Sue Kittow takes a relaxing break in a beautiful and iconic Cornish port: read her review of dog friendly Metropole Hotel Padstow, a venue with the finest food and dreamy views
The rain clouds dispersed and the sun arrived as we found signs to the dog friendly Metropole Hotel Padstow.
Parking was plentiful and inside the hotel our party – which included MollieDog – was given an enthusiastic welcome.
Pet owners are able to eat in Brasserie @ The Met with their dogs
Our bags were taken to our ground floor room overlooking the lawn (the hotel also offers majestic views across the water and a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool), with an outside door ideal for dog owners.
On my bed there was a welcome pack for Moll consisting of treats including a little dog blanket, chews and a very sensible mat on which to place her feeding bowls: very thoughtful and practical.
There was also a Dog Charter including house rules (including no dogs on the furniture) and a list of dog friendly beaches and attractions nearby.
Cheered by such a good welcome, we went upstairs to Brasserie @ The Met, overlooking the estuary, for complimentary coffee and delicious home made biscuits.
Suitably refreshed, we headed off down the Camel Trail in the evening sunlight for a beautiful walk as the tide flowed and the gulls cried overhead.
Pet owners are able to eat in Brasserie @ The Met, with their dogs, rather than in the more formal dining room – and dinner there was a real treat.
The head chef was awarded his second AA Rosette in October 2016 and uses local produce, including local ale and wines.
It was difficult to choose from the varied menu, but I opted for fresh asparagus to start with, while my companion, Deb, had a deliciously subtle blend of dressed crab, chilli and grapefruit. I then had fillet of beef which was exquisitely tender and tasty, and Deb had stone bass, both beautifully presented and served with a selection of fresh local vegetables.
We wandered round Padstow later, which was the calm before the storm…of the crowds arriving for Obby Oss, a folk custom that takes place each May Day in Padstow: it was a treat to explore the little town before too many other visitors arrived there.
After a good night’s sleep, and a scamper across the lawn for MollieDog, we returned to the Brasserie for a selection of fresh fruit and yogurt and the best cooked breakfast I’ve had for a long time. The staff were all incredibly welcoming, friendly and informative, to us and to Moll, who had bowls of water and cuddles delivered by a variety of dog-loving staff.
Full of good food, we headed off to St Nectan’s Glen, near Tintagel, to do a walk for my next book, Walks in the Footsteps of Daphne du Maurier. But before we left the hotel, I enquired about any special offers, for I couldn’t recommend a hotel more.
This hotel really does tick all the boxes. So next time you’d like to spoil yourself – or your four-legged family member – head-off for the dog friendly Metropole Hotel Padstow!
How to get to dog friendly Metropole Hotel Padstow without flying:
From Truro, take the A39, then A30 heading east, then take the Wadebridge turning on the A39.
Follow the signs to Padstow, and then turn left onto the B3276. As you come down the hill into Padstow, clear signs to the hotel are on the bend, the hotel round the corner.
Words: Sue Kittow for Feet on the Ground
Pictures: Metropole Hotel