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Pilgrimage to Padstow

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Pilgrimage – as stated in the Oxford dictionary ‘a journey to a place of particular interest or significance’

My sister lives 20 minute from Padstow on Bodmin Moor which as you all can imagine was music to my ears while planning a trip to Europe. We decided to gather the rest of the family and spend a week in Cornwall together, it would give us all a holiday and I could make my pilgrimage to Padstow, or Padstein as it seems to have been nick named.

Padstow is a quaint seaside village with a small harbour and a few narrow cobble stone streets made famous in recent years by Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant. The Seafood Restaurant is one of many Rick Stein adventures in village, there is now Steins Patisserie, Steins Fish & Chips, Steins Deli, Steins Cafe, Steins B&B and he also owns the Cornish Arms in the neighbouring village. So you can understand why it has it’s nick name.

We went to his fish and chip restaurant with the family and I had oysters followed by grilled mackerel and chips and Chalky’s beer. The fish was all beautiful and fresh and the beef dripping batter hubby chose was delicious, I imagine only in England do they still dare use beef dripping in cooking. We browsed his Deli and bought the obligatory souvenirs like aprons and tea towels and a few treats to consume at home, then onto his patisserie. We had already sampled several Cornish pasties at this stage in our holiday but Rick’s traditional style pasty won our vote for the best tasted so far with light flaky pastry and the perfect filling combination of meat and potato. We didn’t stop at pasties of course, we filled a bag with meringues the size of dinner plates to be served later with Cornish clotted cream. Scones, jam and more clotted cream, sunken chocolate cake and mini macarons, it was going to be a feast of an afternoon tea which would probably just keep us going on treats till Jamie’s Fifteen in Watergate Bay the next day!

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  1. This post is an absolute treat … just my kind of pilgrimage Alli! What a wonderful & delicious time you are having… those treats are making me very HUNGRY!

    May 29, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      Wait till you see the photos of our dinner at Jamies!

      May 29, 2011
  2. Lovely reportage Alli, but do those macaroons really cost 4.5 quids each?????

    May 29, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      Hee…hee, £4.50 for a packet of 8 mini macarons so not too bad, savoring them slowly!

      May 29, 2011
  3. Mmm, I really wish I lived close to a really good fish and chip shop. Love how quaint and peaceful Padstow looks! Always nice to see the surroundings as well as the food :D

    May 30, 2011
  4. Bunny Eats Design #

    I’ve never heard of Padstein until now. Love your write up and hopefully one day I can visit and eat my around to this little seafood village. I only wish there were more food photos in this post! I’ve always dreamed of doing a stint in a little seafood village and eating the local seafood seafood seafood – wonderfully fresh, simple and reasonably priced.

    May 30, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      Yes, I am trying to get over my embarrassment of taking pics of my restaurant dishes! I did a little better at Jamies Fifteen but didn’t capture all.

      May 30, 2011
  5. It all sounds wonderful :) nothing quite beats real cornish clotted cream. More memories of childhood holidays…we stayed at hotel one year, Watergate Bay, and bowls of it on the table for dessert…yum!

    May 30, 2011
  6. So glad you’re having a wonderful trip Alli ^_^ I just tried kaymak which is a Turkish version of clotted cream – all hail extremely fatty dairy products!

    June 3, 2011

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