A celebration of the sea

Our flagship restaurant in Padstow was opened by Rick Stein and Jill Stein in 1975. Nearly 50 years on, the menu at The Seafood Restaurant still reflects everything that Rick set out to achieve – a celebration of great quality fish and shellfish, simply cooked. Head Chef Pete Murt leads the way now, with his team perfectly recreating Rick’s recipes time and time again for guests to experience – including lobster thermidor, turbot hollandaise and Indonesian seafood curry.

The seafood bar at the heart of the restaurant is where you’ll find people watchers and real food enthusiasts who want to find out more about everything from our team behind the bar as they shuck oysters and pour drinks. Like a relaxed chef’s table experience where you can choose the menu.


Rick’s latest series that takes you on a culinary adventure across Great Britain. From Cumbria to Bristol and Suffolk to Belfast, he explores the diverse food and drink that people love today. The series showcases 30 dishes, two of which you’ll find on our menu…

Crumpet with Potted Shrimp and Poached Egg
This recipe comes straight from Morecambe on the Lancashire coast where Rick first fell in love with potted shrimp. This experience inspired him to write a new recipe that makes the perfect starter that gives layers of richness. Homemade crumpet topped with a good spoonful of shrimps and a poached egg, that once cut open creates a very lovely sauce with the spiced butter that coats the shrimp. Supply of shrimp, due to the low levels of catch, can be patchy so this is a dish to order when you spot it on the menu.

Salt Cod Fish Cakes
The delightful combination of salt cod fish cakes and a good spoonful of aioli might transport you to the Spanish coast somewhere. But no, the recipe for this fab dish was discovered near Bristol at a café called Houria during his Food Stories travels. We rather like a plate or two to share for the table as an appetiser.

Hear from our customers

Excellent value lunch set menu with a good range of choices. The mussels were fresh with a garlic sauce. The hake with confit onion melted lovingly together. The seabass curry was gorgeous with sides to match. But the star of the show was the cheesecake with salted caramel – simply exquisite.

- Luke

Fabulous food – every course was delicious. The service was excellent , and thought the whole experience was very good value for money. A lovely treat to celebrate being on holiday as a family

- Ellie

Our annual charity lunches have been going for over 25 years, starting life here at The Seafood Restaurant and now in most of our restaurants. We dedicate a few weeks of the year to support some of the charities that work tirelessly in our communities. They’ve become a regular date in the diary, raising over...

Rick Stein two night dinner, bed and breakfast break in Padstow, Cornwall.  Escape to Cornwall this winter on our two night dinner bed and breakfast break in Padstow. Crisp sunny days are perfect for exploring beautiful windswept beaches and a rugged coast path free from crowds. Waking up by the coast to the sound of seagulls knowing...

A big thank you to everyone who enjoyed our lobster with fines herbes and chips special during our Summer of Shellfish celebration. Your excellent ordering has helped to raise a fab £11,000 to support the lobster hatchery’s research and education programmes into the future. Stop by to visit them next time you’re in Padstow and...