Great British Menu chef opens dessert-themed B&B


Renowned chef Paul Ainsworth has announced the launch of his first luxury B&B in Padstow, just a stone’s throw from his Michelin-starred restaurant, Number 6.

The new Padstow Townhouse consists of six individually designed suites in a newly renovated Georgian townhouse, with each one taking inspiration from a dessert he created when he appeared on BB2’s Great British Menu.

Ainsworth has built up a hugely successful reputation in the industry, working for the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Marcus Wareing and in 2011 he appeared on BBC2’s Great British Menu where he won the dessert round for his offering, Taste of the Fairground.

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Taking inspiration from this very dessert, the six bedrooms have been named after fairground treats and retro sweets, so guests can stay in Marshmallow, Popcorn, Rhubarb and Custard, Toffee, Apple, Honeycomb or Bonbon.

Padstow Townhouse took 16 months to complete, with Paul and his wife Emma working with interior designer Eve Cullen Cornes to create the whole look, who also designed the bedrooms at The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, the Michelin-starred pub owned by TV chef Tom Kerridge.

“Our intention from the start was to create a truly unique and welcoming experience for our guests,” explains Paul. “We loved the idea of sweet-themed bedrooms. It started as a play on the word suite/ sweet, but quickly became the foundation of the design process.

“So for example, the Toffee Apple suite has warm caramel colours and a botanical theme. Eve discovered beautifully restored furniture and lamps, plus a retro line of botanical plates for the wall and beautiful botanical illustrations of fruits to highlight the hand buttoned head board.”

While Eve and Emma collaborated on the design, Paul has focused his attention on the customer experience. In addition to the six bedrooms, the Padstow Townhouse has a kitchen pantry full of treats for guests to enjoy throughout their stay.