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Guests are put centre stage and are treated to a real experience at this restaurant set in a delightful Georgian townhouse. Paul Ainsworth has develope...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
European, British, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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We visited No 6 for our 20th Wedding Anniversary. On arrival we were welcomed by every staff member we saw. On our table was a lovely card wishing us a happy anniversary from Paul and his family. Our menus were personalised and had the date...of the visit which was a nice touch. The food as you would expect was amazing and service was impeccable. It was a lovely touch to have some of the courses served to us by the head chef and team. At the end of the meal we were given a gift bag which had cookies and some tea which was a lovely touch but what I liked most was the QR code for the play list on Spotify which we could download. I thought this was a great touch which I have never had before when visiting a Michelin starred restaurant which I do often. But the cream of the crop was receiving an email from the restaurant thanking us for our visit and hoping we had a great day in Bodmin and watching the football the next day. Half the time when talking to staff they listen but don’t truly take an interest To have such a personalised email just made us feel special. To fishing off I then got a call from the customer experience team advising me that I had left my glasses behind. The fact that they didn’t wait for me to enquire was excellent. They then arranged to get them back to me. Truly excellent customer service. Definitely worth a visitMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Taken as a treat by my son this was an unforgettable dining experience. Each course was executed to perfection, the staff are so knowledgable, welcoming and friendly. Every dish was explained with intricate detail. The food was exquisite. We couldn’t manage the last course and...were offered if we would like to take it home, in what is the best “doggy bag” I’ve seen. The surroundings and ambience is spot on. Our names on the menus is a lovely touch. We thank each and every one of the team for a dining experience we will not forget.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just a great experience . Food was amazing … successive courses were pitch perfect … service was faultless . Loved the music and ambience which gave a nice vibe . Left smiling .

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love No.6 and in fact the entire Ainsworth stable. Our son gifted us a meal at Christmas by means of a voucher. It was a thing of beauty itself. I knew from previous experiences that we were in for a treat but my goodness,...it really is out of this world! If you've never been then if you go expecting the best food, the best service, a wonderful ambience and the finest attention to detail, you won't go far wrong (you will experience so much more but set the yardstick there). Our table was one of the ones near to the kitchen with a high backed corner sofa - the perfect place to sit and while away the hours. Menus were printed with our names and we set off on our voyage. The set meal is the same for lunch/dinner and had just changed as No6 staff came back from their R&R. Crabsticks & Scones - devine. A fresh piece of crab which was tempured in the most fragile and delicate of batters. Served with a cheesy light and fluffy scone with hand churned butter. Morel (me) - wow! Delicate but punchy with the most amazing tomato ketchup. Land & River (him) - the stand out if there can be one. 'He' said it is quite simply the best dish he has ever eaten. A soft smoked flavour through the pretty beetroot. If you follow No.6 on Insta, have a look at how they make this. Then imagine how amazing it tastes. Wild Red Prawn (me) - the juiciest sweet prawn with an almost-hollandaise with attitude. Exquisite. Wild Turbot (him) - in the subtlest of Camel Valley sauces. King of the sea indeed. Scarpetta - when you don't think you can possibly sink to new lows, you get this to mop everything up. Oh my goodness. It's really naughty. Fillet of Moorland Beef - we are lucky enough to have Philip Warren as our butcher and rarely eat steak anywhere when out as there is nothing quite like it. No6 even made Philip Warren's beef go off the scale. The carrot was incredible. Yesterday's Scone - a dense dark sherry which you sample and then pour over this cleanser. Needless to say as non sherry drinkers we have ordered some for home. I have never tasted anything like it. Genius way to use up the crumbs, worthy of a star all on its own. Yorkshire Rhubarb - I dislike rhubarb so wasn't looking forward to this but it was with blood orange and the roasted vanilla and madeleines meant it was taken to the very best a rhubarb could be. I am now converted. I guess I've never really had it done well. This was done brilliantly. Our Apple Pie - incredible apple pie (tarte tatin style) with two complimentary cheeses. Yum. I have no idea how we ate what we did but I guess the glass of Pouilly Fume helped. If you are able to go to No6. You absolutely must. Quite simply the most fantastic afternoon - the best part of two and a bit hours of sheer perfection. You also get a goody bag - the cookies are to die for!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024 via mobile

To put into words this dining experience is almost impossible. We have dined in one, two and three Michelin Star restaurants and No.6 surpassed them all on all accounts. The welcome at this very cosy “house” that looked just perfect at Christmas time was genuine...and heartfelt. We started our amazing evening with cocktails and champagne in the upstairs bar having booked a table in advance. There is a tapas menu and some people had just come for that and drinks. We were then taken to our downstairs table and were fortunate enough to have one that looked into the kitchen where all the magic was happening. There was only one word to describe the waiter that looked after us most of the evening - perfect. We had chosen the wine flight and glad we did - amazing. The food was just so inventive and beautifully cooked and plated. Without doubt the best meal we have had. And as we left we were given a small gift bag - what a lovely touch. This is a restaurant of the highest quality and we can’t wait to return.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 7 January 2024 via mobile

We had a brilliant meal and indeed experience here just before Christmas. The quality of the cooking has definitely gone up a level or two since we last ate here. This feels like close to 2 star Michelin standard if not already at that level....The attention to detail in the presentation is superb but so are the flavours of the dishes. I loved my pigeon main course but equally was very envious of my wife’s cod dish. We also really appreciated the opportunity to choose at least a couple of courses and not just be confronted with a no-choice tasting menu. The service was also exceptional, chatty but not over-familiar and the personalised menus are a great touch. It is a small and intimate place and I think they have got the balance of ambiance, service and food pretty much spot on. We will be back in 2024 without a doubt.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2024 via mobile

My wife and I have been to No6 quite a few times and it's always a special treat on our visits to Padstow. This time we enjoyed a wonderful New Years Eve at the restaurant and the staff and food were as amazing as ever....Highly recommend...More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

Our 7th time at No. 6. over many years. A thoroughly wonderful time had by all. I cheekily requested a certain seat and low and behold we were placed at the table I wanted, thank you!. Beautiful and sublime food, atmosphere fantastic. Chef (Chris McClurg)...gave us a big smile and could see our excitement and anticipation. The team very informative and helped my guest have something instead of scallops which came out as turbot. So kind and accommodating (a special thank you, to them). Wines were reasonably priced and we found went down a treat. It was worth every penny and couldn't be faulted. No.6 and Core are my favourites and consistently so.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 December 2023 via mobile

Having eaten at several Michelin restaurants over the years this was simply one of the best meals I have ever had. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. The restaurant itself was simply class and the bar on the first floor is a...hidden little gem. We will be certainly booking again when we come to Padstow this year.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 December 2023

We had some very nice food but sadly it just didn't pack the punch of previous Mich star experiences. Paul wast there, sometime it felt a little rushed but have to say the waiting staff were lovely,

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

Just wow, the best restaurant I have ever been to. The Food is amazing and the staff are wonderful. Can’t recommend this place enough

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

We haven’t been here for a while but we’re having a big birthday weekend of lovely meals to celebrate. I can only say that every single aspect of our experience was foodie heaven if you want absolutely exceptional, outstanding food which was beautifully presented, first...class service and surroundings. A truly wonderful experience from start to finish and the staff went above and beyond.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 16 November 2023 via mobile

Exceptional! Totally delicious from start to finish, attention to detail is amazing and as a Coeliac I was treated just like everyone else, very special evening out. Thank you to all your team Paul and family, at No. 6!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 31 October 2023

Absolutely exceptional the best restaurant I have ever been to. On arrival i received a birthday card and our menus with both of our names on which is a lovely touch and adds to the overall experience. The Food was outstanding and the overall service...from the staff was top notch! We will be back again sooner rather than later i hope!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023

Fantastic dining experience, service, and food; worth every penny - the scarpetta, pigeon and apple pie were the personal highlights

Date of visit: October 2023
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