Football

This season Where's The Tea Hut reached a notable landmark.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Padstow United


Padstow is an extremely popular tourist trap on the North Cornwall coast.

It's hammered.

Pubs and food outlets don't need to try very hard to snare the passing trade here.

Rick Stein seems to own three quarters of the surrounding area with gift shops, delicatessens, restaurants, a pub, hotels and even a mega expensive chippy. Some of the locals have taken to renaming the place 'Padstein'. 

There always seems a willing queue of visitors eagerly waiting to pay well over the odds down the busy streets surrounding the harbour and quayside. Rick has started a trend that has witnessed countless lesser known pretenders staking a claim for some of the tourist related income. There's big money to be made.

20 years ago Padstow was a charming charismatic place with a great atmosphere, now you're just swamped by the gross commercialism and cheesy claustrophobic crowds slogging around the hard sell gift outlets and the ridiculously priced eateries. 



2 hours on my parking ticket gave me far more time than I needed, something I'd never have said when I often came here years ago.



What better reason to escape the mass marketing and dried up pasties than getting some fresh air just outside the town at nearby Jury Park the home of Padstow United. Cornwall football by the coast, what could be better.



The Green Army (as Padstow market themselves at the ground) play in Division 1 of the East Cornwall League. Not to be confused with the slightly larger Green Army over at Home Park, Plymouth Argyle.




Jury Park is an open plan ground with some nice views over the fields but to be honest not a lot else. 


There are changing rooms, dug outs and what could even be a tea hut but you won't find any stands at the location.



Still makes a welcome break from the tourist packed streets around Padstow Harbour though. I know where I'd sooner spend a quiet afternoon. 

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