Paul Ainsworth at No. 6
“Flagship restaurant in a Georgian townhouse” - AA Inspector
PADSTOW, CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY
Our Inspector's View
In the centre of this famed foodie town is the flagship of Paul Ainsworth's Cornish flotilla, an imaginatively and elegantly converted Georgian townhouse with three little dining rooms on the ground floor and another upstairs. Striking modern artworks, including a Beth Kerridge sculpture, lend distinction to the spaces, and long-serving staff do their bit to bring a sense of occasion to it all. Many of Ainsworth's dishes, which he tweaks according to season, reflect his researches into British culinary heritage, albeit via impeccably modern techniques. Making a transcendent opening is pig's head fritter, a sumptuous crumbed parcel of brawn and capers, served alongside textured Cox's apple, sweetly roasted onion and a cut of subtly smoked eel. Equally inspirational is Jacob's ragu alla bolognese with seaweed butter and 36-month parmesan. Fish of the day from local waters could well be monkfish roasted on its bone in korma spices, ably supported by the regular accompaniments of white crabmeat on leeks royale with a sliver of crisped fish skin. Another possibility is a chicken version of tournedos Rossini, served in roasting juices with steamed king cabbage. Yet again, you might fancy Bodmin Moor-raised hogget, with red garlic ketchup, sweetbreads and celeriac fricassée. Sheer indulgence characterises a dessert of chocolate mousse and pistachio sponge with warm caramel sauce poured on at the table. If you skip the petits fours you'll miss a little almond cake known as a financier, so moreish it would be easy to consume a dozen of the beauties. The ever-evolving wine list offers the chance to try something from Cornwall's Camel Valley, in addition to a well-represented Europe and then beyond, one way to Canada, the other to New Zealand. Upstairs is Cici's Bar, named after Paul's daughter; there's also been talk of some judicious space remodelling to create a cooking school.
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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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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