View across to Rock
Set on the River Camel, opposite the harbour port of Padstow, Rock offers a taste of the finer things Cornwall has to offer.
Home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, Outlaw’s, Rock is a luxurious village. It is also renowned for being home to Sharp’s Brewery , creating the classic Cornish ale, Doom Bar. Visit the brewery to pick up some branded glassware and try some of this world-famous ale.
Just a few miles along the coast, you’ll find the surfing beach of Polzeath. Attracting numerous visitors due to its outstanding surfing conditions and large, sandy beach, Polzeath is not to be missed on your visit to the area. If you’d like to wander along the South West Coast Path, it passes through Polzeath in one direction to Daymer Bay and Rock. This is an excellent way to explore Cornwall’s rugged coastline. Rock is also a prime spot for boating and water activities such as sea angling, sailing and windsurfing.
Another appealing aspect of Rock is its proximity to Padstow. Just over the estuary, Padstow’s bustling centre and harbour make for a wonderful day trip. Here, you’ll find Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, offering another opportunity to sample world-class dishes with a Cornish twist. Padstow Harbour is only a short distance from Rock.
Outlaw’s offers a fine dining experience like no other. Creating dishes with fresh meat, fish and other local Cornish produce, it’s worth stopping by to sample the work of head chef Tom Brown. Dishes include cuttlefish fritters, breaded haddock with courgette chutney and parsley soup with smoked mackerel. The restaurant has an outdoor dining area, perfect for tucking into the seasonal menu on a summer’s day. For a more relaxed dining option check out the Blue Tomato Café . You can stop here for a Cornish crab sandwich or a tasty chicken schnitzel burger. It’s also a great place to stop for breakfast if you’re out and about.
“Set on the River Camel, opposite the harbour port of Padstow, Rock offers a taste of the finer things Cornwall has to offer.”
If you’re keen to sample Rock’s pubs, pay a visit to The Mariners Rock, run by Sharp’s Brewery and Nathan Outlaw to create a notably special pub experience. Overlooking the Camel Estuary, this is a great place to enjoy a pint. The Rock Inn is the village’s local pub, offering an extensive range of ales. Planning a picnic? The Barnecutt Bakery is in the heart of Rock, offering traditional Cornish pasties, pastries and snacks. Grab something on the go and sit along the estuary to take in the views.