Penrose Kitchen

4.7
274 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Situated amongst tranquil lily ponds Penrose Kitchen oozes rural charm with elegant character. Our picturesque surroundings offer the perfect backdrop for savouring chef patron Ben Harmer’s award- winning food.

The food is modern European based on classic cuisine. Menus evolve to reflect not just the seasons but also the elements. Kitchen produce is sourced from long standing, tried and trusted suppliers and is delivered fresh, daily and is locally, organically and sustainably sourced where practical. Our bar is stocked with new and innovative products made within our bountiful county as well as much loved favourites from around the globe.

We are available for exclusive hire, for details please contact us directly.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 274 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food locally sourced and very well cooked excellent service

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Ally
Devon
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

When we arrived there was 3 not 2 and this was sorted very quickly and with no fuss, we took sets for a pre dinner drink and were shown to our table at 8 15, which was a shame as the booking was for 7.15.
Food and service made up for the delay, its aways a pleasure to eat there.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Date night with my future husband 😉 great food, locally sourced, top quality ingredients, scallops were delicious and the steak was perfect!
Great service, lovely restaurant, only slight niggle was lights at the table were quite bright! Not a complaint by any stretch! Just personal preference for a more pleasing ambiance.

We will return.

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Nickname
Devon
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious local produce beautifully cooked. Good selection of wines and great cocktail andmocktail list.

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vipBigAlV
Kent
49 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not the easiest of places for a non local to find but it’s worth the perseverance - have confidence in the road signs! We we’re meeting friends for lunch and it was a day when the restaurant wasn’t so busy so perhaps it was less ‘buzzy’ than usual. The food was a delight, portions generous and the cooking precise - we all loved our starter and main courses so much we had no room for desserts.
Service throughout was very good and helpful.
We’ll return whenever we’re in the vicinity and try dinner next time!

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AnthonyF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and very good service. Not rushed at all.

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SueH
Devon
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic find! Very relaxed, friendly and warm welcome. The service and food were fantastic, the brisket was melt in the mouth! We will be back and very soon.

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HilaryP
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience. The cheese soufflé starter was to die for! I shall book again soon, without any doubt.

TB
TonyaB
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting, delicious food and wonderful service…couldn’t ask for more!

SM
SusanM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always our go to restaurant with visitors or for a special occasion. The cheese souffle is a must! The staff are always friendly and helpful and the atmosphere very relaxed, especially if you can sit outside. Would always recommend Penrose.

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TerryH
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class in every way, this is the best place we have eaten in for a very long time.

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NancyL
Devon
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We didn’t know our table was for a period of two hours. It took some time for the orders to be taken so our table time was reduced somewhat.

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RobertB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic three times…..venue, service and food. Don’t hesitate to visit, you won’t be disappointed

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Foodie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Set in a quiet little backwater. An unassuming building when approached from the car park. Once inside, it is spacious, stylish and elegant. Run by an experienced Husband and Wife team. The welcome is warm and the food good. No overbearing music. The walls are decorated with pictures for sale. On a fine, still day, diners may eat on the terrace, overlooking the water garden (under different ownership). Utterly beautiful.
Service was just a little slow, not that it affected our enjoyment at all.
We will definitely eat here again and will continue to recommend it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing from start to finish,will definitely be returning ASAP.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
14 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Cornwall from Manchester and Penroae was the perfect couple meal. The food was just incredible and so tasty. Would recommend to everyone as just an amazing experience

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DaveL
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to be back at one of our favourite places to eat following the lockdowns they have encountered. As usual the service and welcome was great food as always excellent its as if they hadn't been shut.

CB
CaroleB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening from start to finish - best meal of our holiday. From the welcome and fabulous hosting to the wonderful food, nothing to fault. It also seemed to be a very happy working environment. I wish I lived closer so I could go regularly. I would definitely recommend The Penrose Kitchen to anyone who enjoys good food.

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SheilaP
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunchtime meal. Friendly helpful staff. Wonderful flavours. Good value.
Will visit again very soon.

SH
SyedH
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with well thought menu. Very tasty and wholesome food Enjoyed our experience.

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ALANN
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drink & service.

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PeterW
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Arrived early but offered the lounge area to wait and a drink ordered. Although a little limited, the menu still featured some lovely dishes and all those chosen we very nice. This is a small, and therefore quiet, premises so is therefore a very relaxing and peaceful place to have dinner. The service and attention to detail is truly first-class. My only negative is that the portions are not very substantial considering the cost. Would highly recommend.

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Billy
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Cheese souffles were excellent, best we have ever eaten.
Mains only satisfactory, the vegetables ranged from undercooked broccili to more pleasing carrots.
Desserts lacked finesse.
Service was attentive and pleasant but very slow.

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Paul
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good, inventive food (curried caramel sauce, anyone ? It's superb....) and a compact but good wine list topped off by great service and a surprisingly low bill.

What's not to like ? Well worth the drive and strongly recommended all round

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really cosy location and food was pretty good - we really enjoyed the roast and cheese soufflé was outstanding. Service was a bit slow but overall had a lovely time

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The setting is beautiful at the restaurant with the outdoor terrace overlooking a garden and the food was very good. However, the service completely let this place down. I would probably say it’s the worst waiting service we have ever experienced. We are still in shock a few days later. There were many problems and I will list just a few here:

- Our food took 1 hour to come.
- When the waitress brought out our drinks she had no idea which drink was which. When I asked she simply said “I don’t know as I didn’t make them”.
- When asked what a ‘cortado’ coffee was the same waitress just said she didn’t know and didn’t even bother to find out.
- One waitress would come out and try to guess which table the food and drinks were for rather than have a proper system with table numbers. We had to turn away food and drinks over and over again.
- The waitress tried to overcharge us by £10.
- Our roast lunch came out with no meat and they had to bring the meat out separately.
- My roast lunch had a bunch of things missing from the description on the menu.

I could go on. Really poor service which ruins this place I’m afraid.
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LLLPrincess
London
128 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good quality food. Our waitress Sam was very good. Will go again. A hidden gem for foodie to visit.
The wine pairing was also very good value. The setting was tranquil and calm.
I hope the chef and team will continue to scale this business. Best wishes to them. 👌👍

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to visit this restaurant. Cheese soufflé are to die for.

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FayeM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch here. Very friendly service and delicious food. The restaurant is nicely decorated and very airy and spacious.
It felt very covid safe.
Highly recommend and will definitely return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, incredible setting and outstanding service

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JackieS
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled on the Penrose Kitchen during our holiday in Cornwall, as we were based near Truro. A hidden gem! The usual menus sound sumptuous but quite foodie; we booked BBQ Sunday lunch as we thought it would suit our younger dining companion best (age 5). Well this is no usual barbecue. We had squid, perfectly cooked monkfish, succulent lamb chop and slow cooked beef short rib, all with an array of beautifully prepared, delicious salads, dressings, vegetables and cured fish. Also got a chance to sample Da Bara breads. Puddings also really lovely. We had everything on the menu and it was all exquisitely prepared (and the chef made it look easy to do a bbq at scale!) the surroundings are idyllic with a lily pond garden to one side, the internal dining space is chic and filled with bright artworks (for sale) but the weather was so good everyone was outside enjoying the ample space in an informal garden space. We took a walk down the country lane to get there which added to the ambience. My greatest delight was that the service was relaxed and warmly welcoming, and not stilted at all, though the standard is fine-dining. though there were just a few well-behaved kids there, they were also made very welcome too. I would highly recommend and would love to visit again to sample the a la carte menu.

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place with equally amazing service! Food was delicious, highly recommend the pork!

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WendyH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, attentive service. A wonderful place for a special evening.

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Smithy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, with outstanding flavours and interesting combinations. Excellent, friendly and very professional service and certainly somewhere we would absolutely recommend to anyone!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for top quality fresh food packed with flavours then this is the place.
You have to be realistic food of this quality doesn't come cheap but it's worth every penny.
Being local I understand our current staffing shortages so yes the service was a little longer than normal but what is "normal" the staff throughout were a delight to talk to and incredibly helpful.
Thank you for a lovely evening, I have no pictures of our food as it didn't even cross our minds we just wanted to enjoy and enjoy we did.

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vipThePoorEnglishman
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always our must go to restaurant when we visit Cornwall, we’ll run restaurant with friendly staff and owners. The quality and meal is first class. Off the beaten track so I hope the tourists don’t find it to easily. If you do find it be prepared for the perfect meal

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Ronnie
Devon
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a good evening, loved the wine and the food is just amazing.
Highly recommend, and we’ll be back soon.

NC
NikC
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.
Catered for our family dietary requirements (vegan and gluten free) with separate menus and enthusiasm.
Such a beautiful setting overlooking Penrose Water Garden.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely faultless. You just can’t find intimate service and outstanding food of this standard around here. No rush to get you out, the table is yours for the entire evening.
We both had scallops to start, followed by perfectly cooked beef fillet and lobster Thermidor. Panna cotta and chocolate delice to finish off - wow! The best pina colada we have ever had! The pairing wines with each course were spot on!
Simply incredible. Each diner is made to feel special and valued and they always go above and beyond. Our favourite restaurant in Cornwall without a doubt.

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Drew
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, professionally served by friendly staff.

FAQs

Penrose Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.