Located quayside with stunning views of Padstow harbour, The Basement is a restaurant focused on quality and community. Wherever possible we source locally, and our friendly team are not only able to provide you with fantastic service, but also priceless local knowledge on the best post-coffee beach walks and sunset spots. Proudly dog-friendly during the day, we’re the perfect Sunday lunch stop after a stroll along the estuary or enjoy a glass of warming red overlooking the water in our alfresco dining area. We do not allow dogs in the evenings.
To us, it’s simple. Locally sourced produce, prepared by enthusiastic chefs doing something they love. We use Cornish suppliers wherever possible and encourage our kitchen team to let their creativity run through their dishes. Our aim is to provide you with a relaxed and memorable dining experience that lingers in the mind as well as the taste buds!
All meals are created from scratch on the premises, daily. This means you’ll only ever be tucking into fresh, seasonal produce prepared by our likeminded chefs.
From local farmers turning up with a sack of veggies to freshly caught fish landing on our doorstep from the fishermen of Padstow, it doesn’t get more local or fresh than The Basement’s carefully tailored menu. Whilst also drawing inspiration and influence from all over the world, we essentially produce stunning British food cooked to the highest culinary standard, presented pristinely with a perfect balance of flavour and simplicity.
It’s hard to imagine that our quayside restaurant used to house the ropes, canvas, fishing nets (and occasional contraband item!) of the sail loft above. In the 19th century these store rooms were nothing but damp caverns, smelling of tar and sea water that, at times of high tides, swirled around your feet! The neighbouring Candle House provided light for the people of Padstow, both on land and at sea, and The Drang’s cobbled streets still echo with the lives of those that lived and worked here.
In 2001, current owner David Flide, was travelling in Australia when he received a call informing him the lease was available. Just a year later, the doors of The Basement opened for the first time. As time passed, Dave’s partner Emma-Kate became an integral part of the business and together they grew the restaurant into what it is today – an eatery driven by a shared passion for locally-sourced, deliciously fresh produce cooked to exceptional standards, served by a friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team.