Great British Boltholes: A Review of Padstow Townhouse, Cornwall


Great British Boltholes: Padstow Townhouse is the place to visit for pure grace and bags with Cornish charm

  • Padstow Townhouse is a Georgian guest house at the harbor in Padstow
  • It is part of & # 39; chef Paul Ainsworth's family of local restaurants
  • There are six suites that have all the expected amenities, with buttons on & # 39;

Lucinda, Paul, Betty, Chris, Shannon, Sarah … I don't usually leave a hotel / restaurant with the names of the staff, and state that they want to be friends. But so is the genius of chef Paul Ainsworth and his crack team at Padstow that this is exactly what happened. This is peak hospitality: oodles of charm, the personal touch, time for everyone. Not to mention sensational food.

Padstow Townhouse is a smart Georgian guest house by the harbor in & # 39; beautiful Cornish town. Ainsworth's goal was to offer dinners in his Padstow restaurants – Paul Ainsworth at no. 6 and Rojano & # 39; s in the square – to stay somewhere.

He surrendered. There are six beautiful suites. Us, Toffee Apple, has a rural theme, rooftop views, a clubby sitting room with leather armchairs, Portmeirion plates and a walk-in mini.

Attention to detail: The popcorn suite at the Townhouse

Attention to detail is top-notch: champagne coupes in the & # 39; bathroom; custom-made Bloom Remedies toiletries; idiot-proof light switches on (& # 39; All on & # 39 ;, & # 39; All off & # 39;). Tasty mini pastries were delivered after we arranged. Even the doormat is changed three times every day for a temporary greeting (Good morning / noon / evening). The Pantry Poverty Policy is open 24/7. Don't overdo it with cheese, wonderful cakes, gins and other tipples when you have dinner reserved at Ainsworth's Michelin star no. 6 – no portions of nouveau cuisine here, just first-class modern-British dishes.

Back in our room we found a bottle of Paul & # 39; s Marvelous Medicine (hot choc with malt, Frangelico and Cointreau). I would like this on tap. At breakfast in airy Rojano's – down the hill – the friendly Ainsworth was relaxed, despite having enough on his metaphorical plate (in addition to his Padstow settings, he acquired The Mariners pub in nearby Rock) and start a nursery school next to No. 6). His passion for his work is obvious, and shared by everyone we haven't met on Team Ainsworth.

Genius: Chef Paul Ainsworth, above

Genius: Chef Paul Ainsworth, above

The USP: The food, relaxed conviviality, close attention to detail. Ainsworth brings soul into hospitality. The people he counts are as important as the food he serves. Padstow Townhouse alone is excellent, but stay here and you can dine at No. 6.

The rooms: Six beautiful suites, individually styled. All expected amenities, with buttons on.

The food: Food is the reason the Townhouse exists. Breakfast at Rojano & # 39; s offers Good Morning Trifle with Earl Gray plums, yogurt and granola – great for morning after dinner before, though a Full Cornish (maple-cured bacon, sausage, black & hog's puddings, tomato chutney, mushroom, fried egg) is hard to resist. No 6 is extra, but worth it (two-course lunch of £ 30; à la carte dinner rather more).


Padstow Townhouse, Padstow, Cornwall. B&B £ 320 to £ 380 per suite; adults only. For more information visit


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