Penrose Kitchen

School Hill, Shortlandsend, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 9ES
Penrose Kitchen, Truro, dining

Waterside dining at Penrose Kitchen

Penrose Kitchen may be a mere 15-minute drive from city centre Truro but, thanks to its entirely rural setting and surrounding lily ponds and water gardens, it feels a million miles from the bustle of Cornwall’s capital.

Consider this your easy-peasy escape to the country where you can feast on accomplished yet pleasingly unfussy cooking in a tranquil, natural environment. Penrose Kitchen has plenty of room inside (and tables are well spaced out) but, in good weather, there’s the opportunity to dine alfresco on a terrace surrounded by lush greenery and overlooking lily ponds.

Owner Sam Harmer runs front of house with delightful warmth, and the resulting relaxed vibe makes a great setting for the accomplished cooking of her partner chef-owner Ben Harmer. Ben’s worked at a number of high calibre establishments including The Savoy and Le Gavroche, but pares back the fripperies here and walks the line between fine dining and crowd-pleasing with ease. House highlights include the splendid sticky toffee pudding and an oozingly unctuous cheese soufflé – neither of which should be missed. These faves sit alongside fresh fish and local meat and game (the venison is especially noteworthy).

Sample menu

Starter: Robbie Wing’s char-grilled octopus, pickled cucumber, parmesan, squid ink

Main: Roasted Penrose Gardens beetroot, sage orzo, lemon olive oil, Cornish Blue, brazil nuts, soft herbs

Dessert: Warm almond and peach cake, thyme roasted peach, Trewithen clotted cream, flaked almonds

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Chef(s): Ben Harmer
  course lunch from: £
3 course dinner from: £38
Seats: 40
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