Where to Eat in Penzance: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 1, 2017 Janette Largent

Penzance (/pɛnˈzæns/ pen-ZANSS; Cornish: Pennsans) is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. It is the most westerly major town in Cornwall and is about 75 miles (121 km) west of Plymouth and 300 miles (480 km) west-southwest of London. Situated in the shelter of Mount's Bay, the town faces south-east onto the English Channel, is bordered to the west by the fishing port of Newlyn, to the north by the civil parish of Madron and to the east by the civil parish of Ludgvan.
Things to do in Penzance

1. The Bakehouse Restaurant

Chapel Street | Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AE, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa Steakhouse, British, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$275 - HK$330 +44 1736 331331
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 833 reviews

The Bakehouse Restaurant

Set on two floors and in an idyllic palm tree and twinkly light filled courtyard, the Bakehouse has been a part of the local community for the past 15 years. New owners Kim Letchford and Gary Francis took over on the 14th February 2017. Kim started working here over 8 years ago, when she did her work experience for school. She went on to study catering at the local college for 3 years and worked at the Bakehouse for most of that time as a chef, taking time out to work abroad. Gary for the past 6 years has been the sous chef at The very well known gastro pub The Victoria Inn, in Perranuthnoe. They are both very enthusiastic and innovative creating new and exciting dishes for their guests. They look forward to welcoming you to their restaurant to enjoy good food in a friendly modern restaurant.

Reviewed By Mike G

Found this place on a wet night on our way to the Scillies... it was empty and pretty dark.. but open and Wow what a treat... really friendly, made us welcome and relaxed. The food was really good from start to finish - and the house wine a real treat.. unbelievable... wish we had more time... It's a great spot and worth seeking out in its hidden alleyway...

2. Thai Moon

2 Alexandra Road | The Promenade, Penzance TR18 4LY, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +44 1736 369699
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 213 reviews

Thai Moon

Reviewed By Gloucestercouple - Gloucester, England

my wife and myself had dinner here and enjoyed it immensely ,the food was good, service superb and the wine was reasonably priced, what more could you want.
The waitress and the owner were friendly and chatted when they had time and the decor is typically Thai. Highly recommended.

3. Alverne

30 Alverton Street, Penzance TR18 2QN, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night 01736-36-60-07
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 213 reviews

Alverne

Reviewed By allus - Edinburgh

This place was recommended by the person I was staying with and my stop to have coffee in the day augured well for an evening visit. Staff are easy going and friendly and the local food was well made, generous and delicious with a good and varied selection.

4. Duke Street Cafe

7 Duke Street, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5JA, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 1736 368000
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Duke Street Cafe

Come visit us at Duke Street and enjoy a warm welcome, good coffee, breakfasts, lunches or indulge in some homemade afternoon cakes.

Reviewed By Chatz2014 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

This really is one of the best cafes I've ever come across. Last Sunday I had their big breakfast which was just magnificently cooked and presented with really nice strong black coffee. The ambience, food and the service spot-on and the location great, top marks all round. A place I intend to revisit many more times.

5. Trengwainton Tearooms

Madron Road, Penzance TR20 8UH, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Brunch HK$63 - HK$165 +44 1736 331717
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 187 reviews

Trengwainton Tearooms

Reviewed By Andrew G - York

In the debit column: the tables are too close together and the food expensive. In the credit column: produce from the adjacent garden is used; the cafe and outside tables are spotlessly clean; and there is a good range of teas, including a nice decaff option. If you know what time you'll be visiting, I'd suggest reserving a table.

6. Old Lifeboat House Bistro

Wharf Road, Penzance TR18 4AA, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$385 +44 1736 369409
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 886 reviews

Old Lifeboat House Bistro

Reviewed By Lauis25 - Mexico City, Mexico

We were a walk in during St valentines and one of the owners set a table for us, which was very kind since we didn’t have a booking. The pie was absolutely delightful, the best full-of-fish pie I had eaten. Defiantly be visiting it again when we’re back here.

7. Lewis Fish and Chips

Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, England Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Fast Food, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1736 364726
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

Lewis Fish and Chips

Reviewed By chellepenzance - Penzance, United Kingdom

Great good and good portion sizes. Pr8ces are average but fish is huge. Always have a good local catch. Parking is an issue but a small carpark nearby

8. The Mexico Inn

4 Riverside | Long Rock, Penzance TR20 8JD, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1736 710625
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 208 reviews

The Mexico Inn

The Mexico Inn is a lovingly renovated, traditional village pub, serving up fresh food and local drinks in a stunning location with a laid back atmosphere. This is a pub for eaters, drinkers, walkers, windsurfers, cake addicts, real ale fans, dog lovers, caffeine fiends, locals, visitors, families and friends - so come in, get comfy and make yourself at home.

Reviewed By MelanieDoudou

It was my first time at the Mexico Inn after months of friends telling me it was amazing and I really ought to go! So glad I did. The food was absolutely amazing, I tried 4 starters and three mains and everything was fantastic. The chocolate bread and butter pudding with crème anglaise and praline Ice cream (need I say more) was the most delicious dessert. Wide range of veggie options, wonderful drinks. Great efficient friendly service. Awesome place. Even the decor is so tasteful and cosy. Loved it!

9. Canapes and Deli Shop

39 Causewayhead, Penzance TR18 2ST, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Polish, Cafe, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1736 438293
Excellent
95%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 178 reviews

Canapes and Deli Shop

Reviewed By Tony S - Penzance

We eat here every week. The Polish food is excellent. Authentic recipes. High quality ingredients. Generous helpings and good value for money. Open in the evenings and a very attractive Christmas menu. Only surprise is it’s not packed every day- yet! Try it for yourselves.

10. The Front Room Penzance

83 Market Jew Street | ., Penzance TR18 2LG, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$102 +44 1736 448681
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 320 reviews

The Front Room Penzance

We are a welcoming, friendly, happy cafe-bar serving some of the best local produce in Cornwall. We serve specialty coffee from Origin Coffee Roasters, our meat is from our Local Butcher (Harvey Brothers) our bread comes daily from Baker Toms in Falmouth and our vegetables are all locally sourced. We offer wines and ciders from Polgoon Vineyard right here in Penzance and we have beers from St Austell Brewery and Keltek Brewery. We love dogs and have areas where you can relax with your four legged friend (plus Katie, one of our owners, is likely to give them a treat or two). We have a laid-back atmosphere whether you are in to read the papers, catch up with friends over a cocktail, or even a business meeting, we are here to look after you. We can take Reservations and are even open for private hire, contact us for more details.

Reviewed By Graham M - Penzance

A lunch break from Christmas shopping and we were both really impressed. As well as the usual relaxed and convivial atmosphere with its quirky raw decor, our light lunches ware really tasty. Smashed Avocado and poached eggs on sourdough with bacon and a dressed salad garnish was absolutely yummy and the avocado chicken mayo and bacon Sandwich was a very tasty and very generous. This will become a regular lunchtime haunt from now on.

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