Bruce Rennie owns The Shore in Penzance where he is the sole chef, receptionist and even waiter at times.
He worked in esteemed kitchens from Michelin-starred Shanks in Northern Ireland to Martin Wishart in Edinburgh, and helped to open the Martin Wishart Cook School before opening his own restaurant in 2015 – where the menu goes big on fish and local veg.
“I’ve always been obsessed with ultra fresh, dewy-eyed seafood,” he says of the fare in Penzance. “Plenty of places here offer produce of exceptional quality.”
The Old Coastguard
“A stunning little spot. The dining room and brasserie – which looks out to a tropical garden and fantastic views of the harbour – does a great Sunday lunch. I come here as a treat with friends and family, as it caters well for children and, happily, is dog-friendly.”
The Parade, Mousehole, Penzance TR19 6PR; 01736 731222; oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk
"This restaurant ticks all of the boxes for me. I love the menu, which has a lot of fresh and organic produce, as it’s easy to find something vegetarian. The crispy fried tofu is properly done, fried in a light batter with a lovely hit of spice. The last day of service is today – keep an eye out to see what they’ll do next.”
12 Market Place, Penzance TR18 2JB; 07493 926342
“I get a mixture of seafood for the restaurant at Newlyn Market and it’s always fantastic. At Stevensons, you can buy fish fresh off the boat in crates and the quality is unbeatable. I’m extremely conscious of ethically-farmed seafood, so I ensure that I buy seasonal. Beautiful hake and mackerel is abundant right now.”
The Strand, 76 A Strand, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5HA
The Mexico Inn
“Tom and Amy, the chef-owners behind this traditional village pub, are two of my friends. It’s brilliantly cosy and offers a fantastic selection of local beers and ales on tap. I find that people don’t come in here looking for a city-centre attitude, they come looking for real food and down-to-earth service. That’s probably why it’s become a community hub.”
4 Riverside, Longrock, Penzance TR20 8JD; 01736 710625
“I love this family-run dairy on the back roads between Penzance and St Ives. I order the non-homogenised milk by the bucketload because it is wonderfully creamy and rich. It’s ethical, which suits the way I run the restaurant, and I admire the way they take time producing it. It makes me feel like they care about what they are giving me and I appreciate that.”
Trink, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3JG; 01736 740326