Move over Jay Rayner… Dinner at Ben’s Cornish Kitchen

I have been waiting for the husband to take me to Ben’s Cornish Kitchen for years, yes actually years!! It has become a bit of a joke as our relatives who visit Cornwall every other year have been there more times than we have.

So would the build-up be too much? I have read the review by Jay Rayner. I have been told by various friends and relatives they’ve had the best meal of their lives there. It was going to have a lot to live up to. Luckily my sister in law nonchalantly announced she had booked a table on Friday evening and asked if we would like to take her for her birthday. We were on…

The restaurant is in an unassuming building on the main street through Marazion. It is literally paces from the beach but there is no sea view, well not from the ground floor where we were sitting. For me that makes best for an evening out but don’t let me stop you going for lunch!

I had been worried it would be too quiet and lacking in atmosphere but I was pleasantly surprised by the informal feel, warm welcome and general quiet buzz about the place. We had a lovely large round table and I immediately felt at home.

I am not going to try and write a serious review of the food, other than to say everything looked and tasted fantastic. Crab raviolo and breast of partridge starters were fab as was the artichoke soup with a mushroom puff! For the main courses, I really enjoyed my agnolotti pasta with crown prince squash but must admit I was slightly horrified when Christian ordered Roe Deer. Somehow it sounds so much worse than venison, refusing to try it, I was assured that it was absolutely delicious. Puddings were pretty fab too, my poached pear mille feuille was incredible and Christian hasn’t stopped telling people about his sweet curry plate all weekend (you have to go and try it).

The wine selection was sensibly priced and there are recommendations for each dish which I always find interesting. We had a lovely bottle of French fizz and some red and it didn’t break the bank.

We were sitting pretty close to the kitchen but there was no crashing or shouting (unlike a recent visit to a well know hotel!). In fact the atmosphere was very relaxed considering they seemed to have a full house. The food arrived quickly but not too quickly and the service was attentive without being over the top.

This is without a doubt the best place to eat in Marazion and the surrounding area. There are several pubs in the town but nothing else is in this league. So yes it was worth they ridiculously long wait and we will be going back.


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