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Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Defining contemporary cooking in a pint-sized townhouse

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

Paul Ainsworth's is only the most recent Padstow career to have gone into orbit as a result of TV appearances and a growing presence in tourist Cornwall's favourite little town. If the swirling crowds can all get a bit much, his original venue (since joined by Rojano's and six suites in a nearby townhouse) remains a civilised sanctuary. Buried amid the narrow streets off the harbour front, it occupies a Georgian townhouse, with sleek contemporary dining spaces spread over two floors and eye-catching decorative touches including a stunning piece from sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge. Clued-up staff run the show. John Walton's kitchen produces impressive renditions of carefully conceived modern dishes, often given to formal experimentation but with a strong supporting foundation of premium Cornish ingredients, with tongue-in-cheek appropriations from the world of haute cuisine. Fallow deer comes with a trio of cabbages, a little pig trotter sauce and a serving of 'pâté en waffle' for a main course that bursts with native wit as well as flavour. The opalescent cod, timed to the second, is ably served by local crab in mayonnaise, alongside the earthy texture of kohlrabi and a seasoning of fenugreek. Prior to those, there may be a reworked quiche lorraine made with smoked haddock, or a daring serving of sashimi scallop with kimchi and umami-drenched anchovy paste. Vegetarians may begin with a tangle of tagliatelle turnip with smoked Portobellos, proceeding to a botanical textbook main course of roots, alliums, tubers, brassicas and fungi. Desserts hark back to the golden days of trifle, albeit with rhubarb and saffron, and bread-and-butter pudding, as well as offering a tiramisù and chocolate tart fix with yogurt sorbet, while cheese - perhaps a mature Barkham Blue - comes in the Lancashire fashion with an Eccles cake and port.

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Opening hours

  • Closed:: 24–26 December, 19 January to 12 February
  • Days closed:: Sunday to Monday (excluding Bank holiday Sunday)
  • Lunch served from:: 12
  • until : 2.30
  • Dinner served from:: 6
  • until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Paul Ainsworth, John Walton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style:: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30:: 8
  • Wines over £30:: 43
  • Wines by the glass:: 14

Price guide

  • Starter from £: 13
  • Main course from £: 30
  • Dessert from £: 11
  • Credit cards accepted

Children

  • Children welcome

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair:: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats:: 46
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 8
  • Off-site parking available:: Harbour car park and on street

Additional information

  • Seats:: 46
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 8

Getting here

A30 follow signs for Wadebridge then sign to Padstow

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Newquay, Bodmin Parkway
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