Penrose Kitchen

4.7
245 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 245 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

OT
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!!

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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.

TP
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.

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AmyD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant to go to. The food is always incredible as is the service! A must-do if you’re in Cornwall! Can’t wait to get down there again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The twice baked soufflé was light and fluffy, the pate like velvet and the pork cooked to perfection. Sadly we couldn’t manage a dessert. Looking forward to eating there again very soon.

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Bizzywizzy63
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Thoroughly enjoyed everything

JS
JaniceS
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Sam (front of house) and Ben (chef) worked their magic. All faultless from our welcome til the end, and we were there a long time!! Service was great-lovely waiting staff and food as always scrumptious

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Foodiegirl11
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in a beautiful space, highly recommended.

TP
vipThePoorEnglishman
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our must go to restaurant on a visit to Cornwall. We have never had the same meal twice. The menu continually changes and is always perfect in every respect.

This is a hidden gem in the countryside, visit once and you are hooked on their seafood

RG
RobertG
Devon
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a fantastic lunch with hospitality to match. Our favourite restaurant in Cornwall. Just a shame we can't eat there every week!

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TrevorP
Devon
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten at Penrose Kitchen three times now. Each time we were very impressed with the relaxed atmosphere, very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable service. In particular the separate menu for the gluten free diners in our party was very well received. The food was superb and we had a most enjoyable dining experience. We will definitely eat here again and recommend the restaurant to friends and family.

JR
JaneR
Devon
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent!
1st meal out since lockdown and we wasn't disappointed. Had a festive meal and all 3 courses were beautiful cooked and presented.
Staff were very friendly and food exceptional, will definitely be back.

JK
JennyK
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always we felt very welcome and the lunch was very relaxed: the food was very good as always - especially the cuttlefish!
Our favourite place to eat.

EB
EileenB
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal everything was excellent, staff were wonderful. We were there to celebrate my 60th birthday and we did it in style, with excellent service and fabulous food. Thank you Penrose kitchen I would highly recommend

KC
KateC
Devon
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent again in every way. Quality local produce expertly cooked with excellent service.

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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

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Janner
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
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
Devon
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
Devon
7 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
MM18
Devon
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
vipJeffC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal choices and wine selection. Highly recommend.

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AlisonG
Devon
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.

AB
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.

PG
PatG
Devon
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

AS
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Devon
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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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 !

FAQs

Penrose Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 245 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.