On our recent trip to Cornwall, we decided to treat ourselves at the end of the holiday to a nice meal out to round off a lovely family break. The area of Cornwall we were in is a great foodie area with great restaurants to choose from a host of named chef’s at numerous eateries. After much deliberating, we plumped for Paul Ainsworth’s Rojano’s in the Square at Padstow. It had great reviews and was reasonably priced. It was a stones throw from where we were staying so we caught the ferry from Rock to Padstow which all added to a nice Summery evening out.
After parking the car at Rock, we wandered down to the beach to catch the ferry and hopped on. It was £4 for an adult and £2 for a child.
It only took about 10 minutes to get over to Padstow and then we walked straight over to the restaurant.
Being peak season and Saturday night, Rojano’s was fully booked, so we decided to get to the restaurant at 5pm when it opened for night time dinner service. We joined the queue for “first come – first serve” seats outside. Luckily we got in! Thankfully it was a warm evening and really nice to sit outside.
After ordering a couple of pints of Doombar and a lovely bottle of Red (Montepulciano Podere, Umani Ronchi 2014), we were ready to order.
What we ordered (there were 7 in our party):
- Garlic dough balls
- Fish finger bun ( on specials board) – Chunky fillets in batter with parsley seasoning in a lightly toasted bun
- Cider pears salad – Pears poached in cider, buffalo mozzarella, fried polenta, parmesan, pine nuts and truffle honey
- Parma ham salad – Fresh watermelon, goat’s cheese, caramelised walnuts, extra virgin olive oil and thyme
- Calamari (on specials board) – With aioli sauce
- Wild mushroom linguini – Roasted wild mushrooms, garlic, spinach,
nutmeg, sherry vineger and parmesan
- Red ruby short rib burger – Grilled spinata, pickles, fontina cheese, tomato and onion seed chutney. Seasame seed and clotted cream bun, salty skinny chips
- Grappa cured salmon linguini – King prawns fried in garlic, chilli and lemon,
toasted pine nuts, rocket and olive oil
Here’s a link to the menu online, if the picture is not quite clear enough.
- Seating location – Sitting outside on a lovely evening was even better in our opinion, so we were lucky to get there early and get a table.
- Food – We could not praise the food enough. The starters were delicious, but the stars were the salads. They were light, flavoursome and tasty and definitely something you wouldn’t eat everyday. The mains once again were great with the Salmon linguini and rich wild mushroom linguini really standing out for us.
- Service – Our waiter was very polite, chatty and attentive. The only slight down side of the evening was that we had to wait a while for our mains, but there were 7 of us, so this may have contributed in this.
- Cost – We thought this was not too bad. For 7 of us and a few beers and wine, the bill was around £200.
- Overall – Thoroughly recommend this restaurant to visit if you are in the Padstow area. We thought the food, ambience and cost made into a very nice evening out to round off a great holiday.
Through the holiday in Cornwall, we went to many places and saw some really nice restaurants owned by great chefs. We would like to have gone to the all, but was not possible this time round. One day maybe.
Some places we’d like to return to :
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac
Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow
And lastly, but certainly not least, as we enjoyed Rojano’s in the Square so much, we’d love to go back to Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 in Padsto………as said, one day maybe.
Please share with us if you’ve been to any of these restaurants or ones that you can recommend in this area as I’m sure we will be going back soon.