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."
"We managed to get a few local strings pulled to get a booking at short notice, but were obliged to accept a table in an alcove slightly away from the main dining room, which had the disadvantage of being cut off from any atmosphere there might have been in the restaurant, but the advantage of a very good view of the kitchen and all the culinary activity. Before expressing any opinion on the food, we have to say that the staff did not come across well. With one exception they were anything but natural and seemed to be trained to follow a script, thus exhibiting no personality and no ability to interact with the diners. On top of this the extremely reasonably priced selections of wines by the glass that we chose were brought to the table, plonked in front of us without a word and certainly never a bottle to be seen, and in addition a couple of the wines were served in inappropriate glasses, for example a Pinot gris in a Chardonnay glass. On the positive side, there were spoons on the table which served well for finishing off sauces. The meal started off well with a delightful Porthilly oyster fritter and its smoked roe and seaweed sauce followed by a quite large first course of scallops in fines herbes with seaweed, a lovely ‘two roe’ beurre blanc and a tasty Yukon gold potato crisp. The only question we had about this dish was: does nobody worry about food miles any more? The scallops were from the Orkneys, the restaurant is in Cornwall! We chose different mains - my wife had a generous portion of decent chicken Rossini with excellent roasting juices and a good brioche, while I went for local hogget pudding, which was disappointing, largely because although the lamb itself was very good and the sweetbread fricassée brilliant, the whole thing was let down by the undercooked, claggy suet covering on the meat, and again there was possibly too much on the plate, certainly sufficient to prevent us making any real inroads into the massive broccoli and truffle sides. After a brief pause we decided we would have a dessert, a chocolate ‘turnover’ matched well by a nice ginger yogurt sorbet and brandy plums. To finish off we decided that, because of the portion sizes and the puzzling price, we would share one plate of petit fours. All in all this was the most traditional and the least impressive Michelin star meal of our three day trip to the West Country."
|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|