Penzance, a busy market town and fishing port in the heart of west Cornwall, is a popular destination for those looking to explore to area. If you’re planning your next trip discover the best places to eat in Penzance and our favourite restaurants with our foodie guide series.

The Cornish Barn

The Cornish Barn - Restaurants in Penzance

The Cornish Barn, at the Artist Residence Cornwall, is a stylish and bustling smokehouse and bar on Chapel Street in Penzance. They have an excellent menu of flavoursome and heart dishes made with local ingredients. We recommend trying their famous Beer-Can Chicken, or their delicious Mussels, White Wine, Rosemary, Cream. They’ve recently refurbished their garden, which is beautifully decorated with sofas, bamboo chairs, filament bulb string lights and greenery. They also have a retractable roof and outdoor heaters making it perfect for all weathers.

Main courses range from £13.50 – £20 and Sunday Roasts are £19.50 for two course, and £24.50 for three. They’re open every day from 7:30am – late, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pica Rico

Pica Rico is a newly opened casual dining restaurant in the centre of Penzance. They serve fresh, authentic Mexican food with Japanese influences. They are quickly becoming one of Penzance’s most popular spots with their communal service, their use of fresh local ingredients, and their affordable menu. At breakfasts they serve Chilaquiles with smoked cheddar and free range egg, and their lunchtime rice boxes, with toppings such as Primose Hill pork belly or crispy organic tofu, are extremely popular! In the evening except to find a menu of moorish tacos.

They are open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am – 3pm, and again from 7pm – 9:30pm. They do not take reservations and are not licensed. You may bring your own alcoholic drinks, with a £2.50 per person corkage fee.

The Honey Pot

The Honey Pot - Cafes in Penzance

A visit to The Honey Pot café in Penzance makes your day just a little more special. It’s a charming café with a relaxed atmosphere that serves delicious homemade comfort food. There are sumptuous cakes, a wide selections of teas and coffees, warming soups, hearty meals and several options for special diets such as vegetarians, vegans and those who are gluten free. We recommend trying their famous Homity Pie or one of their delicious homemade lasagnes.

Lunches are priced from £6 – £13 and the cafe opens Monday – Saturday from 8am – 5pm and on Sunday during summer from 10am – 3pm.

The Shore

The Shore Restaurant is a family owned, fine dinning restaurant in Penzance that offers a small seafood menu crafted using the best ingredients of the day. The Head Chef and owner, Bruce Rennie, has run kitchens for some of the best chefs in the country, including the Michelin starred Restaurant, Martin Wishart, in Edinburgh. Their menu features fish from that day’s boats and produce from local farmers. Expect unique and exciting dishes like Monkfish Char siu with broccoli, ginger and shiso and steamed octopus bun with dipping sauce.

Each night they serve a set menu at £59 per head with an optional drinks flight for £36. Booking are required and close at 1pm for the current day. They are open Tuesday – Saturday from 6:30pm- 9pm.

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The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse is a secluded restaurant, that’s hidden down an alleyway on Penzance’s Chapel Street. The alleyway opens out into a pretty courtyard filled light lights and greenery and the restaurant is set on two floors. The Bakehouse has been a well established restaurant in the local community for the past 13 years, and serves a menu of steaks, seafood and British cuisine. We recommend drying to Duck Liver and Port Parfait with Pickle Vegetables, or the 8oz Steak Fillet with Peppercorn Sauce.

Mains cost between £14 and £25. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm – 2pm for lunch, and from 6pm – 9pm for dinner. It is also open on Mondays for dinner between 6pm – 9pm.

Mermaid Alley

The Mermaid Alley is a small, family owned restaurant serving a menu of bold world flavours and comfort foods. They atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and for those with a sweet tooth, they have a selection of delicious cocktails and desserts. We recommend their Braised Lamb Shoulder with Mustard and Leek Rosti or their Brie and Chilli Relish Mushroom with Nettle Cream Pappardelle.

Mains cost around £13 – 16. The restaurant opens Tuesday – Friday from 12 – 3pm for lunch and 5:30pm – 10pm for dinner. On Saturday they open all day from 12 – 10pm.

La Sirena

La Sirena is the sister restaurant of Mermaid Alley and provides a more casual dinning experience. Serving up Mexican comfort food with fresh Cornish ingredients, they cater to meat eaters, veggies and vegans! We recommend the Carnitas Pork Loaded Fries or the Papas Mexicanas Tacos. Enjoy a night out with some of their delicious cocktails, or have a cosy night with with one of their new dirty burgers.

Dishes are priced from £8 – £13 with a £15 taco sharer available on Thursdays. La Sirena opens Thursday – Saturday from 5pm – 10pm to eat in or takeaway.

The Mexico Inn

The Mexico Inn - Restaurants in Penzance

The Mexico Inn is a independently run, family owned pub in Long Rock, just outside of Penzance. Expect delicious, comforting classics, made expertly with fresh ingredients and friendly service. The Mezze Board with chickpea fritters is a highlight for vegetarians and the Brisket and Ale Burger will knock your socks off! There’s a small beer garden out back, which is a bit of a sun trap, making it the perfect stop off for those walking along the coastal path in Mount’s Bay.

Main courses range from £12.75 – £15.50 and Sunday Roasts are £12.50 for one course, and £17.50 for two. They have vegetarian options and are happy to adapt dishes for specific dietary. They’re open every day from 11:30am – late, from 12 on Sunday. We’d recommend booking as this pub is extremely popular.

Tremenheere Kitchen

Tremenheere Kitcehn - Restaurants in Penzance

Tremenheere Kitchen is a family run restaurant at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance. The restaurant’s outdoor seating has wonderful views of St Michael’s Mount and is nestled in with some of Tremenheere’s beautiful sculptures. They make everything themselves, from scratch (except for the ice cream) including freshly baked breads, cakes & scones to our spiced homemade ketchup.

We recommend trying their Oriental duck salad with rice noodles, confit ginger, soy & honey dressing and their Croque monsieur, honey glazed ham & mornay sauce baked in onion seed bread. Mains cost from £10 – £16. They are open daily from 10am – 4pm and on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm – Late during the high season.

Trengwainton Tearooms

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Tregnwainton Tearooms, at The National Trust’s Trengwainton Gardens is a small but lovely cafe with a sun-trap garden and outdoor seating. They serve a variety of homemade foods from cakes and scones as well as a traditional lunch menu which includes; oven baked jacket potatoes, toasted sandwiches and locally baked Panini’s. On their daily specials are soups and other homemade delights. We highly recommend their Cornish cream tea, eaten in the garden on a sunny day, with jam first of course! Their scones are delicious and their portions are generous.

Although the garden is part of the National Trust, the cafe is outside of the admissions gate and can be visited independently of the garden. They are open Sunday to Thursday from 10am – 5pm from February through to October. 

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