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Our History

  1. 1974

    Rick and Jill opened The Great Western nightclub

    Rick and Jill bought the restaurant in 1974 as a nightclub, which didn’t last very long, owing to some problems with keeping law and order with a clientele of burly fisherman.

  2. 1975

    The Seafood Restaurant opened

    Little did Rick and Jill know when they opened a small seafood bistro on the harbourside in Padstow in 1975 with red checked tablecloths and candles in Verdicchio bottles that the business would grow to where it is today. Since opening in 1975, The Seafood Restaurant has established an international reputation for imaginative cooking of the very freshest fish and shellfish.

  3. 1988

    Opening of St Petroc's Hotel & Bistro

    Rick and Jill bought St Petroc’s in 1988. It had been running as a simple hotel for about 5 years prior to that and before that it had been semi derelict for years. We added extra bedrooms by the purchase of St. Decamons next door in 1989. The bistro opened at the same time as the hotel and has grown slightly over the years specialising in bistro food from Britain, France, Spain and Italy.

  4. 1994

    Rick Stein's Café

    The café in Middle Street started life in the original deli in 1982. After operating for four years, the café soon outgrew its small space above the deli, so Rick and Jill moved the café and introduced a much more substantial menu in 1994. There are also three comfortable rooms located above.

  5. Rick Stein's Deli


    Stein's Deli and Stein's Gift Shop opened

    Rick and Jill moved the deli to a new building on South Quay in 2000, and turned the shop in Middle Street into an upmarket gift shop.

  6. 2000

    Rick Stein's Cookery School opened

    Rick’s vision for his cookery school in Cornwall was to run a place where he would enjoy cooking, a place where the whole morning would revolve around lunch.  These lunches are designed to cover every aspect of seafood cookery, from filleting a plaice to stir-frying squid, braising brill to steaming sea bass.

  7. 2001

    St Edmund's House opened

    St. Edmunds House was bought in 2000 helping us to develop six luxury bedrooms which opened 1st June 2001. The rooms have a cool, minimalist feel, with oak flooring, double French doors and American shutters. Each room has been named after a local surfing beach.

  8. 2003

    Stein's Patisserie opened

    We were joined by our Executive Pastry Chef Stuart Pate in 2003, who helped us establish Stein’s Patisserie on Lanadwell Street, just a stone’s throw from Padstow harbour. It sells a wide range of freshly baked bread, pastries and cakes which are all homemade by us here in Padstow.

  9. 2004

    Stein's Fish & Chips opened

    We bought Stein’s Fish & Chips on the South Quay in 2004. Rick always wanted a fish and chip shop, somewhere you can wander in, choose your fish and wait while it cooks. You’ll find a menu of cod and haddock together with a large range of local fish like hake, monkfish, John Dory and bass in batter and deep fried in beef dripping to make it really crisp. We serve homemade chips, mushy peas, curry sauce and our mayonnaise-based tartare sauce along with some nice wines and good beer.

  10. 2007

    Prospect House opened

    In late 2007 we opened another 4 bedrooms at Prospect House just up the path from St Petroc’s, and our delightful Bryn Cottage which opened April 2007.

  11. 2008

    Refurbishment at The Seafood Restaurant

    In 2008 we refurbished The Seafood Restaurant, changing the conservatory, opening the seafood bar and adding two extra bedrooms.

  12. 2009

    The Cornish Arms opened

    In 2009 we took over The Cornish Arms at St Merryn. We’re running it not as a gastropub but as the local village inn with great real ales from St Austell Brewery and good pub food like crab sandwiches, sausage and mash, scampi in the basket and prawn cocktail.

  13. 2010

    Rick Stein's Fish opened in Falmouth

    We looked around Cornwall for a long time for a place to expand beyond Padstow. Our inspiration for The Seafood Restaurant originally came from a restaurant in Falmouth that Rick and Jill frequented during the 1970’s, so it seemed only natural to finally open our own restaurant here. Classic fish and chips are at the heart of the menu as well as some of Rick’s favourite seafood dishes.

  14. Cornish Fishmongers


    Stein's Fisheries opened

    In March 2012 we opened a fishmongers in Padstow, Stein’s Fisheries, selling fresh fish, shellfish and pre-prepared seafood dishes, as well as lobsters, crabs, fishcakes, seafood salads, fish soups along with salmon, prawn and crab sandwiches. The shop is located next to Stein’s Fish & Chips on South Quay.

  15. 2012

    Stein's at Trevone Farm opened

    Four coastal inspired properties surrounded by peaceful green pastures in the charming village of Trevone. Individually customised and designed by Jill Stein, with a homely feel and somewhere to kick off your shoes and instantly feel relaxed. Stay in our four-bedroomed house, Trenouth or one of our three-bedroomed houses, Crigmorrick, Porthmissen or St Cadoc.

  16. 2014

    Jill finishes Martindale

    In 2014 Jill lovingly restored and furnished this beautiful country retreat. Sleeping 8, this traditional Cornish cottage with pretty courtyard is nestled in the sleepy and peaceful village of Penrose, just 6 miles from Padstow. Read a book from the extensive library in front of the wood burning stove, relax in the TV room, unwind in the bathrooms or entertain in the dining area.

  17. 2014

    Rick Stein opens in Winchester

    Our first move outside Cornwall. In 2014 we opened our seafood restaurant in Winchester.  Winchester was a natural place to move to, it’s steeped in heritage with beautiful architecture and has a love of great food.

  18. 2014

    Rick Stein opens in Porthleven

    We were delighted to open a restaurant in November in the quintessentially Cornish village of Porthleven. This restaurant is beautifully situated alongisde the harbour, and features an exclusive preview of  dishes from Rick’s latest adventures from Venice to Istanbul.

  19. 2015

    Rick Stein, Fistral

    In April 2015, we opened a restaurant in Fistral, Cornwall. The restaurant is located on the iconic Fistral beach, famous for being one of the best surf beaches in Europe with a long sandy stretch perfect for families and offers a selection of classic fish and chips as well as curries inspired by Rick’s travels in India and the Far East.

  20. Rick Stein, Sandbanks

    Rick Stein, Sandbanks opened in November 2015. The restaurant offers classic seafood dishes such as Dover sole meunière, turbot hollandaise and fruits de mer, with views overlooking the water.

  21. 2016

    Stein's Fisheries & Seafood Bar

    We have opened a casual seafood bar to sit alongside our fish counter where you can soak up the atmosphere of a working local fisheries, whilst tucking into some of the best seafood from our shores and some of Rick’s favourite wines.

  22. 2016

    Ruby's Bar

    In July 2016 we opened Ruby’s Bar on Broad Street, just around the corner from St. Petroc’s. With access to the bar from the Bistro, we wanted the bar to be a place for pre-dinner drinks, an afternoon gin and tonic, or an evening cocktail. Ruby’s Bar was designed by Jill Stein, son Ed and his wife Kate.

  23. 2016

    Rick Stein, Marlborough

    In October 2016 we opened a restaurant in Marlborough. Here you can enjoy some of Rick’s most iconic dishes such as Dover sole a la meunière and turbot hollandaise as well as a selection of new dishes including salt pork belly with split pea puree and sauerkraut, and baked guinea fowl with garlic beans and smoked sausage.