The weather was lovely today so we decided to go to the coastal fishing village of Rock, which is across the estuary from Padstow, you can even get a foot ferry across.
Rock is a very charming place. There’s a beautiful mile long sandy beach with crystal clear water. The water is really still, so this isn’t a place for surfers I’m afraid!When the weather was like today you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the Med! There are a few clothes shops including Jack Wills, a village shop which is well stocked with a selection of wines and cheeses and ice cream parlor. There’s also an art gallery on the drive down to the beach. Although it’s a small place there’s a large pay and display car park so parking is no problem. It might even be easier to park here and get the ferry across to Padstow.
We went for lunch at a the Rock Inn restaurant, which had gorgeous views over the estuary from the balcony.
The food from here was out of this world! My Nan ordered the cream tea and as you can see in the title, they definitely served the best cream tea in Cornwall. My Dad and I couldn’t resist trying some! The presentation was fantastic, the scones were huge, but as light as a feather, the clotted cream was good enough to eat on its own! Also, the addition of fresh strawberries to garnish was a great touch.
My Dad and I shared a few dishes from the starter menu and had our own tapas-style lunch. We ordered calamari, prawns and bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Again the presentation was really good. The calamari was served in miniature deep-frying baskets, as were the prawns. The seafood was also garnished with a lemon wedge and served with tartar sauce and lemon mayonnaise.
The calamari was the best I’ve ever tasted. It was silky and not at all chewy like some can be. The batter was very light and seasoned really well. The prawns were fantastic, you could tell that all of the seafood was caught fresh, which really made a big difference to the taste.
If you’re in Rock or Padstow, I’d recommend going to the Rock Inn for a meal as they served the best seafood I’ve ever tasted! They also do evening meals which
sounded delicious on the menu.
After this we headed to Polzeath and spent the rest of the sunny hours on the beach, I even went for a swim in the sea, which is one of my favourite things to do when I’m on holiday. This is a great place for children and young people as the
beach is huge! There’s also lots of surf shops and even more ice cream parlors in Polzeath.
We headed back as it started to get a bit chilly, we had our dinner at The New Inn in Kilkhampton, which is where we went after we arrived. That proves how good it is that we went back! It’s a lovely cosy atmosphere and great value for the price.
Another chilled out day, but that’s what you go on holiday for right?