On day two of our Cornish chapter for the BMW i3 Dining Guide, we headed to Paul Ainsworth at No 6 in Padstow, to discover the wonders that go on inside the award-winning restaurant and to also speak to Paul about his 16 years in Padstow and what makes Cornwall such a great place to build a thriving restaurant and hotel collection.
The 45-mile journey to Padstow from Helston is a breeze in the all-electric BMW i3, even without a full charge, which is fine because on arrival at Padstow Townhouse, Paul’s boutique hotel, there are charging facilities for all guests.
We checked in and took the short walk to Paul Ainsworth at No 6, the Michelin star restaurant located in the centre of town, which specialises in British food with a focus on Cornish produce.
Paul’s passion for Cornwall is easy to see when speaking to him about the area and produce on offer. He maintains though that although local is important, it still needs to be high quality, something that they have in abundance in Padstow and the surrounding areas, which makes being a chef here a really exciting place to be. To hear more about Paul’s insights click here [add link to main film].
There are three different dining spaces at No 6, the beautiful Dining Room, their Florence Parker private dining space and Mahè, the counter at their development kitchen.
We watched on through the glass window in the Dining Room as Paul and Chef de Cuisine, Chris McClurg (who has worked alongside Paul at No 6 for nearly a decade) plus his team of chefs, created three signature dishes from the menu. All full of flavour and incredibly creative! The idea of a pigeon pain au chocolate literally blew my mind and was just the type of nostalgia and fun that Paul has become famous for.
1. Morel - roast chicken and Manzanilla sherry
2. All of the Pigeon - Umeboshi condiment ~ pain au chocolat
3. Chocolate - ‘Vol au vent’ ~ cep caramel
For those staying nearby, Padstow Townhouse is perfectly located in the old town, allowing you to park, rest up and enjoy the fresh, Cornish air.
They are perfectly placed in a central location with great restaurants, walking routes and beautiful scenery just a stone’s throw away. There are a number of walks surrounding Padstow, perfect for all abilities. Head down to the town and explore the harbour or pick up the coastal path for a more adventurous trek. Whether it’s a hearty hike or a leisurely stroll, the Padstow Townhouse team can provide you with tasty snacks and a flask of hot coffee for your day away, courtesy of the Pantry.
“The 45-mile journey to Padstow from Helston is a breeze in the all-electric BMW i3, even without a full charge”
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Fuel economy and CO2 results for the BMW i3 range: Mpg (l/100km) not applicable. CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. Electric energy consumption (combined) 3.8 - 4.1 miles/kWh. Electric range 173.4 -190.8 miles. These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The BMW i3 and i3s 120Ah is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. These figures were achieved using the WLTP test procedure. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2, electric energy consumption and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.