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 within Padstow harbour, 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.

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I would like to take this opportunity to say how much we are looking forward to welcoming you back to our restaurants, hotels, shops and cookery school once lockdown is over. While you have been away and with our restaurants firmly closed, we are planning and preparing for a busy year…

To say this has been a tough year would be an understatement. Like so many others we have had to diversify, and the launch of Stein’s at Home and the successful growth of our online shop has taken us by surprise. What has been so heartwarming has been you, our customers and friends.

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.