Paul Ainsworth at No. 6
“Defining contemporary cooking in a pint-sized townhouse” - AA Inspector
PADSTOW, CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY
Our Inspector's view
Padstow is undeniably a shining beacon on the UK’s gastronomic map, and Paul Ainsworth's townhouse restaurant, tucked down one of the narrow streets, just back from the harbour, has been a major player here since 2005. Paul has built a reputation for creating contemporary food focused on the regional produce that makes Cornwall such a culinary destination these days, while a healthy run of telly exposure via the BBC's The Great British Menu has certainly helped boost his public profile. The restaurant occupies a whitewashed Georgian townhouse split into three diminutive spaces on the ground floor and another upstairs, with the period charm of the spaces intact and bold artworks peppering the walls with visual entertainment. Ainsworth’s cooking, interpreted here by Chris McClurg, has always tended towards the creatively sharp end of the modern British spectrum, with technical pizzazz galore and eye-catching presentation. Prime materials of the finest and freshest to be found in Cornwall’s seasonal larder are helped along by global goodies in dishes that deliver muscular layers of flavour and texture. Local scallops are hard to ignore at the best of times, and here they might be served raw and matched with kohlrabi rice and finger lime, or go for another seafood opener that delivers super-fresh, beautifully cured sea bass with vibrant sand shrimp slaw and the umami hit of dried and smoked tuna flakes in katsuobushi mayonnaise. Next up, turbot might star in a robust main course showing off the best of Cornish waters, alongside silky mashed potato and onion gravy, while fillet of beef could get a classical treatment with mushroom persillade and sauce bordelaise. Ingenious desserts are equally hard to pass by – expect the likes of 75% chocolate ‘vol au vent’ with cep caramel, or the showpiece ‘Fairground Tale’, a true extravaganza built around a bitter chocolate soufflé.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 46
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday (excluding Bank holiday Sunday)
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 18
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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Discover Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
Cornwall has just about everything – wild moorland landscapes, glorious river valley scenery, picturesque villages and miles of breathtaking coastline. With more than 80 surfing spots, there are plenty of sporting enthusiasts who also make their way here to enjoy wave-surfing, kite surfing and blokarting.
In recent years, new or restored visitor attractions have attracted even more visitors to the region; the Eden Project is famous for its giant geodesic domes housing exotic plants from different parts of the globe, while nearby the Lost Gardens of Heligan has impressive kitchen gardens and a wildlife hide.
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