Paul Ainsworth takes reins at village pub

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Traditional dishes: a plethora of British classics are available at the Mariners
Traditional dishes: a plethora of British classics are available at the Mariners
Iconic chef Paul Ainsworth and his wife Emma have relaunched the Mariners in Rock, Cornwall, with a new menu and interior.

The pub, which was formerly run by fellow chef Nathan Outlaw for five years, is open daily offering a breakfast, cream tea and all-day menu, with food served across its ground and first floors.

The menus have been designed by Paul and the two head chefs to focus on British classics, while championing local produce.

The all-day menu, which is available from 12noon until 9.30pm, offers a wide range of pub dishes that aim to demonstrate Paul’s creative flair.

Drinks offer

The pub puts Cornish ingredients at the fore with a ‘500 yards away’ section on the menu, in a bid to give prominence to neighbouring harbour, Porthilly.

Drinkers can enjoy Sharp’s Brewery beers on draught alongside an international wine list overseen by sommelier Elly Owen. This comprises of 26 bins with 17 available by the glass from £4.95 and bottles from £19.95.

The interior design overhaul at the Mariners has been led by Emma Ainsworth, designer Eve Cullen-Cornes and design company Concord Interiors, in a bid to create a warm and welcoming environment.

There is oak panelling throughout, new bars on both floors alongside a colour palette of reds, coppers, deep blues and greens with bespoke antique lighting to create an intimately lit drinking and dining space.

Site is an institution

Paul said: “Emma and I are so exciting to be reopning the Mariners. I’m lucky enough to have an amazing team at the helm, including two incredible head chefs, Joe Rozier previously at No. 6 (in Padstow, Cornwall) and Tom Dawes who has worked at Rojano’s in the Square (also in Padstow, Cornwall) for the past seven years.

“The Mariners has been an institution since the 1990s and I’m so thrilled to be a part of its great history and to continue working with Sharp’s.

“I plan on keeping this Cornish jewel a destination for the local community and holidaymakers alike.”

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