We have been fortunate enough to receive some lovely reviews from members of the press and the public. We have also been included in several prestigious guide books.

Michelin Guide 2014

We are thrilled to have retained our Michelin star for a second year in the 2014 guide. Ever since I started cooking, I dreamt of holding a Michelin star, so it is amazing to be recognised in this way.

The Sunday Times List of Britain's Top 100 Restaurants 2012

We have been listed at number 50 in The Sunday Times' guide to Britain's top 100 restaurants. 

The National Restaurant Awards 2013

We are delighted to haved been voted number 35 of the top 100 restaurants in the country by Restaurant Magazine.

Good Food Guide 2014

We are honoured to have been awarded a cooking score of 7 in the Good Food Guide. We also made the list of top 50 restaurants in the UK.


Paul was interviewed by Glam.co.uk about his appearance in the South West heats on the 2012 BBC2 series Great British Menu. In the interview Paul talks about his influences, his restaurants and his favourite meal of all time. You can read the full interview here.

Jamie Magazine - Tom Kerridge

"This was a fantastic meal that captured all that is commendable about the restaurant scene in Britain at the moment: suppliers and chefs working hard together to showcase produce and give us something we should all be proud of."

The Critical Couple

"What a magical restaurant Number 6 is; as we consider the many great meals we have enjoyed this year, Number 6 easily makes it into the top 10, it was that good." Read the full review here.

Samphire and Salsify food blog 2013 10/10

"As you may be able to tell by now, we really enjoyed our lunch at No.6. We got to meet Paul briefly and he was a charming fellow who obviously has a lot of skill in the kitchen. Team that with his brilliant front of house – Alex the restaurant manager was one of the friendliest we’ve come across – and you’ve got yourself a really outstanding restaurant." Read the review here.

FamiliesOnline.co.uk - Neil Hennessy-Vass

"This calm, talented young chef who put his name above the door a few years ago has much be pleased with. He has surrounded himself with professional and charming front of house staff with knowledge of what they are serving so extensive it is beyond impressive. At times I felt I was in a parallel universe of culinary education. This is what I loved about this place, there is a passion and cognition so often missing or just hinted at in other high-end restaurants, but Number 6 delivers on all levels." Read the full review here.

The Trencherman's Guide

"Placed on Restaurant Magazine’s 'Top 100 Restaurants', this is a stylish and charming Georgian townhouse with a relaxed atmosphere, great service and stunning food. Chef patron Paul Ainsworth uses classical methods to create original, unpretentious dishes that will bring a smile to your face. Lunch is exceptional value and the private dining rooms make an occasion special."

Good Food Guide 2007/2008 

Awarded best restaurant in Cornwall.

Good Food Guide 2006 to 2011
6 out of 10

"Paul Ainsworth has been cooking at this pint sized restaurant - with rooms for six years, the last two as chef/patron, and has maintained a tenacious local following for his highly crafted regionally based cooking." 

Cornish Guardian - Lee Trewhela

"Quite simply Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 Restaurant in Padstow is the most outstanding dining experience I've had in Cornwall."

Sunday Telegraph, Stella Magazine - Zoe Williams

"Paul Ainsworth has oomph, and he has discernment. I had cod with cockles, chorizo and chickpea salad (£14), and this was absolutely lovely. Looking at a list like that, you’d wonder who was going to keep all those punchy ingredients in order, wouldn’t you? Well, the cod, essentially, which was subtle but characterful, and had the most beautiful texture." Read Zoe's full review here.

Square Meal 

Paul Ainsworth took over sole ownership of this restaurant housed in a small Georgian terraced house at the end of 2008 and has established himself as a class act in Stein-dominated Padstow. He is a chef with a fine pedigree (ex Pétrus ), his ambition and energy ooze from every pore of this savvy eatery. Inspiration comes from local supplies and the seasons. You get the feeling there will always be something new and appealing to eat here.