On arrival we were met by Louise who was very polite and helpful. The stunning view from our room as we walked in was fab. The food, staff were very friendly in the bar where we ate and the same for breakfast in the morning which also had the same stunning view. Overall good value for the cost would definatley recommend to friends and will return..
Another brilliant weekend stay at the Pickwick Inn. Outstanding location, beautiful rooms and first class food and drinks, all provided by the ever friendly Eddie, Jenny and staff. Perfect. Great location to explore the Trevose coastline and beaches plus easy access to the Camel Trail. Highly recommend a visit to Camel Valley Vineyard too. Don’t be tempted to travel to eat, the food at the Pickwick Inn is better than most local restaurants!
Spectacular views of the Camel Estuary and beyond, the rooms are beautifully presented and spotless. Bathrooms super contemporary with fantastic freestanding bath, enormous shower and his and her basins. Lovely selection of teas and hot drinks and homemade biscuits adding a personnel touch. Underfloor heating lovely and cosy on a winters day and beds huge and comfortable.Breakfast choice is excellent and the portion kept us going all day on long walks,the view from the restaurant is stunning. We had dinner at Olivers, again would highly recommend, pub traditional cosy for a night cap. Best value for money hotel in the area, much better than Stein.
Met at the Pickwick inn with friends recently and first impression was very good. Lovely old beamed bar, nice atmosphere and good selection of ales. We ate in the restaurant and we all agreed that the food and service was excellent. It was also nice that we were able to have our coffee in the sitting area in the bar afterwards. We will be back again.
One of the best Pubs around, Fantastic food and Great Guinness. The Landlord Eddie is a proper great old school landlord, You will be greeted with a warm welcome and friendly smile. Food is Great with one of the best Views in Cornwall from the restaurant. Our Waitress Lisa was attentive and could not do enough for us. Great service.
Called in for a meal early on Boxing night with a large family group 6 adults 3 under 8’s and 2 babies. The staff were so welcoming and attentive. The food amazing, a great menu choice and freshly cooked food. We ate in one of the nooks in the bar area where we could sit easily with the children. We were offered a table in the restaurant if required but decided we were happy where we were. Will definitely go back again and would highly recommend The Pickwick Inn. The service was first class and would highly commend the staff who served us the delicious food. Great choice for Children too.
The Dickens Connection
In October 1842 Charles Dickens visited Padstow, a trip which unleashed his creativity and resulted in the penning of his acclaimed novel ‘A Christmas Carol’, (inspired by Dicken’s visits to hungry city street children). It’s believed that the character of ‘Marley’s Ghost’ was based on his good friend Dr Miles Marley, a 19th Century practioner he met in London, who is buried at St Endellion Church, near Port Isaac.
Dr Miles Marley’s son, Dr Henry Frederick Marley, practised in Padstow for 51 years and died at his home in St Issey on 27th January 1908. This photograph depicts Dr Miles Marley’s daughters crossing the bridge at Little Petherick, St Issey (pre-1904).
Intrigued after a visit to The Pickwick, local historian Barry West decided to follow up this story and uncovered clues which supported the rumours, also discovering the grave of Dr Miles Marley. This story was subsequently covered by the BBC, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Daily Mirror.
The Dickens connection lives on through The Pickwick Inn. Proprietors Eddie and Jenny Stanton have been welcoming guests for nearly 40 years, their daughters Natalie & Jessica are partners and the family are now welcoming the fourth generation into the business!. General Manager and Executive Chef Sue Hammett has been heading up the team for over 30 years, her Daughter Louise and son-in-law Edward also help manage the place. Their endless pursuit for excellence has ensured this Cornish country pub, in the middle of nowhere, continues to entice people from far and wide to turn ‘off the beaten track’, and return to The Pickwick time and time again.
Our Amazing Staff
Eddie & Jenny Stanton - Proprietors
For nearly 40 years Eddie and Jenny have put their heart and souls into making The Pickwick a ‘go-to’ destination pub. Still very much hands-on, they are the ultimate hosts. Despite spending four decades welcoming their loyal customers, they refuse to sit still and are constantly looking to evolve the offering. In the last few years creating The Pickwick’s nine luxury bedrooms and 100-seater open-kitchen restaurant, as you do, in your sixties!
The Stanton Family are now welcoming the fourth generation into the business. It all began with Geoff & Joyce Stanton alongside son Eddie and his wife Jenny, followed by their daughters Natalie & Jessica who grew up at the pub and now the latest additions, Natalie’s son Oliver and Jessica’s baby, Bo Joyce
Executive Chef & General Manager
Sue-perwoman Sue has been heading up the team at The Pickwick for over 30 years. It's her culinary genius that's kept people travelling from far and wide to The Pickwick for so many years. As a farmer's wife, Sue creates hearty home-made favourites with exceptional talent for her famous desserts.
Assistant General Manager
With over 14 years experience in retail management and hospitality in the golfing industry, Ed is now pouring his passion into heading up the front of house team and providing a professional and personal service at The Pickwick. His love of fine food and drink fuelling his pursuit for perfection.
Lou has a wealth of experience in hospitality with over 20 years in the business, 10 of which have been at The Pickwick, the rest with Marriott Hotels and Stein's.
With a background in media and journalism, Natalie returned to the family business 10 years ago and brings her experience of marketing and storytelling to the table. With a passion for fine food and drink, she is also 'chief taster', a role which she embraces.
Front of House Manager
Sally has been welcoming guests at The Pickwick for over 6 years, her passion for fantastic service is coupled with her extensive knowledge of the food and drink industry. With a particular interest in local Gins, Sally is also a master of creating her own delicious organic house cocktails and cordials.
Senior Sous Chef
Chris, formerly found in the best pubs in Essex, brings a love of traditional pub food and a lot of laughter. He's been part of The Pickwick brigade for nearly 5 years and cherishes the hustle and bustle of a busy pub kitchen.
Eric is our veteran Chef with a lifetime of experience and passion for cooking. His background ranges from a host of top hotels to Stein's Deli in Padstow. His abilities are endless in the kitchen...and you have to try his home-made Marmalade!
Don't be fooled by Dean's laid-back surfer image, he's a secret kitchen ninja! With a wealth of experience, he's been a key member of the team at The Pickwick for over 10 years. As a regular winter traveller, Dean uses his experience to create interesting dishes and satisfy his love of food in The Pickwick kitchen.
James has been part of The Pickwick team for several years in several different guises. After displaying a passion for the kitchen, James is now an apprentice Commis Chef. Learning new skills both in the Pickwick kitchen and off-site at various culinary locations as part of his training. A young chef to watch!
Viv, who has lived in South Africa for a large part of her life and has a secret holiday getaway in Hawaii, is part of The Pickwick's fantastic housekeeping team, with an eye for detail and boundless energy, you'll struggle to find her without a duster in hand or a huge smile on her face!