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Steinville on Sea

Once upon a time there was a sleepy little coastal village. On a dark and stormy night there came a warlock with a bubbling cauldron and a passion for good fish. The gentle folk of Padstow stood amazed at the culinary spells the warlock accomplished with naught but a frying pan, pepper grinder and clove of (organic) garlic. Slowly they let the warlock and his fancy city ways into their lives to wake one morning to find their sleepy harbour was over run by braying hooray-henries and the kind of car they couldn't afford to fuel up let alone drive.

So was born Steinville on Sea: a great place to eat and buy ingredients: a fine place to see and be seen. I don't think I'd like to live there, thank you very much, although I'd love to be able to afford to.

Before you take me for a total Luddite let me assure you that I think that a lot of what has happened to Padstow is great - I just question if it really needs quite so many trendy surf shops frequented by middle aged people with wobbly white thighs who have only every seen a big wave from the comfort of their BMW.

For something that feels a little more authentically Cornish try Fowey or Kingsand or Cawsand on the Rame Peninsula. Although it'd be a good idea to eat at Padstow first. It really does house some of the best restaurants you are likely to find in the area.

And Padstow genuinely does owe a lot to Rick Stein: a saviour to some and Satan to others. (possibly depending on whether or not they owned a house BEFORE he put the place on the map...)

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