20 restaurants in Penzance
Restaurants in Penzance:
Briton's Hill, Penzance, TR18 3AE [Map]
Looking for interesting, seasonal and light, well-prepared food in a galleried setting with stunning views. The Bay, at Penzance, helped establish the now well-tried tradition of combining culture, in the form of a serious art gallery, with cuisine and rooms - and succeeds. The setting is chic, unstuffy, with superb views above the rooftops of Penzance to Mount's Bay. An excellent place to kick back, relax and enjoy their mix of a Modern European approach to serving seafood and other English dishes.
Throughout the whole year look forward to eating the best of the local produce, in an imaginative and attractive form and calling on an impressive list of local suppliers from Cornwall, where the environment is naturally fresh.
During the day an all day dining menu offers such dishes as prosciutto ham with herbed olive hummus and balsamic vinegar, steamed Fowey mussels in a shallot, garlic and Cornish cider cream sauce, or pan-fried rump steak with baby spinach leaf, straw potatoes and herb hollandaise. At The Bay it's always worth asking what the boats have brought in; fish does not come any fresher than this.
Try a roast Pollock fillet on braised saffron leeks and lemon cream sauce, or a local handpicked white crabmeat open sandwich on homemade granary bread with lemon mayonnaise. For vegetarian tastes there could be a baked aubergine and tomato gateaux.
In the evenings the menu expands and starters could include home smoked breast of guinea fowl, ox tongue and hazelnut salad and date purée, or pan-fried South Coast scallops, potato and vanilla cream with steamed spring onions.
Main courses follow the same pattern with a pan-fried West Country duck breast with smoked fennel, polenta cake and a preserved orange jus; roast fillet of Newlyn landed pollack, baby brown shrimps, cucumber and watercress, and roast Cornish double beef - for two to share - with pan fried foie gras and oxtail ravioli, black truffle and port wine jus.
As you watch the sun subside into the light mists of a velvet Cornish sea evening, you will find the desserts even more beguiling than usual, headed by the white chocolate mousse, sultana fancler and rice wine vinegar reduction, closely followed by the coconut crème brûlée with passion fruit madeleines and dark chocolate sorbet or assortment of miniature desserts.
Local wines, beers and an elite list offer further variety and choice, and, with at least eight available by the glass or 1/2 bottle, you can change wines with each course. Dessert wines are encouraged and include Pedro Ximenez- Jerez from Spain, and Nederburg from South Africa.
The Bay is quality eating amidst beautiful surroundings both in and out, at prices that will leave room for you to contemplate further indulgence amongst the many pictures tastefully displayed in the Gallery.
The past years have firmly established the Bay, in the diners Awards of the Region, they were named West Country Restaurant of the Year in 2002, and Restaurant of the Year 2006-8 in the Cornwall Tourism Awards. Consistently awarded 2 AA rosettes annually, and listed in the Michelin Guide, The Good Hotel Guide and The Good Food Guide.
For those of you wanting further information about The Bay, a visit to their Website would be a sensible idea.
English, Modern European, Seafood
Menu du Jour - 2 courses for £13.45 and 3 courses for £17.45 Book
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Turnpike Road, Marazion, nr Penzance, TR17 0DQ [Map]
Bar, Modern British
12-13 Chapel Street, Penzance, TR18 4AW [Map]
Set in the heart of historic Penzance amongst the antique shops, art galleries and bookshops, the Chapel Street Brasserie offers a fixed price menu which represents excellent value and the freedom to explore the wide range of dishes; all made with a hint of French style and the best Cornish ingredients. You can start your day with fresh Illy coffee, warm croissant or pain au chocolat and newspapers or meet your friends for lunch to enjoy the traditional 'Plats du Jour', or a gourmet sandwich or salad. Evenings are the right time to enjoy the wines and champagnes by candle light while weekends usher in smooth live jazz music.
Cornish pork and caramelised apple terrine served with celeriac remoulade might appeal to a few while others may prefer quenellas of prawn mousse served on toasted brioche. Main course options include dishes such as beer braised pheasant breast with leeks, potatoes, agen prunes and bacon.
Brasserie, French, Modern British
Old Bakehouse Lane, Chapel Street, Penzance, TR18 4AE [Map]
The Bakehouse is situated in its own flower and palm filled courtyard just off Chapel Street, Penzance's most historic and beautiful street, which meanders from the centre of town down to the old harbour. It is one of a handful of Cornish restaurants leading Cornwall 's new renaissance in dining. Their menu combines the best aspects of modern British cuisine and seafood, which they are well located to exploit.
Being a family run restaurant the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly; they have two dining rooms (non-smoking downstairs) and a number of alfresco tables for the hardier diner. Upstairs there is also a very cool private bar where you can sample a classic or contemporary cocktail such as a cosmopolitan or a caiparinha, or just have a beer before your meal.
Lunch is a simpler affair with dishes on offer like: udon noodle soup with wakame and kombu seaweed; stir-fried prawns with fresh lime juice, coriander, basil, garlic, ginger, spring onion and chilli; newlyn crab Florentine; bajan prawn and mango wrap with salad; yakitori chicken with crispy noodle salad; sirloin sandwich, with caramalised red onions and rocket on ciabatta or deep-fried cornish goat's cheese with a bramble berry sauce. All at prices around the £6 mark.
In the evening it gets even more sophisticated, with mains of fresh roasted turbot on herb puree with mustard beurre blanc new potatoes and vegetables or pan-fried Barbary duck breast on bubble and squeak with Cornish mead gravy, crispy celeriac, new potatoes and vegetables; and wonderful puddings such as iced passion fruit soufflé or toasted oatmeal and hazel nut meringue with raspberries and cream.
Fore Street, Goldsithney, Cornwall, nr Penzance, TR20 9JU [Map]
Bar, Gastropub, Pub
Folly House, Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4HH [Map]
Closed for the 2008 season and will open again at Easter.
Whilst admitting that an unexpected night in Penzance, due to the helicopter service to Tresco being grounded, would not be high on my list of priorities, it turned out to be not without its attractions, foremost amongst which was the discovery on the seafront of Sophia's. After all one has to eat.
So escaping from the seething mass of human frustration that was the heliport, we strolled along the Promenade and there it was, tastefully painted and lit, looking thoroughly welcoming - until we encountered the fact that we had no reservation. To need a booking on a gruesome autumnal Tuesday evening suggested we might be on to something good, so we persisted and finally beat the system. And wasn't it worth it.
A plate of olives appeared, napkins were spread and a reassuringly brief but punchy menu laid before us. Sophia's lays claim to excellent Cornish cooking, with Newlyn fish and local farm meat well to the fore. Small plates included plaice goujons with a chunky tartare sauce, their own smooth pate with organic tomato chutney, and local crab salad with smoked paprika mayo.
Main courses of local smoked haddock on mash with poached egg and a creamy wholegrain mustard sauce was confident, well presented, just perfect. The St Buryan pork filet was served with Lyonnaise potatoes, local cider and apple sauce and an ample helping of convincingly fresh vegetables.
Had we been up for puddings we could have had raspberries soaked in Cornish mead trifle, Eton mess, or an orange and Grand Marnier crème brûlée. Coffee was superb.
The value for money stretched to the wine list, with decent Muscadet at £15.50 a bottle, house wine at £11.50, and Cornish white from the Carmel Valley.
I would say that Penzance is possibly over blessed with restaurants, but I would hazard a guess that few of them are in Sophia's class.
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