With its growth in quality dining establishments Cornwall has gained a reputation as a food lovers paradise. I’ll let you into a secret, whilst everyone else rushes off to the latest celebrity endorsed eatery head to The Victoria Inn, in Perranuthnoe, one of west Cornwall’s best hidden away establishments. Practically a one road village, Perranuthnoe’s coastline offers the visitor views across to St Michael’s Mount and a beach all of its own. Away from the beach, amongst the homes and smattering of craft shops of this most Cornish of places is one of the most welcoming of Inns.
Once through the front door the the attentive bar staff guide you to your seat (don’t forget to book – for number see below). The Victoria Inn has a very friendly and cosy feel to it, with none of the fanciful trappings or staid atmosphere that would make some visitors feel uncomfortable.
Seated comfortably the pair of us perused the menu…seafood…yummy! A starter was ordered…it arrived quickly. A delicious Provencal fish soup with parmesan, aioli and croutons for me and Salmon gravadlax and Cornish crab, pickled fennel and dill salad, and horseradish cream for my companion.
One has the choice of eating in the bar area or the restaurant. Both provide comfort, with the bar being the more intimate and the restaurant giving off a contemporary unclutted atmosphere. Artworks adorned some of the walls and these just added to the relaxed atmosphere.
The restaurant’s menu was mouth watering and as such it was hard to make decisions about what to have and when to have it. We struggled, but finally (thank you for your patience) made up our minds. Wild mushroom and local greens risotto, Old Winchester cheese, truffle oil for my companion, and Honey roasted Cornish duck breast and confit leg, fondant potato, braised puy lentils, roasted celeriac and apple for yours truly.
Pudding followed, but as we’d both taken a starter and a main we shared a spiced plum fool with Amarillo Ice Cream…oh how I struggled.
As I said earlier…The Victoria Inn, which is owned and managed by the same people as The Square in Porthleven, is a secret…don’t tell anyone…OK, OK tell everyone. It is a place that locals take their visitors from outside Cornwall because they know that all the dishes are beautifully presented and cooked to perfection.
As someone who has guests visiting throughout the year I am always interested in the slightly out of the way place that would appeal to them so I had a look at one of the Inn’s two bedrooms. Comfortably, cosy and tastefully decorated. A match for what is on offer downstairs.
I can’t recommend it highly enough.
The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 9NP
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