Founder, Co-owner and Interior Designer

In 1975, Jill co-founded The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow with Rick Stein.

Jill has been, and remains, pivotal in the success and growth of the business, from the single restaurant she and Rick started in Padstow, to the world-renowned business it is today.

An interior designer, Jill is known for developing our brand, creating stylish and relaxed interiors across all the restaurants in Padstow, as well as our newer restaurants in Winchester, Sandbanks, Marlborough and Barnes. Jill also designs the interiors for all the Rick Stein rooms and accommodations across the business: from the classic Cornish-inspired rooms above The Seafood Restaurant, to the luxurious and tranquil property, St. Edmunds House.

Jill has drawn inspiration from her travels around the world and is always in search of new ideas to keep our restaurants, rooms and rental properties looking fresh, contemporary, inviting and welcoming.

In late 2017 Jill launched Porthdune – a personal collection of natural skincare and lifestyle products inspired by the Cornish coast around Padstow, available for purchase in our shop as well as online.

Jill has received many awards over the years to recognise her achievements including an OBE for services to the Restaurant Industry, an honorary doctorate of business from Plymouth University, the Special Award from the prestigious Catey Awards and was included on CODE’s 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality list.

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Having been at the helm of the business for over 45 years, there is little that our co-owner and founder, Jill Stein, doesn’t know about hospitality, and it’s easy to see why. Read her interview with Sophie Farrah here.

We’re very proud to share Jill has been featured on CODE Hospitality’s Top 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality 2021 list. A very well deserved accolade – after nearly 50 years in the industry.

Firstly, I would like to talk about partially opening some of our restaurants that are lucky enough to have space for outdoor dining – terraces, secret gardens and more. It has been a huge success and all our teams have really given it their all.