Cornwall Travel Diary day 2

Our second day in Cornwall was a little cloudy and so, after a delicious full English at the house, we decided to get the bus into Padstow. The bus costs around £4.50 each for a return ticket and I would totally recommend it as parking in Padstow can sometimes be a little tricky. We visited before the season really kicks off and the main car park was already full with cars queuing to get in. I wouldn’t recommend the bus if you are of a very nervous disposition – the roads there are teeny tiny and the bus was a double decker so there were more than a few hairy moments!

Stein Patisserie Padstow


When we arrived in Padstow we had a potter around, looked in some shops and, of course, had a couple of drinks. Padstow is a lovely little fishing port town and we fell in love with a print of the harbour from one of the shops and so had to bring it home! We also treated ourselves to vanilla and raspberry macarons from Stein’s Patisserie which were amazing. We stopped at The Old Ship Hotel for a drink where we sat outside and watched the world go by.

The view from Rock


We then caught the boat over to Rock, across the Camel Estuary, and stopped at No 1 Rock Road for a couple of drinks. This is the first restaurant you get to when you get off the boat and has amazing views across the estuary. The sun came out here for a little while so it was lovely to have a cold glass of wine in the sunshine.

We then headed home, grabbing a Cornish pasty (it’s got to be done, right?!) on the way.

The Cornish Arms

That evening it was off to The Cornish Arms in St Merryn, which was a short walk away from the house where we stayed. The Cornish Arms is owned by Rick Stein (as is most of Padstow to be fair!) and offers a simple British pub menu and some of St Austell Brewery’s best ales. I went for the mussels which were served with chips and bread and were really delicious. The service was also really good – we had a super friendly waiter who was laughing and joking with us as we arrived.

We had a fantastic second day doing lots of sightseeing and sampling some of the best food that Cornwall has to offer and went to bed early with full tummies.

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