“ Address: Lanadwell Street / Padstow / Cornwall / PL28 8AN / United Kingdom / Tel: 01841 532797 „
Our latest visit to Cornwall was for the Mika concert at the Eden Sessions but to make the long journey even more worthwhile we decided also to take in a couple of other things. One was to be a visit to the Lost Gardens of Helligan and the other was for a return visit to Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. We had so much enjoyed our last meal there that we just had to go again. However, unlike last time, when we were staying on the other side of the peninsular, this time we wanted to stay locally so we could "fully" enjoy the experience.
But where to stay?
Once again I consulted Tripadvisor and spotted there at No.3 in the list of reviews The Golden Lion, which had received almost universally high approval and had a good picture into the bargain. I booked with them at a very acceptable £70 including breakfast for the two of us.
The Golden Lion is basically a pub with rooms rather than a hotel. It's right in the centre of the town and although it is possible to drive a car up the very narrow street it isn't really possible to stop there nor does the pub have its own car park. By all means drive up to drop off luggage but it's no more than a five minute walk from the Harbour car park, opposite Rick Stein's, where a 12 to 24 hour ticket will cost you £6.50 at the time of writing.
From the harbour the Golden Lion is on the left at the top of Lanadwell Street and can be recognised by the dozens of flower baskets although in this it seems to be in competition with the London Inn further down the street on the right.
The Golden Lion is a typical old Cornish pub. Clearly hundreds of years old it is distinguished by the low entrance and internal ceilings. The entrance leads into what would have been the Public Bar once upon a time with the bar situated on the left. Behind the bar is what would have been the Lounge.
This caught us out when we stopped off in the bar on returning from the Seafood Restaurant for a nightcap. We ordered in the front bar but were disappointed by the mediocre selection of spirits although, with two of Sharp's real ales plus Timothy Taylor's Landlord on tap, there can be absolutely no complaints about the beer. Later we discovered that the better spirits, including a bottle of Laphroaig, seemed to be on the rear bar.
The bedrooms are all upstairs, reached from a door in the rear bar, up a steep flight of stairs. Access is not best suited for anyone disabled, nor is lugging a large case upstairs an easy exercise either. The rooms, however, couldn't be more attractive. Ours overlooked the street insofar as the very low sash windows permit. However, with such little traffic and sufficiently far from the harbour, noise did not prove to be a problem.
The room was of a decent size and the bed large and comfortable. The bathroom had a shower cabinet but no bath and the shower cabinet door did prove not to slide smoothly. We reported this to the owner but, as we only stayed one night we can't report whether anything was done about it.
Breakfast in the morning was the usual expected and included the Full English, if required, in the price. Perfectly enjoyable and nothing special to report.
We did enjoy our stay at the Golden Lion and would have no qualms about returning should the need arise.
N.B. Part of this review also posted on Tripadvisor UK.