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A local's guide to the ever popular Rock in North Cornwall

Posted by Sophie Hesp on Jul 20, 2019

While away the days in one of Cornwall’s most prestigious neighbourhoods

With its string of boutique shops, beachfront cafés and exclusive restaurants, the Cornish village of Rock occupies an idyllic location on the Camel Estuary. Its long sandy beach and sparkling sea views make it a beautiful holiday destination, so we’ve rounded up our favourite things to do in the area. From fine dining and food festivals to wild swimming and sailing races, there’s plenty to accompany a South West getaway.

Book a table at The Mariners

The latest addition to Paul Ainsworth’s collection of Cornish restaurants, The Mariners Public House overlooks the turquoise water. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but not forgetting that obligatory cream tea, the restaurant champions the very best local ingredients sourced within the county.

Our favourites include the Porthilly Oysters and Margherita on grilled toast, while after a long day on the beach, the indulgent dessert options may prove all too tempting. A must visit for holidays in Rock, The Mariners is the perfect place to enjoy a drink on the terrace as boats glide past on the water. Tasteful interiors, an ever exciting menu and a warm welcome await.

Opt for a boat trip across the water

If an idyllic Cornish cruise sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, step aboard and enjoy the ride from Rock to Padstow on the Black Tor Ferry. Catch the boat from the slipway on Rock Beach and enjoy a leisurely ten minute ride across the River Camel, before whiling away an hour or two in pretty Padstow. Home to some of the UK’s best restaurants, we’d recommend booking ahead for lunch at Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant or Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6.

After lunch, wander through Padstow’s charming streets, dangle your legs over the harbour wall with a Roskilly’s ice cream in hand, or take in the view from Stepper Point. After an afternoon well spent, hop back onto the ferry and enjoy an evening ride to Rock as the sun sets.

Soak up Rock’s calendar of festivals and events

Whatever the time of year, Rock and its pretty surrounding towns are bursting with festivals and events to enjoy by the water. Lovers of Cornwall’s tides will relish the one mile open water swim from Padstow to Rock in July, while the return of the ‘Rock Oyster Festival’ promises local performers and fantastic seafood by the bucket and spadeful.

A long weekend of sailing races and seaside suppers await in September for ‘Autumn Shrimper Fest’. If you’re visiting during the festive season, we recommend popping across the water to see the twinkling lights at the Padstow Christmas Festival.

Pick up some quality Cornish produce at Fee’s Food

A holiday in Rock simply isn’t complete without a visit to Fee’s Food – a wholesome deli selling everything you need for the perfect Cornish picnic. Located on the way into Rock, the shop stocks a wide range of fresh pastries, local cheeses and homemade lunches, from salads and sandwiches to quiches and chutneys.

If this year’s holiday is cause for celebration, pop in for a few bottles of fizz to accompany supper, or speak to our concierge team to arrange an evening of in-house fine dining with Fee herself. From intimate birthday dinners to unique themed lunches, her handcrafted menus and expert culinary knowledge will add an extra special touch to any occasion.

Retreat to Trehayl in the heart of Rock

Having recently undergone a phenomenal transformation, Trehayl is the perfect setting for an unforgettable stay in North Cornwall. With its twinkling sea views, sleek red kitchen and heated outdoor pool, Trehayl sleeps eight – ten guests and makes an idyllic base for family getaways and special occasions.

Watch the sunrise over breakfast from the elevated terrace, slip into the pool for a tranquil evening swim or walk down to the beach to while away hours on the sand. Perfectly placed for exploring the best of Cornwall, Trehayl has an abundance of cafes, shops and restaurants nearby. 

If you're hoping to holiday with four-legged friends, don't miss our guide to the five best dog-friendly walks in and around Rock.

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Posted by Sophie Hesp

When she's not out for brunch, Sophie loves exploring the coast path with her partner and Loki, her lurcher. She writes about all things Cornwall and is a strong believer that there’s no such thing as too many house plants.

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