May 28, 2010 - 16:17
Rock is a popular destination for tourists and holidaymakers. The principal attractions are the extensive sandy beach that, at low tide, extends past Brea Hill to Daymer Bay and St Enodoc's Church, along with many watersports. The Camel Estuary lends itself well to windsurfing, sailing, boating and fishing. There is a well-known sailing Club on the waterfront. There is also an annual swimming race across the Camel. The Blacktor Ferry operates across the river to the larger town of Padstow, and this is a major source of tourist traffic through Rock. The early 21st century has seen extensive building work and increased prosperity for Rock, there a large number of holiday homes, as well as a number of retail outlets. Rock is also home to Sharps Brewery, an independent Real Ale Brewery established in the mid 1990s. Rock has been referred to as 'Britain's Saint-Tropez' and the 'Kensington of Cornwall' due to its popularity with the very affluent and upper-class holiday-makers, including the third in the line of succession to the British Throne, Prince Harry and what the Daily Telegraph calls 'Hoorays'. Popular names such as Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan, the Rothschilds, the Sainsburys, the Freuds, and the the Al Fayeds, holidayed here. Affluent holidaymakers, including Mohammed Al Fayed and Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, have made use of the nearby helipad. It is now home to some fancy boutiques and upscale restaurants including one, the Black Pig, which has previously held a Michelin star.