £37 each.

We did find all of Rick Stein's other eateries - his bistro, cafe and fish and chip shop - and decided to try to get a table for lunch in his bistro. But first, Matthew wanted to sample his fish & chips. (I will say the chips were lovely!)

Matthew sampling fish & chips from Rick Stein's chip shop. 
We visited the Lobster Hatchery & saw some HUGE lobsters....

....and some really tiny ones!

And we visited the Lobster Maternity Ward. (I really hope it's a bit different in Singleton!!)

Finally, here we are in Rick Stein's St Petroc's Bistro.

Yes, I did have a small glass of wine - with plenty of water!

Matthew's Scallop Starter - Mmmmmmm.....
I had a Pigeon Salad to start, and we both had 'Pasta alla Norma' for main course because it's a recipe Matthew made a few weeks previously and we wanted to see how it compare. Rick's was nearly as good as Matthew's .... ;)

I think this is my favourite photo of the trip.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed. It was relaxing and we did very little - the most taxing part was choosing where to eat next. There are some gorgeous little shops (as well as some touristy tat) and it is a nice place to visit. I think we stayed a day too long, as we must have walked around the centre of Padstow at least 12 times. I am a little disappointed to didn't try a traditional Afternoon Tea, but we were usually having our afternoon nap by about 3pm. Though I did have some Vanilla Clotted Cream ice cream and Clotted Cream fudge - both were delicious!

1 comment:

Abbie said...

Lovely photos, it looks like you both had a wonderful time!