This excellent restaurant, set in a Georgian townhouse, has put Padstow even more firmly on the culinary map. Chef Paul Ainsworth has now taken over the business and the cooking style has been simplified from that previously offered.
Lunch brings a bargain no-choice set menu, or you can choose from the carte.
Ingredients have been closely sourced, with Provenance much to the fore. But while the menu closely follows the seasons, starters such as 'Local Scallops with Homemade Black Pudding & Carrots'; 'Prawns with Pearl Barley Risotto with Sweet Corn & Basil'; 'Duck Parfait with Sauterne Jelly & Toasted Sour Dough' and 'Jerusalem Artichoke Soup' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Loin and Breast of local Lamb, with Sweetbreads, Feta and Braised Swede'; 'Ox Cheek & Tongue with French Onions, Carrots & Leeks'; 'Pork Belly & Crackling with Beetroots & Apples'; 'Wild Rabbit, Loin and Boudin, Parsnips and Spinach Tartlet' and 'Wild Sea Bass with Spinach & Shrimp Brown Butter'.
Desserts maintain the high standard, with perhaps 'Pineapple with Dark Rum Pannacotta with Vanilla Madeline'; 'Lemon Meringue Tartlet with Mint Choc-Chip Ice Cream' and 'Espresso Coffee Brulee' - while the more savoury-toothed will be tempted by their selection of British farm-house cheeses.
Sundries, and attention to detail, such as the home-made breads (sometimes including a hemp variety) come in for much praise. Vegetarians can have their own interesting menu, but give advance warning.
Service, is both discreetly-friendly and professional.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.30; set L £13 (2 courses), £17 (3 courses); mains about £19 to £24
- Dinner: Tues-Sun 18.00-22.00; mains about £19 to £24
- Seats: 42
- Wine: an excellent list, including some prestigious bottles, kicks off at around the £17 mark, and offers a good choice by the glass
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: See the Map at the top of this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: all Mon; Early Dec to beginning of Feb.
- Rooms available