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Penrose Kitchen

Penrose Kitchen is a hidden little gem on the outskirts of Truro….

I had been fortunate enough to have stumbled across Penrose kitchen a few years ago when it was functioning as a tea gardens. Now though, it is a whole load more than that and is definitely one to look up. It can be a challenge to find but so worth it.

Penrose kitchen is surrounded by beautiful waterlily gardens. With an abundance of wildlife and tucked away in a quiet valley it really is a place to completely unwind and gives you a break from the day-to-day hustle and bustle.

So when we were invited over after a restaurant relaunch I couldn’t wait to see the changes.

Penrose Kitchen was taken over and relaunched as a restaurant by partners Samantha and Ben, both were friendly and accommodating.

They first met whilst they both worked at Bedruthan Steps hotel in Mawgan Porth. Head chef Ben’s background stems from working at the prestigious The Savoy in London when he left college and the moved on to Le Gavroche. He is an exceptional chef and produces a fantastic quality of food.

Samantha has a huge amount of experience in restaurant management and it really shows, she has such a friendly manner she really made us feel at home.

We received such a warm welcome; we were so impressed at how much it had changed. Gone with the old tea room feel and in with the more modern ambience feel. There was a lovely cosy sofa area with a brightly burning log burner, perfect to cosy up with after dinner drinks.

We were seated next to a window, which, gave us perfect views out to an adjacent field full of deer. Whilst looking at the drinks menu we were very excited to see that they stocked the exclusive Sunset Brewing’s Archipelago beers, Stu immediately ordered one whilst I went for my favourite Tarquins pink Cornish gin with Fever Tree tonic.

The menu was very impressive; with some quite adventurous dishes, some of the ingredients I would never of thought to put together but really worked.

Stu had:

St Mawes scallops on a bed of parsnip and vanilla puree with spring onions –

The scallops were cooked perfectly; it was a very light and delicate dish.

Cornish merchants line caught sea bass accompanied with octopus, Cornish earlies, broad beans, peas and lemon butter –

A surprisingly good combination of flavour that worked exceptionally together, a very well presented dish.

Chocolate assiette – a mixture of dark mousse, chocolate brownie and dehydrated chocolate mousse and white chocolate ice-cream –

A delightful chocolatey combination that has the perfect balance of sweetness and richness.

Lucy had:

King oyster mushroom, poached duck egg, cashew nuts and salsa verde –

A wonderful combination of flavours and the eggs poached to perfection.

Cornish blue cheese on a bed of soft polenta accompanied with asparagus, broccoli and roasted celeriac –

If you love blue cheese you will love this dish.

Mitchell farm strawberries, homemade short bread with strawberry sorbet and Roddas clotted cream –

A real refreshing dessert, the homemade shortbread was to die for.

So for all you real foodies out there, this is the place for you. With such exciting and unusual ingredients you are sure to not be disappointed, and will have a fabulous experience.

There is also a beautiful decked area outside overlooking the waterlilies for those perfect summer evenings to enjoy al fresco dining. The outside area is also dog friendly so is perfect for including your four legged furry friends.

Penrose kitchen also host theme nights so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Just recently they put together a full-on Spanish night. Loads of authentic food, bags of fun and certainly a good way to change up the everyday routine. Go follow them on instagram so you don’t miss out.

  • we were invited for a complimentary meal for the purpose of a review but all thoughts are our own.

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