Rock is a stunning little village on the North Cornish coast, lying on the Camel Estuary and opposite the oh-so-popular Padstow. Boasting a peach of a beach with fine sand sweeps from Brea Hill to Daymer at low tide, it’s fab for water sports. There are some lovely eateries and fab watering holes along with its’ own brewery. With truly stunning views and lovely walks, there are lots of reasons to explore this very expensive gem.
You can't talk about Rock and drinking without mentioning Sharpe's, one of Cornwall's most famous breweries and based in Rock.
If you want to fill your tummy, you can of course hop across the water to the foodie haven that is Padstow where you’ll find the likes of Rick Stein, but there’s a fab selection of places to eat this side of the water too. Outlaw’s at the St Enodoc Hotel is worth a visit for some posh nosh and The Dining Room is very special as well. The Blue Tomato offers something a bit more laid-back with stunning views across the Camel Estuary, whilst Malcolm Barnecutts’ bakery and deli has an excellent reputation and fab goodies to take away with you – perfect for a picnic or for a bite on the hoof if you’re out walking.
If you like a tipple or two, you can’t talk about Rock and drinking without mentioning Sharp’s, one of Cornwall’s most famous breweries and based in Rock. From Doom Bar to Atlantic, their beers are exceptional and getting more widely known outside of Cornwall. To try a brew yourself head to The Mariners, a gastro pub run by Sharp’s and local chef Nathan Outlaw. The Rock Inn is a fab pub with good food and has lovely views over the estuary, or you can hop across the water to Padstow and check out Rick Stein’s The Cornish Arms which stocks some great St. Austell Brewery ales and an excellent selection of wines.
It’s all about the water at Rock. If you’re feeling active, try your hand at one of the many water sports on offer, from waterskiing to diving, there’s lots of ways to scoot about on the estuary. If you fancy something a little more sedate, there are lovely boat trips to be had exploring the coastline up towards Polzeath and Port Isaac. If you’d like to try your hand at fishing, there’s a plethora of fishing trips to be booked from Ferry point where you can catch mackerel, bass and even shark. Should you prefer terra firma, there’s plenty of stunning walks along the breathtaking coastline and others such as the lovely St John Betjeman Walk which meanders through the sand dunes of the River Camel.
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