Rick Stein’s Cornwall returns to telly with new series

The new series of Rick Stein’s Cornwall has returned to BBC Two.

After the huge success of series one in January 2021, Rick Stein is once again taking viewers on a rich journey of discovery around his adopted home county of Cornwall.

In a half-hour episode, series two of the show aired last night (January 3) and began with Rick taking a trip down memory lane in Padstow, where his life as a restaurateur began over 50 years ago.

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The TV chef told tales of The Seafood Restaurant that sits on the harbour today, it’s origins as a nightclub called The Purple Tiger, fighting fisherman and being knocked out by a jouster. Going from disco owner to chef kickstarted his passion for fresh fish from the quay in Padstow.

Plus, Rick reminisced about the good old days filming with Keith Floyd.

The world-renowned Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, which is part of the Rick Stein company
(Image: Google Maps)

Rick’s first drive of the series was up the coast to Bude where he took a bracing dip in the sea pool overlooking Summerleaze Beach. Next stop was the nearby museum to learn about Sir Goldsworthy Gurney – a Cornish inventor who dreamt up the The Gurney Stove radiator.

From one end of the county to the other, in Sennen, near Land’s End, the episode saw Stein meet with local fisherman Ben George to catch some pollock. They had to contend with some seriously choppy water to get one mile off shore to Ben’s fishing ground – not for the fainthearted.

From his fishing trip, Rick headed to Tresillian House, near Newquay, and cooked the fresh fish in a comforting favourite saying “there is no better fish dish in the world than British fish pie with boiled eggs and parsley”. The pie got a firm stamp of approval from the wonderful Head Gardener at Tresillian, John Harris – a star you will remember from series 1.

If you missed the first episode or want to catch up on series one, all episodes are available to watch now on iPlayer.

The series will air its second episode tonight at 6.30pm, as Rick travels to St Ives to meet artist Alfred Wallis and, in the shadow of Bodmin Moor, visits a very rare collection of medieval stained-glass windows in the church of St Neot.

Series 2 of Rick Stein’s Cornwall will air over 15 episodes on BBC Two in January 2022.

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