We head to Tremenheere Kitchen near Penzance to see what foodie delights the team has to offer.
As we arrive and park in front of the sculpture gardens, we look up and see one of the many sculptures at the crest of the hill, which seems to be gently swaying in the blustery November wind. The breeze, with its distinct oceanic tang, reminds us of just how hungry we are, so it’s with great purpose that we make our way to the entrance.
On entering the restaurant we’re welcomed by the lovely and extremely accommodating hostess, Zoe, who shows us to our table and leaves us to pore over the drinks menu. As usual, we order a bottle of white and set about taking in our surroundings. A stylishly minimalistic décor gives guests a feeling of ‘room’, a pleasant change from other more cramped restaurants. Fabulous artworks by local artist, Sam Bassett adorn the walls. In the corner a fire crackles, warming the room with its comforting glow and creating a cosy ambience with its subtly flickering flames.
After an aperitif, we order the first two courses. I opt for the mussels. Cooked in a delicious Thai style curry broth, these are served with a spectacular, saffron-infused flatbread that’s made on the premises. My partner Jess opts for the scallops, served
on black pudding with watercress. All in all, a solid start!
For the main course, we both stick to seafood. Jess chooses the market fish (today, cod) with new potatoes and seasonal greens, while I select the plaice fillet, served with croquettes, seasonal greens, and flavoured beautifully with fennel. We’re really pleased to see that, while the food has been expertly prepared and tastes fantastic, the chefs haven’t scrimped when it comes to portion sizes, and it’s fair to say that when we finish, we’re absolutely stuffed!
But, full as we are, we can’t help requesting a sweet menu. Indeed, it’s only after polishing off a slice of rich chocolate tart, and a brandy basket full of Moomaid ice cream and sorbet that we grudgingly surrender.
The evening has been lovely, and there’s something quite special about veering off the beaten track on a blowy winter’s evening, especially when the hospitality is as warm as it has been tonight. We’ll certainly be returning to Tremenheere Kitchen, only next time we’ll be sure to have a lighter lunch!
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance TR20 8YL