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Penrose Kitchen, Truro, Cornwall

Penrose Kitchen

4.8
4.8
485 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Lounge, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–1:30 pm Wed–Sat 6:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01872 225697

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ben Harmer

  • Neighborhood

    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

What 485 people are saying

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • Cornwall

    Best Service

  • Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • Cornwall

    Best Value

  • Cornwall

    Healthy

  • Cornwall

    Great for Lunch

  • Cornwall

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Cornwall

    Notable Wine List

  • Cornwall

    Outdoor Dining

  • Cornwall

    Romantic

  • Cornwall

    Special Occasion

  • Cornwall

    Sunday Lunch

  • South Coast

    Best Overall

  • South Coast

    Best Food

  • South Coast

    Best Service

  • South Coast

    Best Ambiance

  • South Coast

    Best Value

  • South Coast

    Fit for Foodies

  • South Coast

    Great for Lunch

  • South Coast

    Neighborhood Gem

  • South Coast

    Romantic

  • South Coast

    Special Occasion

  • South Coast

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  1. MH

    MandiH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were meeting with five friends (all live in Cornwall) since we moved away a few years ago. This was the perfect place. Excellent food and so nice to have a choice for vegetarians. Lovely dining area with a comfortable pre dinner seating area. Liked the way an empty part of the restaurant had been divided off so that there was a cosy feel to our dining on a quiet night. Service was excellent as well so, all in all, we plan to come back on our next Cornish visit.
  2. GW

    GaryW

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Lovely fine dining. Beautiful interior, friendly professional staff. Would definitely recommend. Needs a better extractor fan to take away kitchen smoke as it drifts into the restaurant.
  3. d

    davidr

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the top restaurant in the Truro area at present and definitely worth seeking out - that is if you haven't been yet. Quality ingredients used with imagination. Ben and Sam are excellent hosts too.
  4. R

    Rossy

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favourite restaurant bar none!! Food, service, ambience; exceptional!!
  5. WM

    WayneM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited for a birthday lunch. Everything about our visit was pure perfection, each course beautifully presented and tasted superb, service friendly and spot on. Thank you for a joyful lunch.
  6. SH

    SyedH

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food with excellent service with reasonable price tag
  7. K

    Kerry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre starter cocktails in the chilled lounge area, wood burner fire really sets the atmosphere. Sam is so friendly and attentive & always makes you feel so welcome like your part of the family. "Double baked Cheese souffle" need I say more, absolutely deliciously devine & a must. Any main dish you will not be disappointed Ben the chef really knows his stuff & you can taste the passion he has in every bite. The sticky Toffee pudding is to die for so rich,moist, & indulgent, I would book just for that alone. It speaks volumes when you can't wait to rebook just to experience the whole thing again. Love Love Love this place.
  8. LT

    LizT

    Devon

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Incredible value for money.
  9. AW

    AndrewW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal at Penrose Kitchen. Ben is a great chef and sensibly for a one-man kitchen, keeps his menu brief with four choices per course. Food is Michelin quality but better-than-Michelin portion sizes. Three course lunch for £27 is tremendous value. Sam couldn't be friendlier front of house and the ambience and decor of the restaurant are superb. Good luck to both of you with this venture.
  10. f

    foodie7

    Devon

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed or evening at Penrose Kitchen. Food was delicious, great ambience and can’t to wait to return.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    The beef was not good my wife thought it was the worst
  12. KA

    KarenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply superb, from food, wine ambience and service. Wow thought a restaurant like this, was way in the past. Thank you.
  13. J

    John

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was just right for the occasion - first class.
  14. MM

    MichelleM

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as ever. One of our all time favourite eateries in Cornwall and we're very lucky to only live 20 minutes away. Who can resist Ben's award winning cheese soufflé (and if it isn't - it should be)?! 5 gold stars from me (and I'm super fussy). My husband loves all of the fish dishes and the wonderful wine list, curated under Sam's eagle eye and cheeky smile. Always such a lovely ambience with friendly people in a relaxing informal setting.
  15. SK

    SophieKM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love dining at Penrose Kitchen. Apart from the warm and friendly ambiance, the locally sourced and impeccably prepared many never disappoints us!
  16. P

    Paul

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Penrose Kitchen never dissapoints. In fact we really look forward to our visits. Ben is a fantastic and inventive chef using local produce and Sam is the ultimate front of house. It's why keep coming.
  17. H

    Herbs

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful lunch last Friday. Our table allowed us to see into the kitchen which was a fascinating bonus. The well thought through, balanced lunch menu, using seasonal produce, was exactly what we had hoped for and we were not disappointed. There were a couple of surprises on the menu, which set Penrose Kitchen apart from so many other restaurants. Great to have the opportunity to choose something different if you want to. My grilled Octopus starter was a delicious treat. The carrots accompanying my Hake were so good I had to ask for the recipe. If you like good food, great service and an unpretentious, relaxed atmosphere, then this restaurant is for you.
  18. D

    Dukie

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No change from previous occasions. No difference from previous occasions. My star rating should be enough.
  19. GS

    GeorginaS

    Devon

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our go to place for a special meal out. It is not "just" food here but a delightful evening out. You are not rushed and can enjoy the excellent food and your company in a lovely ambience.
  20. HW

    HelenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Lovely dining experience. Service was very attentive without being overbearing. We were made to feel very welcome and the food was excellent. Would highly recommend a visit.
  21. R

    Rossy

    Buckinghamshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing meal at Penrose Kitchen; Cornish Lemon Sole and Steak for mains; so good. Service brilliant as usual.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Sunday lunch!
  23. BJ

    BevJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are a number of very good establishments at differing levels of cuisine in this part of Cornwall but this stands apart - exceptional
  24. D

    Doodlegirl

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Truro. Food outstanding. Service friendly and efficient. Fish and venison main courses were cooked to perfection. Will definitely return to enjoy the lunchtime service. Highly recommend.
  25. p

    paulh

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Brilliant and interesting menu well cooked and presented. Our second visit after a 2 year gap and high standards maintained.
  26. CA

    ChristineA

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and very good food. I particularly enjoyed our starter of Cuttlefish, really delicious. Would definitely recommend and return next time we’re in Cornwall.
  27. PH

    PatriciaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A most enjoyable lunch, very friendly, great service, nothing too much trouble. Food delicious, will return.
  28. GB

    GeorgeB

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Sunday roast. Fresh perfectly cooked veggies. Lots of good gravy. A huge Yorkshire, beef and roasties- excellent. Friendly service too.
  29. AW

    AnitaW

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Penrose Kitchen . Food so delicious , restaurant inside very beautiful done and service very friendly. Definitely be back for a evening meal. Xx
  30. DK

    DanK

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Absolutely brilliant lunch, would recommend for any occasion. The team were amazingly accommodating to allergies. Thank you Sam and Ben, hopefully see you next time we are in Cornwall
  31. RR

    RitaRM

    Cornwall

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tricky to find, but oh so worth the effort! Spaciously spaced tables, cosy welcome area, linen napkins, huge and very interesting drinks menu, wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable service, and the food! Such cleverly paired ingredients.The homemade bread! I'll stop before I get overexcited! I don't usually write reviews, but for you guys I'm more then happy to make an exception. Fabulous!
  32. LK

    LiamK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great all round place would recommend, can be a little slow when full but the food was outstanding and worth the wait.
  33. MJ

    MartinJ

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Large lounge area with wood burner in the winter. Main dining area tables well-spaced for privacy. If the weather is good, lovely outdoor decked eating area overlooking the vast lily ponds the area is known for
  34. JP

    JeremyP

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and wine list. Never disappoints. One of our favourite spots.
  35. CA

    ChrisA

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food excellent in quality taste and presentation , all local produce cooked to order to exceptional high standard . The old saying you get what you pay for applies not a cheap night out but worth every penny in our view . Staff attentive friendly who made you feel like old friends bravo.
  36. M

    Mickle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    After a really lovely first course sadly the main course was disappointing.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual 😊
  38. AJ

    AlanJ

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent, service was a little slow, but they did have a full house. Will definitely book a table next time we are in Cornwall. I had the Hake, best Hake I have tasted for a long time.
  39. P

    Paul

    Cornwall

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Penrose is a hidden gem. Ben is a great chef and Sam is wonderful front of house. Just go.
  40. M

    Molly89

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, cheddar soufflé was absolutely delicious. Sunday roast beef as main course was ok, as vegetables were a bit hit and miss for me, nice red cabbage and carrots but bland broccoli and roast potatoes however the addition of extra gravy was a nice touch and the beef was really tasty

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Penrose Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 485 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Penrose Kitchen

School Hill, Shortlanesend, Truro, Cornwall TR4 9ES

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Truro

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–1:30 pm Wed–Sat 6:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Lounge, Seafood

  • 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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