Thanks joel1. Hope to try the Turk's Head if/when I return to Penzance.
Here are the places I ate in Cornwall:
3 tasty breakfasts at The Bay, in the Hotel Penzance. Best tasting breakfast sausage I've had in an English breakfast. Lovely smoked haddock, too. Would return to the Bay Restaurant for their Cornish breakfast, which is a very good deal at 6.5 GBP if I recall correctly. The breakfast is included with the room for hotel guests.
My first dinner in Penzance was at the Bay Restaurant. http://www.bay-penzance.co.uk/ Modern British cuisine made with local ingredients. Tried local scallops, European sea bass, a panache of vegetables, as well as the selection of desserts, including saffron poached pear, sultana fancler, white chocolate mousse, pistachio parfait. Coffee came with a sable cookie,fudge, and a truffle.
My second dinner at Harris's Restaurant. http://www.harrissrestaurant.co.uk/ Classic British cuisine with French influences. Enjoyed the crab florentine, and the John Dory with saffron white wine cream sauce. Mixed vegetables were included with the meal. Very generous slice of treacle tart. Some small sweets were included with the coffee. Friendly service. Nice place for classic dishes and seafood.
Dinner at Saffron in Truro. http://www.saffronre...anttruro.co.uk/ Very good deal, especially if you're in time for the early bird dinner, which runs from 5-6:45 pm during the week. Delicate summer vegetable ribollita, perfectly cooked Coley with potato, kea plum parfait for around 16 GBP. Neat little place.
a Cornish pasty (steak) from St. Ives Bakery http://fullofcake.bl...ves-bakery.html , and a saffron bun from a small bakery near the bus station. The pasty had the nicest crust of the 3 pasties I ordered in the UK this trip.
Lunch of cod & chips at Harbour Lights. http://www.harbourlights.co.uk/ I didn't know fish and chips could be as tasty as what I found at Harbour Lights, and at Premier in Budleigh Salterton. Perfect cod. Friend ordered crab cakes, which seemed to have a fair amount of potato, compared to a more North American style crab cake (to which I'm more accustomed), which does not tend to include potato.
snack in Falmouth
a scoop of Roskilly's Cornish Fairing ice cream. http://www.roskillys.co.uk/My friend tried the Banoffee ice cream. Completely different texture than North American ice cream or gelato- more dense and sticky.
Loved the food we found in Penzance and other parts of Cornwall.
I would go a bit further north and try some of the places in Padstow. We were there in mid-September, and had some very good meals there..
There is a fish and chips place right near the St. Ives pier/harbour and I had delicious monkfish fish and chips for lunch. Also in St. Ives, St. Andrew's Street Bistro and Alba get good ratings in the Good Food Guide. Friends recommended The Bay in Penzance, but we didn't seem to be there at the right time of day.
In Padstow, I'd recommend Margot's Bistro or Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 - both serve excellent food.