Padstow


Padstow lies further up the estuary beyond the Doom Bar, the sandbank that wrecked many a ship attempting to reach the harbour in storm conditions. A mermaid was responsible, naturally, throwing sand and a curse at a young man who attacked her. The Bar and a silted-up estuary have plagued Padstow ever since, but it still sustains a small fishing fleet. Old stone and slate cottages, slate-hung inns and warehouses converted in recent years from coal and timber stores make a picturesque setting with cobbled byways and streets climbing a valley to the church of St Petroc below the deerpark of the Elizabethan manor house.
excerpt from
Insight Compact Guides Cornwall

28 March 2003


St. Petroc's Bistro
(a Rick Stein restaurant)

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Cornish flag, seen
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Shelly & Pam

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