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Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

AA Notable Wine List 2016-17
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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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

Squirrelled away down Padstow's warren of narrow streets just back from the harbour, Paul Ainsworth's Georgian townhouse restaurant has been a fixture on the foodie map for over a decade. His restaurant empire may not extend quite as far as Padstow’s most illustrious TV chef, but he has spread his wings to encompass a second address down the road called Rojano's in the Square, and if a stopover is on the cards, there are also six classy suites in a boutique townhouse nearby. Of course, the telly appearances on the BBC's The Great British Menu have done the Ainsworth brand no harm, spreading the word to armchair gastronomes across the country that this is the place to head for exciting contemporary food driven by the superb regional produce that makes Cornwall such a culinary destination these days. The restaurant’s modest frontage opens to reveal snug-but-light dining spaces spread over two floors, their intact 18th-century charm overlaid with a sleek contemporary look, and jazzed up by eye-catching decorative touches including a stunning piece from sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge. Clued-up staff are at hand to flesh out the details of the tersely worded menus. John Walton's kitchen delivers impressive renditions of well-thought-through modern dishes, put together with flashes of experimentation but with a firm bedrock of finely honed classical technique holding it all together and a strong supporting foundation of premium Cornish ingredients. Given the marine location, Porthilly oysters are hard to ignore, especially here, where they turn up crisp-fried and matched with cured pork, green apple and fennel, or go for another seafood opener that delivers raw scallops with kimchi-style cabbage and the pungent kick of Gentleman’s Relish. Next up, local Saddleback pork might star in a Cornish take on Bath chaps, together with Jerusalem artichokes, black truffle, and tangy Bramley apple gravy – a main course that bursts with full-on flavour. Otherwise, two willing accomplices might tackle a classic rib of beef served with Caesar salad, pommes Anna and timur sauce. Fish is as fresh as you’d hope for in a place where the local day boats land their catch a stone’s throw away – perhaps opalescent cod, timed to the second, and ably supported by local crab in mayonnaise, alongside the subtle seafood notes of oyster leaf. Desserts are certainly not to be skipped, perhaps harking back to the nursery comforts of trifle, although here it’s a cleverly updated rhubarb and saffron version, and the signature bread-and-butter pudding, as well as offering a richly creamy ewe’s milk cheesecake with bitter cocoa sorbet, while cheese – perhaps a mature Barkham Blue – comes with the contrasting zing of apple pie. If it’s top value that you’re after, look no further than the set lunch menu.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 24 to 26 December, 19 January to 12 February
  • 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

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 from30
  • Dessert from11
  • Credit cards accepted

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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