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The Bay @ Hotel Penzance

Britons Hill, PENZANCE, TR18 3AE

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The Bay Restaurant in the Hotel Penzance is a light and relaxed room, with a bar at one end, unclothed tables, artwork on the walls, and views over rooftops to Mount's Bay. Staff are friendly, polite and on the ball - which it has to be, with four menus to cope with: one for vegans, a tasting menu, one devoted to shellfish (24 hours' notice required), taking in lobster thermidor with new potatoes, and fruits de mer, and the main event. The last showcases local produce, and the cooking is assured and uncluttered. Among starters, smoked eel is served with buckwheat blinis and an apple and fennel compôte, and pan-fried rabbit loin with salsify, wild mushrooms, a fried quail's egg and Calvados jus. Fish is a strong suit, judging by a thick fillet of crisp-skinned grilled red mullet accompanied by cauliflower purée and diced beetroot and beetroot foam. Meat-eaters could opt for belly pork fillet and hogs pudding with an apple and cider reduction, and dessert is often the star of the show: maybe fig frangipane tart with fig purée and star anise and honey ice cream.

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Tel: 01736 366890
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Dates closed: 1st 2 wks Jan
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Seafood, Modern British
Chef: Steven Mesher
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £13.45
3 Course lunch from: £17.45
2 Course dinner from: £25.50
3 Course dinner from: £33.45
Sunday lunch: £15.00-£20.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.


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User rating: 5 out of 5 (1 user review)

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User rating: 5 out of 5

I live in Penzance and know The Bay well, but had not dined in the restaurant since new chef Stephen Mesher took over. Visiting friends was the perfect excuse for Dinner in the restaurant. Amazing views were surpassed by beautiful food. Perfectly cooked lamb; delicious salmon; and petit fours that deserve a review all of their own. Service was friendly but discrete, and my friends were delighted with the whole experience.

Reviewer: JoyBellePZ, Penzance
Visited: 20 September 2013

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The Bay @ Hotel Penzance, Penzance


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From A30 take exit to Penzance at Tesco rdbt. 3rd right onto Britons Hill. Hotel on right
Nearest station: Penzance

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