We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Fabulous seafood”

The Shore Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 190 Restaurants in Penzance
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$47
Description: Set menu 5 or 7 course options only, no a la carte. Booking is advised as we buy fresh produce daily. A small family run seafood restaurant. Relaxed, friendly professional service . Vegetarian options available by pre-request.
Restaurant details
Description: Set menu 5 or 7 course options only, no a la carte. Booking is advised as we buy fresh produce daily. A small family run seafood restaurant. Relaxed, friendly professional service . Vegetarian options available by pre-request.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A superb five course meal with 4 seafood dishes and a desert. All superb quality and finely balanced flavours. Highly recommend. Service is of a high standard but friendly and knowledgeable.
A definite must if visiting Penzance

1  Thank vicki_ritchie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (409)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

8 - 12 of 409 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived on Thursday evening and booked The Shore early on for Saturday. The choice is either a five course £48 or seven course (£68) meal which can be pared with wines for an extra charge (£28 or £39), but we decided just to order a bottle of wine to drink with the four fish and one sweet course that we were offered. We also had a lovely glass of dessert wine to go with the white chocolate delice.

1  Thank Sandybags_13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten at 3 star Michelin restaurants in France and not had fish served in a more imaginative and appealing manner. Accompanied by the matching wine flight that truly complements the dishes, it is an experience not to be missed. The ambience and staff provide a truly memorable experience. I'm not given to "gushing' but this place deserves a little!

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank nigelst2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Shore
12 June 2018

It was something of a surprise to find this pearl in the Penzance oyster. A fish restaurant with cooking of real class which, it is to be hoped, is fully appreciated by those lucky enough to be in its catchment area. Bruce Rennie runs a very tight ship, courageously turning away anyone who hasn’t booked in order to be able to cost his ingredients outlay to the penny, and is on his own in the kitchen. He has a good pedigree from his time in Edinburgh with Martin Wishart amongst others and did a stint at a Rick Stein outfit. Quite clearly he picked up the best qualities of these establishments to put into practice in his own restaurant, which is a light, bright place that gives the impression of having once been a large corner shop. The staff give cheerful and helpful service, the menu is an impressive list of well-selected classy fish and shellfish and the wine list sensibly caters for all tastes and levels of consumption with three sizes of glass available for most of the wines on the list. There were no canapés on offer, but we weren’t going to quibble with that given the bargain basement price of the set menu - we chose the seven course version. The first dish, lovely tartare of fresh pollack with a peppy boost of yuzu, sweet beetroot and yellow and purple beetroot powder had us licking our lips and eagerly anticipating the next course which was brilliant, luxurious lobster matched with lettuce and home-made dressing and a genuinely mouth-watering chilled juice of tomatoes. The generous portion of quite strong crab that followed was perhaps not best served by the chilli although this was tempered by the chicory and the avocado cream, and what was shown as taco on the menu was more like a tortilla for us. Next came another favourite, a decent-sized fillet of excellent lemon sole in this version along with raw peas in the pod, an intriguingly good cold pea sauce with tarragon and a master stroke in the form of a tiny strip candied lemon skin which raised the dish from terrific to historic. Following this with turbot is a bit of a gamble, but chef pulled it off. A beautiful piece of the king of fish held court with a mild curry sauce cum foam and a splendid garlic cream, a slice of apricot adding to the perfect sweetness of the fish. We were puzzled by the presence of red mullet as the final main course, but by the time the plate was empty we had realised why - this was a dish to challenge even the Master in Port Isaac, the exemplary fish with its super Bouillabaisse sauce and asparagus and absolutely astounding lime pickle making us shake our heads in amazement at such a discovery. The dessert was a white chocolate delice very well balanced against a top-class basil sorbet and sweet local strawberries. Congratulations to Bruce Rennie on some progressive, delicious inventiveness in what was a formidable dining experience.

1  Thank Paul A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The first thing we noticed when entering the Shore was the lovely feeling of the place: the decor is warm and welcoming and the music modern but not intrusive. The waitress, too, welcomed us warmly and made us feel at home.

We opted for the seven course menu with the drinks flight - see the attached photo - and both the food and the wine were delicious. The sake with the first course was a particularly nice touch.

The sea urchin was delicious with a subtle ginger flavour, and the rose in the second course was quite risky but worked well, we thought. The quality of food served, both in terms of ingredients and preparation, was fantastic throughout.

We chatted to chef Bruce after the meal, and he seems aware of where he would have to go to further improve the experience: principally, more staff both in and outside the kitchen, to act as sommelier and spend more time describing the wine and food, for example, which is such an enjoyable aspect of gourmet meals. We did not ask him what his plan is, mind you, so maybe that is not where he wishes to go.

If and when we come back to Penzance we shall look forward to visiting the Shore again and finding out in what direction it has developed.

1  Thank Teagra
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed The Shore Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to The Shore Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing