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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside and when Bordeaux Blonde made the most of her trip to the Cornish coast to sample the local seafood, and there was no shortage of choice of venues

Padstow was the first stop, known to many as Padstein thanks to the dominance of Rick Stein in the town. Starting with his Fish and chip shop We worked our way to the pinnacle of the flagship Seafood Restaurant on the next day. As wonderful as the food was a special mention to the fantastic staff who literally went the extra mile for us – they know who they are ! It reflects so well on an establishment when the staff are so efficient, friendly and so very obviously happy in their work.
One of the ‘graduates’ from the school of Stein (amongst others including Roux and Bras) is James Nathan, winner of Masterchef in 2008 James has now an independent chef. He came to the lovely Bothy in Trevone to cater for us and showed that his skills were not limited to fish but happily encompassed a complete range of regional, seasonal and even wild Cornish fare.

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James Nathan explains Cornish Cuisine at The Bothy.

However not all the eateries are Steined in Padstow – the wonderful harbour front tea shop The Cherry Tree, offered a mouthwatering selections of home made cakes and desserts that were difficult to resist and after a 2 hour hike across the cliff top from Trevone I didn’t feel I had to!

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Just desserts at the Cherry Tree after a cliff top walk.

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I sadly didn’t make it to the other side of Cornwall to another fish address on my bucket list; The Seahorse in Dartmouth the current HQ of fishmonger extraordinaire Mitch Tonks after leaving his Fishworks chain in 2007 but a close second I did manage to call into what was his original restaurant in Bristol now known as Rockfish http://. It remains a temple to fresh fish, simply and beautifully prepared, which was the whole ethos of his original vision inspired by Mitch’s background as a local fisherman. After a recent refurbishment the restaurant has a more modern look and a sneak preview of the new wine list showed several new Bordeaux listings – an added bonus for Bordeaux Blonde – red wine with fish anyone? Absolutely.

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