Padstow is famous for its thriving restaurant scene. With dining options to suit all tastes and budgets, Padstow is one of Cornwall’s key foodie destinations.
It has long been the base for celebrity chef Rick Stein and Michelin-starred restaurateur Paul Ainsworth, while being only a short drive to other award-winning restaurants such as Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen at Watergate Bay and Nathan Outlaw’s in Port Isaac.
Now, a number of new openings and developments are set to freshen up the local foodie scene on both sides of the Camel Estuary.
This exciting new opening offers a unique dining experience in the heart of Padstow. Cookery school by day, Mahé offers private dining for up to 10 people during the evenings. The restaurant is owned by Paul Ainsworth and is located next door to his famous Number 6 restaurant.
Cooking is overseen by Paul’s right-hand man John Walton – a Padstow local who has worked as head chef at Number 6 since 2006. Each evening, John and his team create and serve bespoke menus of world-class gastronomy. Sitting close to the kitchen, guests can watch as the food is prepared and gain creative insight on the dishes as the chefs cook.
Mahé is named after the capital of the Seychelles, where Paul’s parents met. Paul Ainsworth said, “We thought long and hard about a name that would suit its origins. Quite rightly, Emma (Paul’s wife and partner) said it should resonate with beginnings, and my parents meeting on an island in the Indian Ocean was the very start of their journey.”
Available by prior arrangement only – so plan well in advance!
For more information see https://www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk/mahe/
Paul Ainsworth’s deep connection with the local area continues at The Mariners gastropub, just across the estuary in Rock. His business has just taken the helm at the popular eatery from other famous, local food hero Nathan Outlaw.
With its fine views across the water, this pub serves delicious dishes overseen by joint head chefs Joe Rozier and Tom Dawes. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu focuses on British classics while championing the best of local produce. The prices are reasonable for the exceptional quality of the food. It’s well worth a visit on a Sunday for the roast dinner.
The food is perfectly complemented by a range of draught beers supplied by the local Sharp’s brewery, alongside quality wines from Cornwall and around the world.
The pub’s ground floor is for walk-ins only, while the upstairs part of the restaurant is available to book.
Visit the website at https://www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk/the-mariners/
It’s just a short, scenic ferry ride across the estuary to this new pizza restaurant in Rock. Opened earlier this year, just in time for the summer, The Rock Pizza Co has become a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike.
You can start the day here with an English breakfast pizza or Spanish style Gypsy eggs, while enjoying the stunning views across the Camel Estuary to Padstow. Or pop in for lunch or dinner with a classic Italian or more exotic varieties of pizza, such as Hoisin duck or pulled pork.
Pizzas come in the standard 12” or the gargantuan 20” – for those who like to share or the exceptionally hungry.
There’s always a relaxed vibe, whether indoors or outside on the raised terrace. And with an excellent drinks menu it’s the perfect venue for a sundowner with friends.
Discover more at https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-Rock-Pizza-Co-446252759523373/
Call - 01841 533402