Rick Stein is opening a new restaurant in Porthleven. After weeks of rumours, the lease was officially signed last week by Rick and business partner Jill to take over the already established Clay Quay restaurant.
Situated on the harbour side, the restaurant will continue to offer sharing plates of local and seasonal produce, all inspired by Rick Stein’s travels.
Opening in November, the family hope the restaurant will complement the already thriving foodie scene and continue the restaurant’s success since it opened earlier in the year.
Rick Stein commented: “We aren’t planning to make too many changes; we’ll be adding a few new dishes on the menu and the odd new painting – other than that we love the current concept. It’s a great restaurant in a beautiful fishing town.”
Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, added: “This is tremendous news, not just for Porthleven, but for Cornwall.
“Rick and the team have done an amazing job at transforming the reputation of our county’s restaurant offer over the last two decades and this has helped to create a cluster of world class establishments, placing Cornwall as the number one food-tourism destination in the UK. However, other destinations are after our crown so this investment will help us stay number one.”
Since Rick and Jill Stein opened The Seafood Restaurant in 1975, the Padstow-based business has grown to include five restaurants, accommodation, retail outlets, a cookery school, and most recently have announced plans to open a restaurant in Winchester.
Trevor Osborne, who with his family owns the restaurant as well as Porthleven Harbour, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Rick and Jill to Porthleven. Porthleven’s growing reputation for good food will be further enhanced.”