Harden's survey result
“Outstanding… that is all!”. Paul Ainsworth’s intimate and illustrious ten-year-old is nowadays the most-mentioned operation in town, far eclipsing Rick Stein’s nearby Seafood Restaurant in terms of the excitement it generates. “The kitchen can be seen from the tables, and is a dream to watch”, with “Paul himself almost invariably present”. The cuisine is as you might hope for – “technically accomplished, with quality materials, some inventiveness, and carefully prepared to preserve flavours”. “However, it’s the attention to detail, and the overwhelming passion for the place from its staff” that seals the experience for some diners: “nothing was too much trouble”.
“We have been visiting this restaurant since Paul took over around ten years ago and it’s now difficult to find words for how wonderful the experience is” – such is the typical view we have published year in, year out on Paul Ainsworth’s “small”, “intimate” and “atmospheric” townhouse, which often beats more famous names locally in our diner survey. This year, however, it inspired an unusual amount of flak for “pushing it” with “sky high prices” and portion sizes that are “a joke” (although even some such critics acknowledge that the “set lunch is a bargain”).
“WOW!” “The new-look No. 6 is better than ever. What an achievement!” Paul Ainsworth’s tiny townhouse has “kept all the bits which were already fantastic” while undergoing an “urban-chic makeover” (and “adding a bar upstairs to make your pre-dinner drinks so much more comfortable”); and the “amazing” cooking, especially of fish, makes it “the very best choice for a foodie in Padstow” (despite all the local competition).
“Easily the best fine-dining restaurant in Padstow” – and some would say even better than Nathan Outlaw down the coast in Port Isaac – Paul Ainsworth’s tiny old townhouse “makes you feel special” and delivers “a short menu” of “absolutely superb” cuisine – “tried and tested dishes sit alongside new and interesting offerings and the attention to detail is phenomenal”. Top Menu Tip – “the bread ’n’ butter pudding has star quality”.
Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 Restaurant Diner Reviews
"This is a restaurant in the centre of Padstow, it is a superb venue, it’s decor is very sympathetically done to enhance the experience. Our waitress was very attentive but not intrusive. The menu is well balanced and gave me a lot of choices. My starter was a raw sea bass, presented in a beautiful plate and the flavour combinations were exquisite. We shared the beef main. This dish was the best beef I have eaten, the meat was extraordinarily tender, you hardly needed a knife, and the flavour was equally perfect. The carrot was delicious and the potato “noodle” extraordinary. Dessert was Paul’s signature dish, it’s a fun fair experience over three courses:- 1. A coconut soufflé with a cold “custard” 2. A “choc ice” with a honeycomb treat 3. Doughnuts like you have never tasted before! There is nothing I can find to criticise in this exceptional gastronomic experience."
|Wine per bottle||£35.00|
6 Middle St, Padstow, PL28 8AP
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|