Discovering unique and inspiring businesses in the bohemian centres of Penzance and Newlyn.
This oasis of calm is a place where the simple pleasures of food, drink and convivial chatter are its beating heart. Hannah Lamiroy and her family have transformed an old industrial warehouse in the artisan quarter of Penzance into a restaurant-come-wine bar-come-deli where food is honest and drinks are special, as it’s also the home of Tinkture, Hannah’s own recipe organic Cornish pink gin
A little further afield and Brew Café at Trereife House is a place to rest and refuel with coffee and cake or a light lunch. With vegan options and championing local producers such as Jack’s Kombucha this little haven is making a name for itself amongst the area’s vibrant café culture. Visit on the first Saturday of each month and you’ll also be treated to the Brew Farmers Market.
With a collection of sub-tropical plants that has been accumulating since the 1880s – gifts from local estates to this town centre oasis – Morrab Gardens’ meandering paths lead from an iconic bandstand on to palm groves and a walled garden. Evoking Victorian splendour and the feel of Mediterranean shores, this is a place for quiet contemplation.
Tucked away at the top of Causeway Head in Penzance, Barton Books was heralded by The Guardian as a ‘glorious mix of art, nature and miscellany’, stocking both new and second hand books whose subjects centre on landscape, with core themes being art, travel, nature and place. The shelves are expertly curated by owner Barry Stinton, whose in-depth bookselling knowledge makes for a bibliographic emporium like no other.
This incredible art deco, sea water lido is one of Penzance’s iconic landmarks. Saved from disrepair by a charitable community benefit society, it is now in its 87th year and is the largest sea water pool in the UK. With a heated section added in 2020, warmed by geothermal energy using sustainable heat pumps and the first of its kind in the country, the pool is now able to open for year-round bathing.
At the heart of the town, The Acorn has become synonymous with an extensive and innovative programme of live music, comedy, theatre and performing arts. Housed in a former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, the theatre is a vital venue for performers and artists in west Cornwall. The theatre also offers workshops and classes from circus skills and dance classes to the more meditative practices of mindful reading and creative writing.
With two sites, one in Newlyn and The Exchange in Penzance, this pair of exhibition spaces present contemporary artwork in all its forms by regional, national and international artists. With a supporting programme of events, the exhibitions are internationally recognised. As its name suggests, The Exchange was formerly the town’s telephone exchange and the building retains an industrial feel juxtaposed by a striking glass façade.
This is a much-anticipated annual celebration of mid-summer that sees the town of Penzance throng with events, performances and parades. Beginning in the last two weeks of June, the festival culminates in Mazey Day where local schools and community groups construct impressive paper sculptures that are paraded through the streets to a backdrop of local music and dancers.
In response to a lack of diverse film offerings in Cornwall, Newlyn Filmhouse is an independent destination arthouse cinema with its own delightful restaurant and bar. Housed in a converted fish cellar and smokery whose granite walls date back to 1876, showings combine the latest blockbusters with world cinema, independent films, documentaries and live transmissions of opera, ballet and theatre.
Just a short stroll from Newyln’s filmhouse, Jelberts has been selling award-winning ice cream for generations. Freshly made daily by the Olympic rower Helen Glover’s family, people travel from far and wide for this authentic taste of Cornwall. There is genius in simplicity here; they only make vanilla ice cream, but it is made so well that you’ll be hooked from a single lick. Large dollops of clotted cream take the taste experience to another level.
In the heart of Newlyn, this delicatessen and artisan cheese shop sells products from across the West Country and as far afield as France and Italy. Your cheese selection is lovingly wrapped in waxed paper, or they’re happy for you to take your own vessel in which to transport your treats home. It’s highly recommended to pick up a freshly roasted bag of Lands End Coffee while you’re there.
Newlyn is becoming something of a culinary destination and with its proximity to the ocean fish features highly on local menus. Mackerel Sky, opened by Nina and Jamie Maclean, is a seafood bar serving tapas style taster plates showcasing local Cornish fish and seafood, complemented by a small but perfectly formed wine list. Whilst the venue may be small, the flavours are big and it’s hugely popular with visitors and locals alike.
This is an innovative fishmongering venture from Richard Adams. Son of the fish merchant dynasty, Trelawney Fish, Richard is championing a new range of cuts based on the concept of using the whole fish which is being taken up by leading fish restaurants across Cornwall and the wider UK. He has also just opened his own restaurant Argoe; a no-frills restaurant, such as you might find in a Mediterranean port, which will highlight the incredible local fruits des mer alongside natural wine.
Collaborating with local growers, Newlyn Fermentary creates authentic recipes from seasonal vegetables. These fermentations break down the nutrients in foods making them easier to digest. With a diverse range of kimchis, krauts and kefirs the Fermentary uses ingredients from the likes of Bosavern Community Farm, Trenow Fields and Nancealvern Market Garden. With a range of courses held throughout the year, guests can learn the fine art of fermentation while enjoying a lunch of pickles, krauts, kvass, cultured butter, smoked fish and sourdough, all sourced from within ten miles of the Fermentary.
A beautiful Victorian terraced town house, with private garden, located close to the centre of Penzance, a great position for exploring West Cornwall. Sleeps four, with spacious living accommodation and garden with beautiful summer house. The property is new to Stylish Cornish Cottages, so there is excellent availability throughout the summer. Check out our special offers in July (see Current Offers section on the website).
A Victorian mid-terraced house in a small village just outside Penzance, 2 Trevarrack Row is located on a quiet residential street within walking distance of both the historic Cornish town of Penzance and the quiet, pretty village of Gulval. A beautifully light and spacious family home that sleeps four, it has been presented to a high standard, retaining all the character features, including a wood burner and wooden floors. Check out our special offers in July (see Current Offers section on the website).
A beautiful Cornish cottage with fantastic sea views and private parking. Located close to the centre of the village, only 60 metres from the harbour but easily accessible without negotiating Mousehole’s narrow streets! Well appointed and beautifully furnished this cottage offers a high standard of accommodation for six people in this sought after location. The cottage is surrounded by a compact, private and well-maintained garden with large garden table and chairs, all with sea views. Check out our special offers in early July (see Current Offers section on the website).