Padstow - A once quiet little, fishing-port in Cornwall. Nowadays it is the place to be if you follow the fortunes of celebrity-chefs.
Rick Stein has a couple of outlets in Padstow which has led the town into a seige by the followers of fashion. Mr. Stein is a well known TV chef/food writer and all round nice guy. His patronage of the town has given way to an invasion.
A few fishing boat still are in evidence.
Most of the boats in the small harbour are pleasure-craft and have nothing to do with 'fishing' as a resouce.
It is still a nice place. It has the feel of a Cornish town stuck in time but struggling to know what to do withh all the visitors that are drawn in by the 'Stein Effect'.
The crowds are not in keeping with this lovely little town.
I recall my first visit and I remember being welcomed as 'one of them strange, touristy folk.' Today one is welcomed as a unit with money to part with..
Rick Stein is a nice chap. I like his TV presentations, I like his persona. His passion for good food, in particular good sea-food, is legendary. And long may it be so.
My concern is that the masses that descend upon Padstow will destroy all he set out to do - deliver good food to good people.
I did sample some of 'his' wares; I had fish & chips at his wharfside outlet. The fish was a delight and I enjoyed it very much. The chips however, he can keep; They were awful. Limp, almost soggy things that a back-street alley chip-shop would have been proud of.
If I return to visit Padstow it will be 'out of season', when the crowds thin and a sense of normality returns.
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