Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

Home to historical fishing villages and family run farms, its not surprising that Cornwall is quickly becoming one of the UK’s top foodie destinations. When I began searching for the best restaurants to visit I was slightly overwhelmed with the number of incredible sounding kitchens from Michelin-starred Chefs to local’s favourite Cornish pubs. With Penzance just a ten minute drive from our cottage in Marazion, I couldn’t miss a chance to sample one of the most talked about restaurants.

The Shore is Chef Bruce Rennie’s own creative kitchen. After running an impressive repertoire including Michelin starred Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh, Michelin starred Shanks in Northen Ireland, and working with the likes of Gary Rhodes and Rick Stein, Bruce finally went solo and opened up The Shore with his wife Anita. 

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

Bruce works alone in the kitchen, serving up just four options for each course using the best of ethically sourced ingredients. With Anita’s help (who works as a vet in a local practice) The Shore became recognised for their trusted suppliers (all of whom can be found on the website) who provide local produce from day boat fishing to local farmers. 

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

“The shore has been a constant source of inspiration throughout my life. Where the land and sea meet, it is a place of discovery, adventure and excitement.  The daily, fresh produce and creative menus reflect the passion that I have for the shore and I hope that you make a new discovery of your own.”
Bruce Rennie, Chef Owner

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

The restaurant itself sits on a street corner just a minutes walk from the main town of Penzance and is simply yet classic in decor. Subtle seaside furnishings set the scene with a fantastic jazzy soundtrack that both Dad and I commented on how much we enjoyed! We were the first to arrive for a 7pm booking but tables soon began to fill up with the evening fully booked. 

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

We began with a basket of warm crusty bread served with a shell of silky whipped butter, perhaps the best I’ve had to date. I selected a glass of Picpoul de Pinet Beauvignac from the carefully thought out wine list whilst we surprisingly struggled to decide from the short but sweet menu.

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

For starters, Dad selected the pollack, a distant relative of cod, served with coriander and mint chutney, coconut, chilli and ginger. The green Thai style sauce was a refreshing compliment to the flaky white fish, so perfectly cooked.

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

I chose the turbot which caught my attention due to its red wine, mushroom and samphire accompaniments. I for one have never seen fish served with a red wine and so was most intrigued to its flavour. It was of course absolutely delicious and the earthy mushroom puree against the fragrant crisp samphire was a wonderful flavoursome combination. From my first bite, I understood exactly why Bruce Rennie was known for his incredible talents.

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

Unlike my first course, I struggled to pick a main, torn between an Asian style monkfish and a more aromatic spiced stone bass. I went with my gut and ordered the latter, whilst Dad selected the hake served with risotto nero, roasted beetroot and basil.

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

I had no regrets as the plates arrived, my stone bass beautifully cooked with a crisp skin atop a puddle of intense tomato madras. Alongside was a potato and carrot curry so full of flavour yet never overpowering the fleshy fish. 

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

Dad’s hake was contrastingly subtle with the black ink risotto a plain yet complimenting base for the fish and beetroot. It was one of the most strikingly pretty dishes I’ve seen. If the flavours of Bruce’s food don’t somehow win you over than the presentation surely will.

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

Fresh Seafood at The Shore, Penzance; Restaurant Review

We decided against a pudding, feeling perfectly satisfied with our two course dinner, still absorbing the incredible flavours we’d just devoured. I can honestly say that our meal at The Shore was one of the best I’ve had to date and in their first 12 months have already been recommended in Michelin’s guide for 2017. I wouldn’t be surprised if they upgrade to a star in the coming year.

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7 Comments

  1. 26th February 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I am honoured to be associated with Bruce Rennie’s wonderful restaurant, if only in a small way… ok a six foot long way… I painted the Wavescape painting for the restaurant… lol. I am also pleased to say that Bruce not only selects produce locally but Is also very supportive of the local arts scene.
    Bruce’s food is stunning in both beauty and taste and I am so pleased that his reputation is growing in this part of cornwall and beyond.

    • 7th March 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment John, so pleased you found my post! And I loved the artwork in the restaurant! I’m so glad you enjoy his food as much as I did

  2. 11th November 2016 / 6:49 pm

    The food looks and sounds amazing – so well described!

  3. Kevin Shepherd
    8th November 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Eppie, I think that sums it up nicely . It was a really delicious meal and such a lovely evening , and yes I the music , it did make me want to dance . Thank you xxx

    • 8th November 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks Papa Shep 😀

    • 8th November 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Me too Angie, a seafood lover’s heaven!

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