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Penrose Kitchen, Truro, Cornwall

Penrose Kitchen

4.7
4.7
371 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.

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Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, British, Fish

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Wed–Sat 18:00–21:00 Sun 12:00–16:00

  • Phone number

    01872 225697

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Ben Harmer

  • Area

    Truro

  • Parking Details

    Penrose Kitchen has a shared car park with approx. 35 car parking spaces.

  • Public Transit

    Approximately 1/2 mile from B3284

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Summer BBQ

    £40.00 per person

    Prepaid

    18 Jun - 19 Jun 2022
    Our Summer BBQ is returning this year for 1 Saturday a month from June until September. Dates are June 18th, July 16th, August 20th and 17th September. Bookings can be made in between 12.00 and 2.30. On the grill, just ask Ben Ben’s Beef Patties, Brioche Buns, Ketchup, Dijon Mayonnaise Primrose Herd Pork Sausages, Crisp Buns, Red Onion Jam Scampi Monkfish, Salsa Verde Vegetable Kebabs, Chimichurri Cajun BBQ Butternut Squash, Cajun Mayonnaise Salad Buffet Marinated Heritage Tomatoes Baby Gem, Honey Vinaigrette Cucumber, Feta, Mint, Lime Zest Sweet Potato & Pecan Nuts, Parsley Pudding Station Baked Blueberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake, Blueberry Compote Zesty Lemon Tart, Berry Compote, Chantilly Cream
  • SUMMER BBQ

    £40.00 per person

    Prepaid

    20 Aug - 21 Aug 2022
    Our Summer BBQ is returning this year once a month from June until September. On the grill Beef Patties, Brioche Buns, Ketchup, Dijon Mayonnaise Primrose Herd Sausages, Buns, Red Onion Jam Scampi Monkfish, Salsa Verde Vegetable Kebabs, Chimichurri Cajun BBQ Butternut Squash, Cajun Mayonnaise Salad Buffet Marinated Heritage Tomatoes Baby Gem, Honey Vinaigrette Cucumber, Feta, Mint, Lime Zest Sweet Potato & Pecan Nuts, Parsley Pudding Station Baked Blueberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake, Blueberry Compote Lemon Tart, Berry Compote, Chantilly Cream The menu can be adapted to allow for any allergies/intolerances. Please let us know at the time of booking.
  • SUMMER BBQ

    £40.00 per person

    Prepaid

    17 Sept - 18 Sept 2022
    Our Summer BBQ is returning this year once a month from June until September. On the grill Beef Patties, Brioche Buns, Ketchup, Dijon Mayonnaise Primrose Herd Sausages, Buns, Red Onion Jam Scampi Monkfish, Salsa Verde Vegetable Kebabs, Chimichurri Cajun BBQ Butternut Squash, Cajun Mayonnaise Salad Buffet Marinated Heritage Tomatoes Baby Gem, Honey Vinaigrette Cucumber, Feta, Mint, Lime Zest Sweet Potato & Pecan Nuts, Parsley Pudding Station Baked Blueberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake, Blueberry Compote Lemon Tart, Berry Compote, Chantilly Cream The menu can be adapted to allow for any allergies/intolerances. Please let us know at the time of booking.

Popular dishes

Menu

Lunch menu available Wednesday – Saturday 12.00 – 2.00. 2 courses £20.50, 3 courses £25.50. From 1St April 2022 2 Courses £21, 3 Courses £26.50. (2 courses minimum)

Starters

  • Primrose Herd Pig's Cheek

    Hog's Pudding, Spring Onion, Peanuts, Chicken Stock

    • Chargrilled Octopus

      Salted Cucumber, Gem Lettuce, Lemon Olive Oil

      • Twice Baked Davidstow Cheddar Soufflé

        Trewithen Double Cream, Parsley

        • Cornish Plaice & Potato Cakes

          Tomato & Chive Dressing, Soft Herbs

          Mains

          • Hake Fillet & Porthilly Mussel Curry

            Tomato & Coconut, Steamed Lime Rice, Pickled Shallot, Coriander

            • Etherington's Blade of Beef

              Fondant Potato, Trerair Farm Cavolo Nero, Red Wine Sauce, Roasted Carrots

              • Wing of St Mawes Plaice

                Buttered New Potatoes, Beurre Blanc, Wilted Baby Spinach, Roasted Butternut Squash

                • Roasted Wild Mushrooms

                  Gnocchi, Grana Padano, Parsley, Pine Nuts, Truffle Oil, Curly Kale

                  Puddings

                  • Ben's Sticky Toffee Pudding

                    Toffee Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream

                    • Cornish Cheeses

                      Keltic Gold, Cornish Blue, Apple Chutney, Miller's Damsel Biscuits

                      • Warm Dark Chocolate Tart

                        Mango Sorbet, White Chocolate Sauce

                        • Chilled Poached Pear

                          Poached Prunes, Stem Ginger Ice Cream

                          Last updated: 16 March 2022

                          What 371 people are saying

                          Overall ratings and reviews

                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                          4.7
                          4.7 based on recent ratings
                          • 4.7Food
                          • 4.8Service
                          • 4.6Ambience
                          • 4.6Value

                          NoiseModerate

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                          • Cornwall

                            Best Overall

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                            Best Ambience

                          • Cornwall

                            Best Value

                          • Cornwall

                            Fit for Foodies

                          • Cornwall

                            Healthy

                          • Cornwall

                            Lunch

                          • Cornwall

                            Notable Wine List

                          • Cornwall

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                          • Cornwall

                            Romance

                          • Cornwall

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                          • South Coast

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                          1. TP

                            ThePoorEnglishman

                            Las Vegas

                            23 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            23 reviews

                            Dined 3 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            We come to Penrose Kitchen most times we visit Cornwall. The food is always of a very high standard, not your average rush and go food service. Attention to detail and the friendly service is one of the reasons we keep returning.

                          2. NW

                            NickW

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined 3 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            What a find! The Penrose Kitchen takes diners on a whole new level of culinary experience. The food is to die for and the service is both professional and yet extremely friendly. What's not to like, totally recommended and will definitely be returning.

                          3. SC

                            SueC

                            Devon

                            5 reviews

                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined 3 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Enjoyed a lovely lunch with my friends the food as usual was excellent

                          4. KM

                            KathrynM

                            Devon

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined 4 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Another fabulous lunch. It is such a lovely place, great food and service. You must try it. I heartily recommend it

                          5. D

                            Doris

                            Devon

                            1 review

                            1.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                            overall1food1service5ambience4

                            I think we were a second sitting because we felt everything has been reheated. The potatoes were tough, yorkshire puddings cold and the beef overcooked. Very disappointing as we have eaten here many times and the food was excellent, but this was our first Sunday Lunch.

                          6. K

                            stephenK

                            West Sussex

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 12 May 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Fantastic food and service in a beautiful location. Michelin Star quality food, without the prices and stuffiness.

                          7. JS

                            JuneS

                            Devon

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 8 May 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent restaurant for a special occasion, lovely surroundings and first class food and staff. Would highly recommend.

                          8. RP

                            RaymondP

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 7 May 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Superb food served by caring staff, I would highly recommend eating here. The restaurant is situated in a beautiful location where you can stroll around the gardens and ponds before or after eating.

                          9. DS

                            DavidS

                            Devon

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 5 May 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            An absolutely wonderful lunch. Four of us ate, and between us had a fair selection from the menu. The cheese soufflé was delicious! Very friendly people, beautiful setting - an ideal day.

                          10. L

                            Lynn

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 27 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We very much enjoyed our first visit here and will be back. Exceptional friendly and warm welcome and service. Food amazing - cheese soufflé to die for and the wine was top notch too.

                          11. LP

                            LouiseP

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 27 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Lovely restaurant with outside seating. We had the two course lunch option which was excellent. I can highly recommend the twice baked cheese soufflé. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and very professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Penrose Kitchen.

                          12. NP

                            NicholaP

                            Devon

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 22 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent food, beautifully cooked and presented using top quality ingredients. Fantastic service Very welcoming Lovely atmosphere Dining room is spotlessly clean and beautifully presented.

                          13. B

                            Bribishuk

                            Cornwall

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 22 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Everything was very good. The only improvement for myself would be and additional meat choice. Extremely good service

                          14. NG

                            NickiG

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 22 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Fabulous friendly service, incredible food - what more could we ask for! Will definitely return :)

                          15. HW

                            HeatherW

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 17 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Fabulous food as always, superb friendly service and everything in a beautiful setting

                          16. AH

                            ArthurH

                            Bath

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 14 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Good food, excellent service, convenient parking. Will come back

                          17. KJ

                            KateJ

                            Devon

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on 9 April 2022

                            overall5food4service4ambience5

                            Lovely restaurant where you can hear yourself speak. Good service, although it took a little while for our pre-dinner drinks to arrive. Very nice food and delicious cocktails.

                          18. AT

                            AnnetteT

                            Devon

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 9 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We had the most fabulous meal. Faultless We can’t wait to return. The menu sup been. We couldn’t decide so shared each course so we could enjoy the flavours. We can’t recommend more highly.

                          19. t

                            tonyb

                            Cornwall

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 8 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Wonderful food and lovely host and waiter. Will be back.

                          20. s

                            saintburyan

                            Devon

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on 7 April 2022

                            overall5food5service4ambience3

                            A warm reception from hostess and chef (as usual). Tables well spaced out though one or two noisy guests whose conversation could be clearly heard from across the room detracted a little (noise subsided markedly when their food arrived). Our food was excellent and could not be faulted. We look forward to our next visit.

                          21. DM

                            DianaM

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 6 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            it had a warm inviting atmosphere. The service was exceptional. The whole experience was relaxed and friendly. The food was cooked to our requirements. The cheese souffle was mouth watering, as was the monk fish. My companion has the scallops, followed by the venison, both of which she could not fault. I shall certainly visit again and have already recommended it to my family and friends Thank you Penrose Kitchen for an exceptional evening

                          22. WH

                            WendyH

                            Cornwall

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on 2 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            On arrival we were welcomed and never felt rushed. Staff are very helpful and allowed us time to choose from an excellent menu. The food was excellent, as indeed it always is. This has become our “go-to restaurant of choice” and I would recommend it to anyone.

                          23. AK

                            AlisterK

                            Exclusive

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 2 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Superb food and very nice atmosphere and excellent service. An all round great experience.

                          24. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 1 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent food.. very friendly and welcoming.

                          25. MP

                            MandyP

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 1 April 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            This is a gem of a restaurant with a very talented chef and delightful service. The atmosphere is very relaxed yet feels special, it's warm and welcoming. We enjoyed a three course lunch which was a real treat and superb value for money. Fresh produce beautifully prepared and presented and it was absolutely delicious! Penrose Kitchen is situated only 3 miles from Truro and well signposted with lots of parking when you arrive. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for really good quality food and a lovely atmosphere .

                          26. PT

                            PaulT

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 30 March 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent food, all fresh and locally sourced. The whole experience was very good. Fine dining at its best. I’d certainly recommend and visit again soon.

                          27. HM

                            HMReviews

                            Dallas

                            20 reviews

                            3.0

                            20 reviews

                            Dined on 30 March 2022

                            overall3food3service4ambience3

                            Went in late March so place was not buzzing. Food was good but not wowing as expected from reading reviews. The service and ambiance was great. Would like to come back and experience the place in the summer - give it another chance during on-season.

                          28. LL

                            LucyL

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 24 March 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Beautiful food every time! And the welcome and service throughout is so great! The sun shine so we were able to enjoy the outside eating area and the views across the lily ponds. Thank you Penrose Kitchen

                          29. AP

                            AndrewP

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 20 March 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent quality food in lovely surroundings . Third time now and looking forward to the next

                          30. M

                            Mami

                            Cornwall

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 18 March 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Lovely evening and very good meal. For short people the chairs are a little low - I had to ask for a cushion

                          31. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Cornwall

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 18 March 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Our 2nd visit to Penrose. Easy parking, responsive friendly welcome, nicely distanced tables, very friendly and knowledgable maitre d. Really great, well prepared tasty food and nice drinks.

                          32. GB

                            GaryB

                            Cornwall

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 5 March 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We were very pleased with all aspects of our dining experience at Penrose Kitchen. The food was excellent, staff were very friendly and service was just perfect. We enjoyed it that much we immediately booked a second visit.

                          33. PW

                            PaulineW

                            Devon

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 4 March 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Once again our dining experience was excellent. One of the few places in Truro we would continue to support.

                          34. SS

                            SueS

                            Surrey

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 4 March 2022

                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                            Such a warm welcome and exceptional service throughout our visit. Lovely setting - we look forward to visiting in warmer months and enjoying the terrace. Great food - outstanding cheese soufflés! All delicious, though my pan seared broccoli was just a little too charred for my taste. In short - we WILL be back, and would highly recommend.

                          35. KH

                            KathrynH

                            Warwickshire

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on 2 March 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            I can’t speak highly enough of this wonderful dining experience. Everything about Penrose is excellent from the warm welcome, the incredible food to relaxing in the lounge area with a coffee by the fire. We want to live there! Thank you for making our friend’s special day extra special.

                          36. EW

                            EmilyW

                            Yorkshire

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 27 February 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Absolutely beautiful! We had the 3 course Sunday Lunch menu.

                          37. SC

                            SueC

                            Devon

                            5 reviews

                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on 27 February 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The staff were excellent they greeted us at the door and really looked after us, nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent nice and hot and nicely presented. It is excellent value for money and would highly recommend a visit.

                          38. S

                            Saaba

                            Devon

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 24 February 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Amazing food and excellent customer service. Can’t wait to go back there

                          39. A

                            Appletree

                            Devon

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 12 February 2022

                            overall5food3service5ambience5

                            The starters & mains were very good but the desserts were very disappointing at £9 each - the rhubarb was very hard, so a fight to cut with a fork & spoon and the mango purée with the chocolate brownie was so bitter it was inedible.

                          40. MD

                            MathewD

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 12 February 2022

                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                            Lovely place; attentive staff, very good service despite one hiccup with the wrong item on the menu. My wife’s soufflé starter was amazing, although the scallop and black pudding I wound up with left me a bit flat. My duck main was cooked to perfection however, and she loved her lemon soul, so 3 out of 4 plates were luscious. And the desserts were dreamy. Pricy, but worth it for a special night out.

                          Safety precautions

                          • Cleaning & sanitising

                            • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                            • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                            • Contactless payment available
                          • Screening

                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                          FAQs

                          Penrose Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 371 OpenTable diners.

                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                          Booked 7 times today
                          Experiences are available.
                          Google Map for Penrose Kitchen

                          School Hill Shortlanesend Truro, Cornwall TR4 9ES

                          Additional information

                          • Area

                            Truro

                          • Hours of Operation

                            Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Wed–Sat 18:00–21:00 Sun 12:00–16:00

                          • Cuisines

                            Contemporary European, British, Fish

                          • Dining style

                            Casual Elegant

                          • Dress Code

                            Smart Casual

                          • Parking Details

                            Penrose Kitchen has a shared car park with approx. 35 car parking spaces.

                          • Public Transit

                            Approximately 1/2 mile from B3284

                          • Payment Options

                            MasterCard, Visa

                          • Executive Chef

                            Ben Harmer

                          • Additional

                            Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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