Founder, Co-owner and Interior Designer

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

Jill has been and remains to be 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.

Beyond her work with the Rick Stein business, Jill is instrumental to the establishment of Cornwall as an unmissable destination, and in developing its tourism; resulting in her being announced chair of Visit Cornwall in May 2019 and in April 2021 was included on CODE’s 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality list.

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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 Jill continues to push our teams forward to be the very best, delivering great service and experiences for our guests.

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.

Jill Stein, for many years the driving force – along with Rick – behind the success of the Rick Stein group, has been appointed as chairperson of Visit Cornwall, taking over from Lord St Levan whose four-year tenure has brought strong leadership and financial stability to the organisation.