The hotel, situated above the famous restaurant, is smart and bright, with seaside blues and neutral hues creating a calming coastal ambience in the 16 rooms, all designed by Jill Stein. Dog-friendly rooms include powerful showers, crisp white linen and towels, freeview TV, WiFi, Molton Brown toiletries, Origin Coffee, Birchall Tea and Stein’s biscuits.
You and fido have the pick of the bunch when it comes to a stay at The Seafood Restaurant.
Cosy rooms are the littlest but will still make for a comfortable stay with a small dog. Stylish Comfy rooms offer the same amenities as those found in all the wonderful rooms here, but with a little more space for fido to stretch his legs in the morning.
Generous rooms are bigger still, with some offering freestanding baths, while Estuary View rooms allow access to private parking for the duration of your stay, as well as vistas onto the picturesque harbourfront, and over to nearby Rock.
The two Master rooms are undeniably the cream of the crop. The most spacious in the hotel, both rooms also boast their own private terrace, complete with loungers – a perfect place to rest weary heads and paws after a day exploring the Cornish coast, while admiring the beautiful estuary views.
A dog bowl and take-home fleece blanket will be waiting for your pooch on arrival.
With a harbour to explore, and a sandy beach just a ten minute stroll away, bring your walking shoes and a towel or drying coat for fido. If he’s anything like Rigby, All Four Paws’ spaniel muse, he will get wet! A local dog-walking guide is also available at the hotel.
Book one of their ‘Dog’s Life’ packages, and you’ll also receive some Green & Wilds organic dog treats on arrival, and a dog bowl to take home. Ask about their rates when submitting your enquiry.
Dog-sitting is bookable through the hotel if you need someone to keep an eye on your pooch while you dine in the main restaurant, or at nearby St Petroc’s Bistro.
Family breaks are on offer at The Seafood Restaurant, which include buckets and spades, crabbing lines, board games, books and Xbox access – sure to keep the whole family entertained in all weathers. Interconnecting rooms are also available.
The Seafood Restaurant is Rick Stein’s flagship, and was the first to open (in 1975). Dishes are simply prepared, with classic flavours, but make no mistake – this Padstow staple is home to some of the freshest and finest fish and seafood dishes Cornwall has to offer. During busy periods, the restaurant books up weeks in advance; if you haven’t managed to nab a booking, the seafood bar at the heart of the restaurant should be able to make room. Order from the a la carte menu while you watch the chefs at work as they assemble sumptuous shellfish platters for the seafood-loving diners.
If the weather is on your side, you and your dog are welcome to enjoy a drink together on the terrace. While there isn’t a full bar in the hotel, nearby Ruby’s Bar is a perfect cosy hideaway for an afternoon break or an evening nightcap, and fido is welcome all day long.
A reduced room service menu is available 24 hours a day.
Dogs are not allowed in The Seafood Restaurant (except for breakfast, when you’re all welcome in the conservatory at the entrance to the eating area), so book someone to keep an eye on fido if you’d like to eat here. Residents are given priority when making restaurant bookings.
If you and your pooch are keen to dine together, there are a number of dog-friendly options nearby, including Mediterranean-inspired St Petroc’s Bistro, friendly gastropub The Cornish Arms and seaside fish and chip shop Rick Stein Fistral.
Rick Stein loves Padstow for its “strong sense of identity” – this working fishing port has deep roots and feels alive all year round, not just during the summer months, when seaside and sunshine lovers descend on the county.
A trip to Padstow wouldn’t be complete without a walk along the bustling yet picturesque harbourfront, where you and your dog can both keep an eye out for the fishermen’s latest catch. If fido is partial to a swim, the nearest beach is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre, or if you fancy a bit of a trip on the high seas, enjoy the short crossing together from Padstow to charming Rock on the Black Tor ferry.
North Cornwall has an abundance of dog-friendly activities for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy together. Please see our guide to dog-friendly North Cornwall. For inspiration see our dog-friendly Cornwall destination page.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: The Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, Padstow, PL28 8BY
From the North, come off the A39 at the junction for the A389 and follow your SatNav around the beautiful Cornish countryside as you head towards the coast. If coming from the South, why not exit the main road just south of Newquay and enjoy the picturesque journey along the coastal road. Estuary and Master rooms include free parking on site, but if this isn’t part of your package, there is pay and display parking available a short walk away.
Newquay and Bodmin Parkway are your closest stations, and are both around 30 minutes away by road. Book a taxi in advance to take you from the station to The Seafood Restaurant to make sure your dog can come too.
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