Rick Stein's Cafe

After dining on the celebrity chef's food, stay in snug room above the café.

By By Jennifer Howze, Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006, 4:53 PM

Rick Stein's Cafe

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Price From $149

British celebrity chef Rick Stein has created a dining empire in Padstow over the last 30 years, turning a once-sleepy fishing village into a destination for foodies.

The narrow, winding streets of the town radiate out from the harbor, and visitors who wander amid the shops and restaurants will inevitably find themselves outside one of Stein's many establishments. Dinner at the Café is the most affordable way to experience Stein's way with seafood.

The menu changes seasonally but may include entrées like whole deviled mackerel with a tomato and onion salad or deep-fried plaice with tartar sauce.

Like any good host, Stein, having fed his guests, puts them up for the night. The three rooms above the Café are snug but comfortable.

Stein's wife and business partner, Jill, designed the French-accented interiors: wrought-iron beds blanketed in white matelassé; toile and gingham fabrics on the windows and pillows; and ornamental fireplaces.

Breakfast is served in the Café and features hearty fare such as bacon sandwiches on homemade bread and parmesan-and-smoked-haddock omelettes.

Avoid visiting Padstow in high season (June, July, and August) and during school holidays, when the village turns into a giant tourist scrum. And no matter what time of year you go, be sure to make dinner reservations well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Rate includes breakfast.