Penrose Kitchen

4.7
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90 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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.

Special Offers

Treat your mum this Mother's Day

Celebrating all mother figures this year with a 4 course menu and a glass of Prosecco for everyone. Mother's Day menu can be viewed on our website: www.penrosekitchen.co.uk . Our normal booking terms and conditions apply.

Sunday, 22 March, 2020

What 90 People Are Saying
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AH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Friendly efficient staff and nothing too much trouble. This restaurant was recommended to us for the quality. My food was very good but my guest felt the food was a little light on portion size although the quality was good. Left my guest feeling the food was not quite adequate therefore rated slightly lower.

KP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and I will definitely be eating here again

S
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, staff were superb and the food was mouth watering
I will definitely become a regular visitor to this fabulous restaurant

PB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and service as per usual, well recommended.

WJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. The soufflé was divine and Bens custard - well - glorious! Our friends loved it xx

AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is an absolute hidden gem. Found on a stormy weekend it felt like a safe port. After being greeted we were offered drinks whilst our table was made ready. Menus were brought over to allow us to salivate over the choices ahead. The food itself was fantastic and along with the service made for an extremely enjoyable experience. I would have no reservations about recommending this place. Massive thank you to the team @ Penrose Kitchen

JB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great place to eat with friendly staff and excellent food.

BH
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Myself and my wife went here for my wife's birthday.
Nice welcome, friendly owners and staff.
We had a drink in the reception area and we ordered our food before we were shown to our table in the dining area.
The food was lovely (all three courses) and then there was an excellent Espresso martini to finish!
Will definitely go back again.

N
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always perfect at Penrose, from the moment you’re greeted. Each meal contains their own personal twist, introducing flavours to dishes you wouldn’t expect. I always look forward to returning for the best food and cocktails!

WB
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service Ben and Sam greeted us on arrival and were so welcoming we felt at home straight away. The restaurant decor is very smart , modern, warm and made you feel that your about to have a special meal . The food was amazing I had the cuttlefish starter and monkfish main both delightful and something only an accomplished chef can produce . Ben catered for a vegetarian starter and main with ease and my dinner guest was extremely happy with her meal . Puddings are to die for I had chocolate ganache, lemon sorbet, blood orange and orange meringue . I really enjoy eating out and love finding somewhere special , if you do too I strongly recommend going .

s
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent in all respects (the only 4* was given for the need of a sun blind near our table - though we could have moved). Sam and her husband are real professionals and it shows. Will be back anon.

CB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and a lovely menu. A very special 'hidden' secret in Cornwall.

BM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as always, the best venison we've had in a very long time. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Can't wait for our next visit.

KM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam and Ben you are amazing hosts. The food has a unique style and was delicious. The ambience and beautiful surroundings were perfect for a festive family dinner. What a happy, friendly and welcoming team you two are. I will be bringing all my friends here!

CA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit but wont be the last. Food was exceptional, particularly the cheese soufflé! Staff were attentive and friendly. All in all a first class experience. Thank you.

SN
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. The pigeon starter was amazing, the fish was cooked perfectly and the wine was delicious. My favourite meal for a very long time.

CM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to penrose for a birthday treat and was full of expectation. Well we weren't disappointed at all. Penrose kitchen was great, nice warm welcome, not rushed but put at ease and allowed to chill and move to table when ready. Service was excellent, waitress was very pleasant, nit pushy but attentive when needed. Food was absolutely fantastic, tasty and well presented. The deserts were sublime and delicious. Overall cant recommend penrose house highly enough, and will most definitely being going back in the not to distant future, worth every penny, even though we didnt consuder it expensive for the quality of food and service provided.

F
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The food was lovely even though we had all our orders mixed up . Good portion size however we felt there is an update needed (tables , chairs decor ) to match the standards and atmosphere.

IB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we had visited and the quality of the food was superb. A great and varied choice for Sunday Lunch. The lamb was just right and melted in the mouth and apparently the beef was the same. The starters were delicious and thought had been given to providing thoughtful and mouth watering choices. The sweets were great. the chocolate brownie and date sticky toffee kept my companions quiet and there was a lot of murmurmed enjoyment!

DM
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A great find tucked away in Shortlanesend. Small seasonal menu and the drinks were good value with a wide choice. The restaurant was not busy which did mean it was quiet, however, the food was delicious and the service outstanding. To be recommended. If we do not use these lovely restaurants they will not survive.

KS
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From when we walked through the doors we could not have been treated better. The lady was so friendly and chatted to my husband and myself like we were the most important, and had all the time in the world, so rare in this day and age. Even as other customers came in she kept popping back to ensure we were happy and if we wanted to chat she’d oblige us. She was truly excellent. The food, wow! From the starters we had, Pigeon and Pork, both absolutely superb. Then the main courses, braised tongue and hake for myself, cooked to perfection. This guy is truly talented, the flavours were perfect. We never have desert but had to try, I had the cheese board, chosen perfectly and my husband poached pair. Both superb. I never normally leave a review, but I honestly was blown away by everything here. Two very talented people, and we truly appreciated everything here. We will definitely be back!

EB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eight of us eating. Great atmosphere and felt really personal. Parking easy. Can’t fault it in any way.

LM
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and our meals delivered at just the right pace - we weren’t rushed but we also weren’t kept waiting. We all enjoyed a tasty Sunday lunch, starting with the chefs excellent double baked cheese soufflés, then roast beef and pannacotta for dessert. Great value for money, once you’ve eaten here, you will return again and again! Five stars, all the way through!

W
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful evening here. The service and food was first class - you'd pay a fortune for somewhere like this in London. I follow a fairly strict 'clean' diet following serious illness and Penrose Kitchen passed the test on that front! Unfortunately there were no organic wines, but that wasn't a deal-breaker. Thank you very much, we will certainly be returning.

SM
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a most wonderful experience. The food was of the highest quality, background music was pleasant and unobtrusive, it was a wet day so the welcoming warmth was great.
The owners who were also staff could not have been more pleasant and we engaged in delightful banter.
There is really nothing about the whole experience that I can fault and I certainly plan to visit again.

F
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a wonderful evening at Penrose Kitchen. Food and service outstanding. Unfortunately we were the only table in restaurant so creating a vibrant atmosphere difficult. However we were made to feel most welcome and the food was Spectacular. Definitely warrants a further visit

FR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful team delivering delicious food in a fantastic setting. Can’t recommend highly enough

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a lovely restaurant with excellent food, we all had an amazing lunch.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Lovely setting, nice building but lacking in ambience. Food lacking in flavour. Overall disappointed. Service rather slow.

MM
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fabulous in every way. I'm totally addicted to Ben's cheese soufflé despite his valiant attempts to vary the menu ;-) We always enjoy our visits here, which is one of our favourite lunch or dinner spots in Cornwall, regardless of the season. Highly recommend.

JD
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yet another great food day, super service with a smile, look forward to another visit.

PF
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Sunday lunch, nice wine, first rate service - highly recommended!

OT
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant in a great setting. The service is wonderful, felt so welcome. The food is yummy, the ingredients so well prepared, they all stand well individually and together they sing. You can notice that people are glad to work here as you can see it in the service and food.

CB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely meal but I thought pricing was too expensive considering the portion size

MM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, well priced and served by knowledgeable people who cared. We'll be back.

S
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely location overlooking water gardens. Very friendly and helpful staff. I requested a cushion for my elderly mother which was kindly supplied immediately. Delicious meat and vegetables , and enormous Yorkshire puddings. We could have done with more apple sauce with the roast pork. The desserts were delicious.

RT
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great hosts.
We will definitely be back. Really superb Sunday lunch

PP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous! This was our 4th visit and it didn’t disappoint. Sam was her usual friendly chatty self.
The food was superb. We took my brother and wife and they were very impressed.
Hope to go back again soon.

NT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very warm welcome on arrival, we were able to enjoy the last of the sunshine outside overlooking the lake which was very tranquil before eating inside (a little chilly outside once sun had gone). The food was excellent, very tasty and beautifully presented with knowledgeable help from the staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Sam’s cheeseboard was a lovely finale at the end, I really enjoyed discussing all the different cheeses with her that we could pick from. We will be back for a Sunday roast and also for one of the many special taster evenings they put on. Thank you for making our anniversary so special and memorable.

PH
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have introduced many friends to this fabulous restaurant. Its a dining experience that's unforgettable for all the right reasons. Ben and Samantha continue to excel in making your visit a relaxing gastronomic delight.