Review on Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 Restaurant
It was high noon in Padstow when a brigade of young guns from Pétrus and other hot London venues rode into 'Padstein' and pitched camped right on Rick's doorstep.
Chef Paul Ainsworth is currently leading the charge, with the help from Head Chef John Walton who started his career with Rick Stein at The Seafood Restaurant, before moving to London and working at Petrus. The premises (a Georgian house that was once home to the No 6 Café) have been revamped, and the dining room has been decorated in vibrant style with a chequerboard floor, modern art and cool contemporary colours.
On the menu, you can expect old-fashioned braised dishes and daubes, complex contemporary assemblages a strong emphasis on seafood from the local boats: ceviche of swordfish with fried oysters, sweet chilli and 'foraged' wild herbs turns up alongside Dorset Blue lobster and new potato salad with marinated tomatoes, green beans and woodland sorrel, while baked line-caught sea bass might be accompanied by shellfish, pesto and macaroni chowder.
Glazed belly and cheek of Wiltshire pork is served with baby squid, chorizo, Feta, chervil and sweet-and-sour tomato, and desserts could include a novel take on 'strawberries and cream' involving a fruity compote, star anise and five-spice sponge. The catholic selection of fine modern wines offers an excellent choice, whether you are looking for a Gallic aristocrat or a New World firebrand.
Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 Restaurant is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Paul Ainsworth and John Walton
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card