Penrose Kitchen

4.8
221 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Situated amongst tranquil lily ponds Penrose Kitchen oozes rural charm and rustic 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 221 People Are Saying
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PamS
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our lunch on Wednesday and I was very grateful for Ben suggesting bringing the booking a day forward. The spacing between tables is very good but as it was such a lovely day it was a bit disappointing that the outdoor area was closed as we were extremely warm by the log burner and it felt a little bit airless with no ventilation.
The food and the service was superb and the ambience perfect. I will come back with friends for another meal possibly evening especially when the weather warms up and eating alfresco is available again. I wish you well in such challenging times and I know that my friends who had not been before will undoubtedly be back. Thank you

KW
KeithW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Sunday roast I’ve had in many years. Friendly staff and great service.

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OldSchoolSailor
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

We went here for sunday lunch. Friendly welcome but this place feels like a noisy office canteen we had problems hearing each other. After sitting down we immediately both felt something was odd, either the table was too high or the chairs too low, we have never come across that before (it was explained later that the chairs are very 'sinky'). We have never been keen on restaurants that also have artwork for sale on the walls. We had starters of scallops and pig cheek, both quite good but nothing special. I had roast beef which was served with very bland veg and an even more bland yorkshire pudding. My wife had fish which she said was not that fresh and possibly 'on the turn'. In summary, we will not be returning. We never complain unless food is truely inedible, so just saw the expereince through and left. We would like to think we caught them on a bad day as there are some very good reviews, oh well back to our usual haunts which are much more cosy and always spot on with their standards.

JW
JenniferW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

THe food was pretty basic, badly cooked steak, over dry potatoes, basic jus. Could have been a lot better really for the price and the high end experience they tried to create.

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David
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once we had a lovely lunch. Very welcoming host and beautiful food. Thank you.

MM
MM18
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. The chef really knows how to cook. Food was amazing and the waiting staff were lovely and attentive

JC
JeffC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal choices and wine selection. Highly recommend.

AG
AlisonG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful discovery on my local Truro doorstep. I'm sure it will become a regular venue for us. The empty plates tell the best story. Wonderful food with good portions and choice.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire night was fantastic, from the food, to the service and friendliness of staff. Couldn’t fault anything. As a bonus we were sat next to the fireplace on a cold night.

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OliviaW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We had such high expectations but sadly the food was extremely bland. It felt like we were eating the healthy versions of everything - no oil, no salt, no butter! Which is fine with appropriate ingredients not for what we ordered (scallops, cuttlefish, plaice). Even the promised 'roast' potatoes and 'roast' salsify were definitely steamed! Service was very good but the room does have a sort of salon feel to it. Sadly not sure we will be coming back.

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday lunch. Attention to detail considering the current circumstances, fabulous food, cooked to perfect and brilliant service. Great value for money and will definitely be back. Well done all at Penrose Kitchen.

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PatG
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed lunch with friends at Penrose Kitchen last Sunday. We were made very welcome, the staff were friendly and efficient and the Sunday roast delicious 😋

MW
MikeW
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always lovely food, wonderful friendly service and a great setting

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AndrewS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with interesting choices all superbly cooked.
Very safe Covid aware environment with attentive service.
Wine was excellent and the Primativo was a great addition to the wine list.

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Randles
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was fantastic and the ambiance was very pleasant. The food wasn't anything special, it was tasty but I don't think it was good value for money (certainly nothing stand-out). My scallop starter was delicious and they very kindly swapped the black pudding with mushrooms as I don't eat meat. For the main, for £22 I had the turbot which was very fatty, the baby leeks were too tough to chew and cavolo nero was so tough that my plate was sliding about on the table when I was trying to cut through it. We also didn't get the opportunity to relay this to the staff in person as no one asked how the food was. It was great to see that most products were locally sourced and the menu made a point of stating where the ingredients were from. Overall it was a nice experience, they just need to bring the prices down, or standard of food up!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been recommended by a good friend and thought I would try them out for myself and I must say that I was not disappointed. The whole experience was wonderful it was so great that I gave an enormous tip I would recommend penrose kitchen to anyone with absolute confidence that they would have the same great experience that I and my wife enjoyed.

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TraceyD
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant - have already recommended to friends. Has all the Covid procedures in place but still manages to have a great ambiance. Will definitely go again.

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amanda
Österreich
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, loved by all the family. Great value in lovely location. Friendly and helpful staff. Will return ! Great start to our short break in Cornwall !

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NeilB
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual, lovely to see Sam and Ben doing so well under the circumstances, felt 100%safe immaculate furnishings.

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Ginger
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely, clean, “socially distanced” environment - Really friendly service & fabulous food. Good wine list too.

EL
EdwardL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were on holiday in the area and the visitor's book in the cottage where we stayed recommended Penrose kitchen. We were not disappointed and went their twice. Once for Sunday lunch and then for an evening meal. Everything about the place is excellent. It's a real hidden gem.

HW
HelenW
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply can’t fault Penrose Kitchen. From the rural location, excellent service to the beautiful food our lunchtime dining experience was perfect.
I’d highly recommend a visit.

PH
PaulaH
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place and excellent value for money. Setting and service was excellent too

SM
SusanM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having been before we felt confident of an enjoyable experience and we were not disappointed.

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StephenC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening from the gracious, friendly greeting, superb food and wine in a very special ambience.

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davidr
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb. Penrose Kitchen is one of the best dining experiences we have enjoyed over many years of eating out in Cornwall. A wonderful marriage of flavours with the food coupled with an excellent wine list with the option of a carafe for quite a few of the wines. Exemplary service too - just don't tell everyone about this hidden-away gem just outside of Truro otherwise we won't be able to book a table. In a different league altogether. We will be back certainly twice before year-end - if they will have us.

MH
MandyH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch at Penrose Kitchen. The service was warm, friendly and efficient, the tables were well spaced out, hygiene precautions were good, and the food was excellent. I especially appreciated the vegan menu - having rung beforehand to ask about vegan options (as the menus on the website are for omnivores) I was delighted to be offered two imaginative options for each course. The drinks list was wide ranging, with some great mocktails and soft drinks for the designated driver. If we lived nearby we'd be back!

JR
JonR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent meal, staff were brilliant, and great to watch the chef preparing such fine foods. Felt safe with the COVID restrictions. Highly recommended, we will be returning.

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Auntiechoi
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first time in Truro and after reading reviews on TA booked Penrose Kitchen. Although a small menu there was plenty to choose. Loved my wild sea bass and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his veal The staff were so attentive and helpful Would definitely recommend

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Lindsey
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly, polite service with a smile. A very relaxed evening despite Covid-19 restrictions. Food was all delicious and well presented. We had a very enjoyable evening. Would definitely recommend!

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ThePoorEnglishman
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We found this restaurant on Opentable and booked as the reviews were good. We followed Satnav but were worried it was taking us to the middle of nowhere. When we arrived to the middle of nowhere it looked like a wooden shed, but don’t worry when you step through the door you are greeted by very friendly staff, the surroundings are clean and open, you view the impeccably clean kitchen on your way to the table. Social distancing was a definite Plus and had been thought about. The meal was by far the best we had at any restaurant and the ambience was good with background music something that has been forgotten by some restaurants in their haste to get you in and out. I would recommend the soufflé starter and the Brill fish main. 5 stars

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Molly89
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious fine dining option for a reasonable price in a rural location. Lovely food and great service. Highly recommend the soufflé to start, the hake and the blade of beef. The desserts were delicious too

JD
JohnD
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Need one say any more , a delight to eat such lovely food prepared by Ben and served by Sam. Another great day out.

KS
KatharineS
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening - gorgeous food and wine and lovely staff

DS
DaxaS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Will definitely be going back , had a lovely meal thank you

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Tina
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent Sunday lunch at Penrose.
The weather was sunny so we were able to sit outside and enjoy the gardens whilst eating the most amazing food. As always Ben and Sam are excellent hosts and we had a really enjoyable time as did our guests as this was their first visit and they can’t wait to return!

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AnneP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the cheese soufflé was to die for. The fish was well cooked as always,
We couldn’t fault our meal.

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Mattock
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good lunch as usual. Safe setting with good service

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Point
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit . Amazing food and what makes it so special is the service and hospitality. Sam and her team have always got time to chat

RB
RichardB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fine dining in the heart of Cornwall with a world class menu excellent value Michelin star food at pub prices ..... amazing can’t believe this gem is on my doorstep best kept secret in Cornwall

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Penrose Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 221 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.