Michelin star rated No. 6 started off as a family affair. Paul Ainsworth first arrived in Padstow in 2005 having been offered the opportunity to take up the position of Head Chef in the restaurant which had been newly acquired by fellow chef Chris Mapp’s father. A passion to create something special from the ground up gave Ainsworth the drive he needed to take No.6 from ‘just another restaurant’ in Rick Steins shadow to an empire, which now stands shoulder to shoulder with the greats.
Unlike many stories where two restaurant superpowers battle for stardom in the same, small area (Padstow only has a modest population of 3000, but a very, very busy tourist season), No.6 and the rest of Paul Ainsworth’s ventures have popped up and taken the world (particularly Cornwall) by storm, with is competitor’s blessings and admiration.
A £600,000 refurbishment of the already stunning Georgian townhouse, in 2017, propelled No.6 into a new realm of excellence. ‘Cici’s Bar’ was installed (named after Ainsworth’s daughter) for a welcoming addition to the 46-seat dining area. Today, No.6 holds one Michelin star, four AA rosettes and a 7/10 in the Good Food Guide.