Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Penzance
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Penzance restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 13 restaurants in Penzance and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Penzance restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Penzance Restaurants
1. The Shore Fish & seafood restaurant in Penzance 13-14 Alverton Street - TR18
“Bruce Rennie is a wizard with fish, which is fresh from day boats in nearby Newlyn” – the reason to discover this small, modern bistro. “He now only offers a set, taster-style menu, but the food is brilliant considering it is only him at the stoves. Well worth a visit, but booking is absolutely essential”.
2. Victoria Inn British, Modern restaurant in Perranuthnoe
Ancient, low-ceilinged coastal Cornish pub, not far from St Michael’s Mount, with a sunny beer garden. The food has been well-rated in recent times, but reports last year – which saw the departure of chef Nik Boyle to start his own (short-lived) venture in Falmouth – have been a little more up-and-down, so we’ve left a rating till next year.
3. The Old Coastguard British, Modern restaurant in Mousehole The Parade - TR19
A “perfect setting” looking out to the sea and St Michael’s Mount awaits at this “laidback”, boutique-ish hotel dining room, where the current regime – shared with the Gurnard’s Head – turn out “exceedingly tasty” fish-centric food. In June 2019, there was a fire, and until early 2020, the Old Coastguard team was cooking at The Vault (17-18 Market Pl, Penzance TR18 2JP - tel 01736 733033).
4. Tolcarne Inn Fish & seafood restaurant in Penzance Tolcarne Pl - TR18
The “freshest seafood right off the boat from Newlyn Harbour” is the formula behind Ben Tunnicliffe’s “fantastic” boozer, occupying a 300-year-old inn on the harbour.
5. The Cornish Hen Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Penzance 27 Market Place - TR18
2019 Review: “The sign says the best coffee in Penzance and the sign is not wrong”. “Generally described as a deli but it’s really a café selling food on the side. A pleasant place to eat, drink and watch the world passing by”.
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