The Metropole in Padstow, Cornwall, United Kingdom | Hotel
The Metropole is an imposing Victorian building perched majestically on the crest of a gentle hill, overlooking the popular Cornish village of Padstow. In addition to being one of the county's prettiest fishing villages, Padstow is best-known for its seafood, which features, of course, on the Hotel's AA Rosetted menu.
The village harbour is a working one and it's always a pleasure to watch the fishing boats return home to unload their catch, much of which is available in the village. A picnic lunch purchased in Padstow can be a veritable feast!
In fact, Padstow has quite a maritime history and there are some quirky facts to discover in the local museum. A myriad of winding streets filled with an eclectic selection of shops and galleries will keep you browsing for hours.
Within 5 minutes of the Hotel you can be pottering round the village, on a bike to ride the Camel Trail to Wadebridge where once upon a time your could sell your wife for less than 2 shillings! Within 10 minutes you can be setting up your spot for the day on a wide expanse of sandy beach (there are several to choose from nearby). Alternatively you can jump into the Hotel's outdoor pool (open July/August) and just laze about in the gardens.