The small fishing port of Padstow enjoys a reputation quite out of proportion to its size. Its location is something special, perched on the broad and beautiful Camel Estuary, close to fantastic beaches and beautiful countryside; the village itself is quaint and well-preserved, gathered around a small working harbour. But the real reason for its latter-day popularity is its gastronomic reputation, which has grown exponentially since TV chef Rick Stein opened his acclaimed Seafood Restaurant here back in 1975. Padstow has since become ‘Padstein’ as Stein has expanded his local empire. But the town and its visitors owe him a huge debt of gratitude, because the town is now by far one of the country’s best foodie destinations, with any number of places to sample great local produce. Add to this the fantastic scenery and location, and Padstow is by any standards a truly extraordinary holiday destination. For such a small place it also has an awful lot of good places to stay, with top-notch accommodation clustered around Padstow's small harbour, just off Riverside Road. Above all there is a real mix, from the boutique hotels and restaurants with rooms offered by the Stein chain to some really good self-catering options, either in stylish waterfront apartments or quaint farm cottages, ideal for larger groups or families. Nearby campsites are another choice, good places to relax and enjoy the countryside during the summer months, and perfect for speedy access down to the estuary.