Paul Ainsworth No 6 - Padstow Restaurant
During our last holiday in Cornwall we booked into one of the many restaurants in Padstow, Paul Ainsworth No 6. It was one of the restaurants I wanted to visit last year but didn’t have time, this year it was one of the things I was looking forward to the most.
If you do plan to go it’s well worth booking early as tables do get booked up, I do believe I booked a couple of months before just to be sure.
The restaurant itself is in what looks like a house with tables spread out both downstairs and upstairs, with the tables having plenty of space between them.
I really liked the atmosphere, even though it is ran by a Michelin star chef such as Paul Ainsworth it felt relax and was very comfortable.
One arrival we were welcomed at the door and shown to our seats, as I had tweeted previously on how excited I was we were given a glass of champagne which was very nice of them
Whats Paul Ainsworth No 6 Location Like?
Padstow is fairly small so most of the restaurants are in a good location really, it’s only about a 3 minute walk from the harbour where you can find a few pubs to get a drink as well as being pretty close to the car parks.
We drove into Padstow and parked up for the night which for 4 hours was just over £4 I believe, if you are however staying at one of the hotels in Padstow then as I said before it’s easily walking distance.
One of the reasons why I love Padstow is once you have had a nice meal, you are only a few minutes from the harbour so you can have a nice leisurely stroll around the harbour.
What Did I have To Eat At Paul Ainsworth NO 6?
There are 5 options for a starter, main and dessert. Some may feel that this is limited but I do believe it’s best to focus on a few dishes and execute them perfectly than have to many and they taste average and believe me here it is well above average!
With it being situated right on the harbour the menu has a good selection of fish/seafood, however if this is not your thing then there are other options such as liver, beef and duck.
I have included Rach’s starter below as well, we had the same main and shared a dessert.
* 2020 update - I have been a total of 3 times now, the images below are a combination of images from different times
Mart's Starter - Bird's Liver Parfait (£14)
I love liver and was actually very surprised how it came, it was incredibly smooth and had an amazing flavour. The liver came with piccalilli and sourdough bread with some garnish, I would recommend it as think it was the best liver I have had so far.
Rach's Starter - Smoked Haddock (£12)
I was tempted by this starter but as Rach ordered it and I was having Fish for my main, I went for the liver. Not a bad thing as it meant I had another starter to take a photo of 🙂
The haddock came with a tasty quiche lorraine which goes well with fish as well as a poached quails egg. This was then topped with foam and some garnish, it looked incredible!
Main - Fish of the Day (£42)
The fish of the day was Turbot which is a fish I have never had before but thought it’s the best time to give it a go. The fish itself tasted very nice and as you can imagine was very fresh, since it was fished that same day!
The fish came with a nice mixture of Padstow crab, bisque sauce, ramsons and leeks. This tasted incredible and really added a little extra to the dish.
2 of the people on our table had the Rib of Beef which was actually brought out to them when it was not cooked to show them the meat and explain how it had been aged for 40 days, it looked incredible. The dish came with caesar salad, pommes anna and a tasty looking sauce.
Dessert - Fairground Tale (£24PP)
This was a take on the dessert that Paul Ainsworth served on the Great British Menu, I therefore had to give it a go! It had changed somewhat and improved on and everything we did have tasted amazing!
I cannot fully remember everything that was on it but it was typically what you would find at a fairground such as doughnut, chocolate and a tasty moose. This dessert tasted incredible and I loved the theatrical of it and would really recommend it to everyone that would give it ago.
What Was The Service Like?
At a place like Paul Ainsworth No 6 you would expect great service and they really didn’t fail to deliver, it was excellent. From the moment we walked in they welcomed us warmly and quickly showed us to our table and provided us with the menus.
They were all very friendly and accommodating, they often came to check up on us and make sure that we had everything we needed. One thing I really did like was the fact that we were not rushed and never felt rushed, as I said it was a great relaxing experience.
Final Foodie Thought On Paul Ainsworth NO 6
really couldn’t recommend this restaurant anymore, it was incredible. Like Sat Bains this type of food is on a completely different level and you can really see how Paul got his Michelin star. I don’t think they do them but I do think it would be amazing to be able to try a tasting menu, if I am wrong then I do apologise as it is possible they have tasting nights on specific dates. I think a tasting menu would be incredible as you would be able to try so many different dishes.
Again the food tasted incredible and the service was second to none, if you are in Padstow or around that area then I certainly would recommend a visit!
Where To Find Paul Ainsworth NO 6
Address: 6 Middle St, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8AP
Phone: 01841 532093
If you have been or planning on going please comment below!
Hi, my name is Martyn and I consider myself an Amateur Chef. I love everything about food and this was the main reason I started this blog, to showcase that passion. I started this blog in 2014 with an aim to showcase tasty recipes, restuarant reviews and useful cooking tips and tricks.
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