Muddy Eats: The Front Room Penzance
Have you ever sat drinking coffee after a rough week and thought ‘perhaps I’ll give it all up and run a café by the sea’? Well Katie and Tristan of The Front Room in Penzance, are just like you — but with a little more follow through.
The couple took the reins at this super-popular, quirky/cool café less than a year ago but are already very much part of the furniture. A troupe of regulars and loyal staff give the café a friendly, community feel and the eclectic décor is as Instagram-friendly as the coffee.
I joined Katie for a mid-week breakfast and had The Front Room’s specialty, Eggs Benedict (‘Benes’), with spinach and bacon, which is just one of many possible combinations. And they really are amazing – some of the best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had. There are lots of other tempting breakfast options too, from sourdough bread with crushed avocado and poached eggs to American-style pancakes, with bacon, berries and maple syrup.
Lunch looks equally good, with something to please everyone. Healthy super salads, soup and the ‘Lean & Green’ (poached eggs, avocado and spinach) are ideal when you’re feeling saintly or a sarnie, with a side of chips will work when the carb cravings get too much.
And the beautiful coffee deserves a blog post all its own. Cornish roasters, Origin provide the beans and The Front Room’s talented staff bring the creativity. Mine’s just a standard latte, albeit picture perfect, but when time allows barista Lee Williams gets arty with the lattes (it seems everyone’s multitalented in Penzance). Check out the incredible Indian elephant above – you couldn’t possibly drink it! You’ll find more of Lee’s beautiful mug shots on the cafe’s Instagram page: @thefrontroompz.
The building itself is something of a rabbit warren, offering lots of different spaces to suit different diners and moods. As you enter, there are two main dining areas, going through to a garden room, where customers are welcome to bring their dogs and a cosy living room upstairs, with games and space for kids to play. There’s also a pretty courtyard garden, with sheepskin-covered chairs and a beautiful white camellia tree (my best guess), decadently flanked by bunting and a few disco balls.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
I honestly can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love the tasty food and friendly atmosphere here. Great if you’re alone, with a friend or with kids and the dog.
I’m going to say minimalists but only because I have to say something.
£: Very reasonably priced food and coffee (£7 for the Eggs Benedict). The only trouble is, you may want to try everything, like one guy who’d ordered two brekkies while I was there and that could get expensive.
The Front Room, 83 Market Jew Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2LG. thefrontroompz.co.uk