The Ainsworth family is growing this spring, as we get ready to take over Mariners Public House in Rock, before opening a new cookery school and chef’s table, Mahé, with our friend and colleague John Walton.

This Spring, Paul and Emma will reopen Mariners Public House in Rock, just across the Camel Estuary from their Padstow restaurants. Formerly run by Paul’s friend Nathan Outlaw for five years, Paul and Emma jumped at the chance to evolve this local gem in partnership with Sharp’s Brewery. The doors to the pub will reopen following its annual closure, and the next few months will very much be the discovery phase. As Paul says, “we are committed to ensuring the long-term success of The Mariners and keeping this Cornish jewel a destination for the local community and holidaymakers alike.”

Back in Padstow, Paul and Emma’s exciting new venture, Mahé, is due to open in May. Mahé will be an entirely new concept with daytime classes running from Thursday to Saturday for up to six people taught by John Walton – the head chef at Paul Ainsworth at No.6 and the guardian of the restaurant’s Michelin star.

From Wednesday to Saturday evenings, Mahé will become an exclusive, ten seater chef’s table experience, also overseen by John.

Why Mahé? Well, it’s the name of the island in the Seychelles where Paul’s parents met during the 1970’s. Paul says “we thought long and hard about a name that would suit its origins. Quite rightly, Emma said it should resonate with ‘beginnings’, and my parents meeting on an island in the Indian Ocean was the very start of their journey.”

We’re putting the finishing touches to Mahé, with designer Eve Cullen-Cornes and Emma working on the interior design. We can’t wait for you to see it!

Read the latest on Paul Ainsworth at No.6’s spring 2019 menu here.