After our whistle stop visit to beautiful St Ives, we were back on a train to St Erth and pulling up to Penzance before I even had a chance to think about Willy Wallers ice cream again. But luckily for me, the delicious food selection in Penzance was not lacking, and after checking in to arguably one of the most beautiful hotel rooms I’ve ever stayed in at The Artist Residence, I knew that we were going to like it here (said in a high pitched Annie-style song, naturally).
Although we were only in Penzance for a little under two days, I was pretty chuffed with how much we managed to pack in, and how, with a car- Cornwall really is your oyster (no pun intended). Thankfully we met up with the gorgeous Olivia of Atlas Magazine to hang out with for an afternoon, meaning we could pop in a visit to nearby Mousehole too. I know I’ve only scratched the surface of the Cornish coastline, but felt very lucky to get started in the sunshine this summer.
Having previously visited both the Brighton and London Artist Residence, I felt incredibly lucky that our final cornish stay was at their Penzance hotel– and honestly? It was possibly one of the most gorgeous places I’ve stayed. Fortunate enough to be staying in the lookout- our top floor bedroom overlooked the town and sea, and with the weather being so dreamy, meant afternoons could be spent catching rays on the balcony whilst sipping drinks from downstairs with a magazine. We also had a little kitchen and living space- meaning it most definitely felt like a home away from home. On top of that, the restaurant, The Cornish Barn, also came highly recommended- and with their menu being vibrant, exciting but still fusing traditional English seaside dishes (as well as a good fry up for the morning after)- we felt totally spoilt from start to finish- and would recommend it highly, whether you’re staying the night or simply want some damn delicious cocktails.
20 Chapel St, Penzance TR18 4AW
I think it’s possibly only in the last year or so that Joe has properly started eating seafood, but it’s safe to say we both agreed that Mackerel Sky was one of the best places we’ve visited for dinner- both in and outside of Cornwall. With no booking system, and a small taster plates style menu including everything from salt and pepper squid, beer battered monkfish and crab nachos- we could have quite easily ordered everything (the deserts here are equally as delightful) and means that you get a lorra bang for your buck (and minimal waiting time too). Sampling about 4 plates between the two of us, we left feeling suitably full and one hundred percent happy- now to open a London branch, plz.
The Bridge, New Road, Newlyn. TR18 5PZ
We couldn’t write about Mackerel Sky without including it’s infamous neighbour, Jelberts. Admittedly, when we visited after dinner the place was closed (much to my frustration) but having heard rumours as it being the best ice cream in the U.K (if not the world, according to some) I thought it rude to not include it, and hope someone can sample it for me and let me know how truly delicious it is!
2 New Rd, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5PZ
If you’re looking for the perfect lunch spot, or delicious deli to pick up some treats for your train home (*raises hands*) then I highly recommend swinging by The Cornish Hen. With a counter top stacked with homemade cakes and shelves spilling with local produce (and some nifty Italian goods) they also pride themselves on some seriously mouth watering Cornish pasties and sausage rolls, perfect for a whistle stop or sit down with a hot cuppa.
27 Market Place, Penzance TR18 2JD
Oh my goodness, THIS PLACE. In the sunshine it’s easy to think that Jubilee Pool and it’s beautiful outlook is somewhere far further than the Cornish coast, but there’s a certain quintessential charm about this art deco lido that is unmistakably British. In the sun, this spot feels like far more than just a freshwater swimming spot. With chairs lining the outskirts and a restaurant serving seriously tasty lunches and cakes (I had rosemary fries and a halloumi bap)- bathers and cossies are far from essential here (that’s unless you’re getting in the water of course)…
Battery Rd, Penzance TR18 4FF
It feels like a bit of a cop out listing a whole street in a guide, but with Chapel Street being dotted with so many unique gems it was hard to not list a whole wander on here. With Chapel Street Arcade boasting an Egyptian inspired house (yes, really) and a selection of gorgeous antique and vintage shops- it’s worth having a nosey just to look at the nick nacks, rails of clothing and even chat to the stallholders. I can guarantee you’ll find some beautiful authentic homewares here at pretty damn reasonable prices too.
Chapel Street, Penzance
Man oh man, I am a sucker for a homeware store. Nothing makes my heart flutter like some enamel, wicker and ceramics- and no. 56 (not surprisingly on Chapel Street) has it all. Founded in 2013 by Carole Elsworth and her love of natural materials and simple designs- this store really is a gem and will leave you feel incredibly inspired- whether you end up leaving with armfuls of goods, or not.
14 Chapel St, Penzance TR18 4AW
Ten minutes along the coast is the fishing village of Mousehole (pronounced mowzel to you and I) which as well as being outstandingly picturesque, is the perfect spot for an afternoon wander along the harbour and savouring scones at local favourite, Rock Pool. If you have more time (and a car too) I also highly recommend heading along to the Minack Theatre for another truly special Cornish gem- definitely one more my list next time!
Head to The Shore for dinner- or No 2 Fore Street in Mousehole, Make a booking at Ben’s Cornish Kitchen for food, head to Chapel House for drinks and sample some delicious bread from Baker Tom’s before you go!