Cornwall LivingIssue #76
Golf and grazing at Greens
We learn more about the Greens of Padstow story.
Greens of Padstow is an independent family business that combines the fun of mini golf with delicious food in the restaurant-style café. Located in a stunning position overlooking the Camel Estuary, and just outside the main hubbub of town, Greens offers a tranquil spot to enjoy some food or get competitive with a game
“people can come and relax, reflect and take some time to catch up”
Owners Sharon and Ian Whittock tell us a bit more about what drew them to this area of Cornwall. Sharon explains: “We spent many holidays here with our boys, and playing mini golf with them was definitely a highlight – we were actually here on holiday when we spotted it for sale!” Ian continues: “The intention when we purchased Greens eleven years ago was to create an atmosphere where people can come and relax, reflect and take some time to catch up.” The food is a reflection of the couple’s own taste and features fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Ian tells us: “We don’t aspire to offer haute cuisine, Padstow is very well catered for in that respect. The mission we set our chef, Andrew Snell, was to offer classic meals based on high quality ingredients, and the feedback we get suggests our customers really enjoy their dining experience.”
The café is beautifully decorated with deep blue tiles and industrial looking lights that give the space a trendy feel however, the real show stopper is the 180 degree view that you can admire from every table.
Ian continues: “We wanted to create a place where families can come and create great memories. The mini golf is key to this, it’s an inter-generational game which is perfect for families and we’ve designed the course to generate lots of laughs!” It’s also been thoughtfully landscaped so that it’s an interesting place to walk through and includes beautiful sculptures from local artists: Reece Ingram, Peter Graham and Tim-Stocking-Baker. Here at Cornwall Living we’re certainly looking forward to enjoying a game of golf this summer and, having already put the food to the test in last issue’s ‘Tried and tasted’ food review, we can tell you it passed with flying colours!
"people can come and relax, reflect and take some time to catch up"