The Victoria Inn

Perranuthnoe, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 9NP
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The Victoria Inn, Penzance

Smart food by the sea at The Victoria Inn

This bubblegum-pink pub in the coastal village of Perranuthnoe is one of Cornwall’s oldest inns, yet it’s where chef manager Matthew Rowe is turning out some of the best contemporary cooking in the county.

The 12th-century inn has welcomed, fed and sheltered travellers and locals for hundreds of years, and its exposed-stone walls, wonky floors and low ceilings are testament to its rich history. While its original features are part of the charm, Matthew and team have tastefully refurbished the three guest rooms and added contemporary touches to complement the polished cooking.

Matthew’s dishes are based around local and sustainable produce, so the menus shift and change most days, dependent on suppliers. Being so close to the shore (The Victoria Inn is a five-minute walk from the South West Coast Path) means fish and seafood take starring roles in dishes such as tian of Cornish white crab with fennel, tomato, citrus dressing and brown-crab bruschetta.

While the food is smart, the vibe remains casual. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the bar where the team serve a good selection of local ales and Cornish ciders, as well as a carefully considered wine list.

In summer, The Victoria Inn’s secluded beer garden buzzes with chatter. Food and drinks are served alfresco until the sun sets and the revellers head home. In winter, a roaring fire entices patrons to stick around for a post-dinner digestif in the cosy bar.

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Chef(s): Matthew Rowe
3 course dinner from: £30
Seats: 60
Bedrooms:  3
Room rate from: £120
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