Restaurants - St Petroc's Bistro Reviews

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Opening times

Open every day
Lunch: 
Thursday - Sunday
12pm - 2pm
Dinner: 
Monday - Sunday 
6.30pm - 9.30pm

St Petroc’s Bistro 
New Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8EA

 

St Petroc's Bistro 

 

"This venue is ‘a considerable achievement in its own right’ with menus far from being exclusively fish based. Grills are prominent, and dry-aged Scottish beef is a speciality. The food is generous and full-flavoured, whether lightly curried crab mayonnaise with rocket or baked scallops with paprika, Serrano ham, crisp garlic and olive oil. The kitchen can also do classic (grilled whole lemon sole teamed with brown shrimps and mushrooms, for instance) and desserts get a good press too."

Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014

 

The Stein empire has "taken the bistro title to heart with simple yet tasty dishes",at this “fun” boutique hotel dining room; it pleases reporters".

Harden’s UK restaurant survey 2012

  

"It's just a short journey uphill for the fish supplies landed in the harbour to make it to the tables of the bistro outpost of the Rick Stein empire. St Petroc's is a more informal and wallet-friendly route to sample the trademark Stein way with spanking fresh fish and seafood than the flagship venue down the road. It is a jaunty, uncluttered space with vivid modern paintings on white walls, bare wooden tables, and a courtyard and garden for alfresco dining. Fish still rules the roost on a menu that looks to France and the Mediterranean for its inspiration, as witnessed in a starter of grilled scallops served on the half shell with pumpkin seeds, Serrano ham, and chilli and coriander sauce. Next up, a fine fillet of haddock comes in robust company of beer, bacon and Savoy cabbage, while pecan and chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream provides a simple but effective finish."

AA Restaurant Guide 2012

  

"One of the oldest buildings in town, this charming establishment is just up the hill from the picturesque harbour. Style, comfort and individuality are all great strengths here, particularly so in the impressively equipped bedrooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all reflect a serious approach to cuisine, and the popular restaurant has a relaxed, bistro style. Comfortable lounges, a reading room and lovely gardens complete the picture."

AA Hotel Guide 2012

 

"Attractive house on a steep hill with pine furnished bistro and terrace running down one side. Unfussy, largely seafood-based menu offers simply prepared old-fashion favourites. Smart well appointed bedrooms in house/annex, small lounge and quiet library." 

Michelin Guide, 2012

 

"This backstreet bistro offers stripped down samples of his (Rick's) trademark Med-influenced cuisine at much more reasonable prices."

Lonely Planet Discover Great Britain 2012

 

"The cheerful bistro was set up as a budget alternative to the Seafood Restaurant, but over the years it has become a destination in its own right. Despite the Rick Stein association, seafood doesn’t steal the limelight – although you will find modern ideas like fried squid with smoked pimentón and garlic mayonnaise or grilled fillet of cod with beer, bacon and Savoy cabbage. Back on land, the range extends to chicken breast with Muscat wine and black pudding, plus a choice of 28-day aged Aberdeen Angus and Charolais-cross steaks. Bringing up the rear are appealing desserts such as lemon posset with berry compote."

The Good Food Guide, 2012 

 

"It isn't all about fish, The St Petroc's Bistro serves up good British steak too while breakfast is typically English, and exactly how the first meal of the day should be." 

The Journal, Lee Ryder, February 2011

  

"A senior member of Rick Stein's Cornish dynasty, this chummy bistro-with-rooms was set up as a cut price alternative to the Seafood Restaurant and has established a life of its own over the years. The mood is as bright and breezy as a Padstow summer's day, colourful paintings line the walls, and the courtyard gets rammed when the sun is out. Local fish waxes strongly on the menu - perhaps fried squid in olive oil with smoked pimentón and garlic mayo or bourride of gurnard with salt cold and prawns. The no-nonsense line-up also runs to whole baked Camembert, ribeye with béarnaise sauce and desserts including pear and almond tart."

The Good Food Guide, 2011

  

"The bistro at St Petroc's Hotel represents another way of getting your knife and fork on some of Rick Stein's cooking if the Seafood Restaurant is chock-a-block or you want somewhere a little lighter on the wallet. The laminate floors and unclothed tables set an informal tone, and some lively modern artwork adorn the dining room. Seafood isn't quite as prominent theme as it is down the road, but there are still reliable offerings such as grilled prawns with ouzo, tomatoes, chilli and feta or whole lemon sole with béarnaise sauce. Otherwise look to the grill, from which 28 day aged beef emerges in various guises, including half-pound peppercorn and chive butter. Finish with baked lemon cheesecake with berry compote."

The AA Restaurant Guide, 2011

 

"Rick Stein's lesser-known Padstow outfit is a ‘relaxed' bistro that wins very consistent praise for its ‘zingy' fare, and for ‘great value' too."

Harden's UK Restaurant Guide, 2011

 

"Long-standing fixture of the Rick Stein empire. Colourful modern art, bare tables and a courtyard and garden for the summer days set the tone of another Rick Stein's Padstow eateries, this one named after the sixth-century Celtic saint. A menu of classic and modern bistro dishes takes in devilled kidneys with wild mushrooms, grilled red mullet with sauce vierge, and mains such as Parisian-style bavette steak with bordelaise sauce and cheese salad. Padstow's marine bounty is always on hand, perhaps in the form of a whole lemon sole with brown shrimps and mushrooms. Simple desserts include Paris Brest and passion fruit pavlova."

Good Food Guide, 2010

  

"A ‘celebrity' restaurant that really does live up to expectations."

Harden's UK Restaurant Guide, 2010

 

"One of the oldest buildings in town, this charming establishment is just up the hill from the picturesque harbour. Style, comfort and individuality are all great strengths here, particularly so in the impressively equipped bedrooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all reflect a serious approach to cuisine, and the popular restaurant has a relaxed, bistro style. Comfortable lounges, a reading room and lovely gardens complete the picture."

AA Hotel Guide, 2010

  

"Family friendly bistro with signature Stein white walls, wooden floors and modern art, not to mention the fish. Here they have good meat dishes on offer too. Chic, lively and a magnet to the metropolitan gang."

Belinda Richardson, The Telegraph, 2009

 

 

"St Petroc's Bistro (one of Padstow's oldest buildings, with pleasant sitting room and library, courtyard and garden and ten bedrooms) serves unfussy cooking with the freshest of ingredients: perfect skate wing, simply presented with aioli and watercress." 

The Good Hotel Guide, 2009 

 

"A casual and friendly outpost of the Stein empire, this reliable bistro wins praise for its classic fare." 

Harden's Restaurant Guide, 2009 (people's verdict)

 

"This long standing fixture of the Rick Stein empire is a light, bright and breezy white-painted hotel just above the harbour and the crowds. The bistro has Stein's trademark combination of white walls, wood floors and large contemporary canvases, and places the emphasis on fish." 

The Good Food Guide, 2009

 

"One of the oldest buildings in town, this charming establishment is just up the hill from the picturesque harbour. Style, comfort and individuality are all great strengths here, particularly so in the impressively equipped rooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all reflect a serious approach to cuisine, and the popular restaurant has a relaxed, bistro style. Comfortable lounges, a reading room and lovely gardens complete the picture."

The AA Hotel Guide, 2009

 

"Sitting a short stride uphill from it's fish suppliers in Padstow's photogenic harbour, the bistro outpost of Rick Stein's empire is a more casual alternative to the Seafood Restaurant. A more jaunty interior pairs bright modern paintings by local artists with crisp white walls and plenty of bare wood, while cheery staff serve up in a professional, unstuffy style. Fish clearly gets pole position on a menu built around classic bistro influences mingling with a straight forward modern repertoire. Kick off with tender warm pigeon breast with sautéed potatoes and walnut oil-dressed watercress salad, then move on to vibrantly fresh grilled sea bass, finishing with a sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream."

The AA Restaurant Guide, 2009