First let me explain the delay in getting this review to you, My wife was heavily pregnant at the time of our stay and at 7 month old my new Son doesnt let me have much free time but better late than never.
Anyway, we had spent one night in a place called Launceston (The White Hart Hotel) and after such a bad hotel anything was better (sorry I would use stronger words but take a tip and dont say there) we ended up in Padstow. Its a fantastic place, you do feel a bit unwelcome from the locals who have to endure the never ending stream of tourists trying to get a bit of Rick Stein but hey it probably brings in cash to the proper locals not the ones who use it as a summer or retirement home. We had chose the Old customs inn because it looked central and the price wasnt too bad. We arrived at midday and parked at the public car park near the lobster hatchery which is a bit of a walk but come night time you can move your car a bit closer, still in a public car park as the hotel doesnt have one. We checked in and they had the roomavaliable a bit early but as we had booked only a week or two earlier it was one towards the rear of the hotel without a view. After what we had just been though we didnt care. The staff on the desk were fantastic and even offered to help me up with the luggage, I declined but it makes a difference. The only downfall of this hotel is the steep staircase which as I have already mentioned my heavily pregnant wife found difficult but the room and staff and general all round atmosphere of the hotel more than made up for. We didnt eat at the hotel as the crowds of people coming in for lunch made sure but we did have a drink and the food looked good. We did however eat at Rick Steins Fish & Chip shop and can I say they were unbelievable, so good in fact the very next day we went back for a second helping before setting off home. On the night of stay we had already booked a night at Mr Steins St Petrocs Bistro, my wife loves shell fish but because of the Baby you are advised not to eat it so we went for this restaurant rather than his seafood one. We had a fantastic meal, and the place is not at all fancy, yes it has your food and wine critics wannabees but more or less all the customers were there for the food and looked like they had been there several times before. The bill wasnt too bad either, I think it was about £80 with a bottle of wine (for me) and a three course meal for both of us which was top class! Ive been to a few top places in London and it would have been much more expensive but less with less quality. I think its a must. We went back to the hotel and were greeted by a friendly member of the hotels staff and enjoyed a good nights sleep in our more than adequate room. I would recommened this hotel for its fantastic location, the rooms with a view must be even better, the staff add to the experience, the hotel is clean with all the modcons and to top it off its in a fantastic part of the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling within sight of the open sea at the mouth of the tranquil Camel Estuary, Padstow, in Cornwall, has always been a thriving fishing port and commercial centre for north Cornwall. At the heart of the town and overlooking the medieval harbour is the Old Custom House, now a stylish and intimate place to stay. Standing on the quayside, the Old Custom House is still one of the finest buildings in the town. Today it is famous for its fine food, award winning ales, elegant, intimate accommodation and for its luxurious Beauty Studio. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Custom House Hotel Padstow
- Old Custom House Padstow
- Old Custom House Inn Padstow, Cornwall