We have been nominated for this years Observer Food Monthly Awards!

We have been nominated for this years Observer Food Monthly Awards!

Now in their ninth year, the Observer Food Awards celebrate those in the food industry who are passionate about creating innovative food whilst remaining true to well-sourced produce.  As you know at the Penventon Park Hotel we pride ourselves on good food. The hotel’s history has a long tradition of food, dating back to 1965 when owners Paola and David Pascoe opened the Basset Count House; one of the first restaurants in Cornwall.

We take pride in sourcing fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, working with talented farmers, producers and growers to give our guests a taste of the very best that Cornwall has to offer.

Please take the time to vote for us below;

Best restaurant (over £20 per head) supported by Nyetimber>>

Asparagus Festival “Such a fantastic day”

We were delighted to hosted Cornwall’s first ever asparagus festival last Sunday – 29th May.

The day began with an opportunity to meet Cornwall’s largest asparagus growers John and Jenny Keeler from Tregassow Farm, who shared some tips for growing this tricky crop.

The festival day was packed with a full programme of live cookery demonstrations from some of Cornwall’s top chefs, including: Nigel Tabb of Tabb’s in Truro, Arty Williams of The Cove in Falmouth, John Waterhouse, former head lecturer of catering at Cornwall College, and our very own chef Joe Lado Devesa.

In addition to the cooking demonstrations there were lots delicious tasters and Cornish produce available at the festival food market, visitors were able to try asparagus, pick up hints, tips and learn new recipes – and with the added help of our recipe book they could cook the dishes at home for dinner!

Aaron Pascoe, our Hotel Manager said ” The Cornwall Asparagus festival is all about celebrating our local producers and gives visitors the chance to find out more about what’s on their doorstep!”

The afternoon was concluded with a fun asparagus challenge between two Penventon chefs – the hard part for the visitors was to choose who dish was the best!

The day was such a success – with over 250 attending, we are already making plans for the Cornwall Asparagus Festival 2013!

Pure, simple, Innovative.

As the 27th May is approaching, excitement is brewing along with our Asparagus! The Penventon will be celebrating this pure and simple plant during a one day festival.

Intrigued? Well you should be, this great, Cornish Ingredient first appeared in print around 1000AD, (a very long time) and it is known to be native to Eastern Mediterranean and Asia minor areas. Asparagus may not be much to look at, but it has many incredible health benefits, from detoxifying and anti aging functions to reducing pain and inflammation, one of the better valued benefits being considered to be an aphrodisiac!

Our wonderful suppliers have come together to help our chefs ensure this day is a success. Using their helpful contributions there will be food preparation demos running throughout the day, all centred around Asparagus and using only local Cornish Ingredients.   Joe Lado the Penventons executive chef (Multiple AA Rosette awarded) will be leading his brigade of chefs along with 3 other guest chefs including John Waterhouse, who will be cooking with a team of Cornwall college students.

Our individual local suppliers will set up individual stalls so ingredients can be purchased on the day after being inspired!

A fantastic opportunity to promote fresh Cornish Asparagus! We hope to see you there!

Visit the most prestigious wedding fayre in Cornwall!

Once again our doors are open in anticipation for the stampede!! As our Bridal fayre is fast approaching, Easter Sunday is not the only thing that will be celebrated on April 8th. As we enter our second decade of Bridal Fayres, they are still going strong and as the word spreads it is proving to be more popular each year. Many of our chosen suppliers have catered for weddings with us in the past and have proven to be top notch!  Each year we invite whom we consider to be the best florists, cake makers and many other suppliers from around Cornwall. For one day only, Penventon dedicates the entire Hotel for your viewing purposes! Admire our opulent suites and decedent interior while you enjoy a complimentary glass of Polgoon Sparkling wine.

Many of our suppliers will have put together a presentation for your enjoyment and not only will they appeal to brides to be, they might also be perfect for a special occasion. Children are welcome and might even enjoy a surprise Easter treat! Our executive chef Joe Lado will be on stand-by all day to answer any questions you might have and will offer a bespoke food menu consultation. All local wedding suppliers from cake designs to bridal wear will be here to show you as well as tell you exactly what they have to offer.  We will be holding this event from 10.30am until 3pm so make sure you don’t miss out!

Cornish Asparagus Festival

On Sunday 27th May we are organising and hosting an Asparagus Festival to celebrate this great Cornish ingredient.

Time ~ 11am – 4pm

There will be food preparation demo’s running throughout the day all centred around Asparagus and using only local Cornish ingredients. Joe Lado the Penventon’s Executive Chef (Multiple AA Rosette Awarded), will be leading his Brigade of chef’s in the cooking demonstrations along with 3 other guest chefs including one team from Cornwall College.

There will also be stalls from individual local suppliers so that all ingredients can be purchased on the day.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to promote Fresh Cornish Asparagus”

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“You will definitely see me again this time next year!”

A Penventon Christmas

The exciting build up to Christmas has been a very busy time for everyone here at Penventon but a fabulous one at that! Everyone was full of cheer as they danced the night away in our festive ballroom, abundant with lights and sparkles. Guests were invited to dine with us in our restaurant and Christmas dinners were available to all. Many lovely comments were passed to various members of our team to congratulate us on pulling off such amazing occasions night after night.

Ian Croucher our events manager was thrilled with all the positive comments that were received-

“I couldn’t be happier with the turn out this year, all our staff have been working really hard for this as the Christmas period is always very busy here at Penventon, but it was all so worth it. We have had some wonderful guests who were all in very high spirits this year as normal. A memorable occasion for all.”

With the mulled wine flowing and the Christmas bells ringing everyone was full of joy as they began their Christmas celebrations. One of our party-goers commented on one of our famous party nights-

      “The Hotel just looks absolutely beautiful, I feel like I have had a head start to the magical Christmas season. However exciting Christmas is, it can be a stressful time running around for the last minute preparations but this has just brought back what Christmas is really about. The food was delicious and the entertainment has been fantastic. You will definitely see me again this time next year!”

Staff agreed that it was a brilliant merry making opportunity and a great way to celebrate the end of year festivities!

A big thank you goes to everyone involved in our multiple Yule tide Shindigs.


Pan’s a Blazin!

Executive chef Joe Lado Devesa, Head Chef Ryland Alan, and Team made a special visit to the kitchens of Cornwall College Camborne last week on behalf of the educational Cultural Diversity programme. Lorna Dunstan, the course manager organised the event. The day consisted of cookery demonstrations, focusing on traditional Spanish foods and exotic recipes.  Joe is originally from Galicia- North West Spain – this was reflected in the range of foods on display, including a selection of different tapas dishes such as Pulpo a la Gallega, Chorizo cooked with Spanish shorry + cummin, Pequillo pepper’s, Russian Salad and salted almonds. Joe was especially pleased with the energy of the students and their passion for cooking.

The students were also thrilled to have ex students Jack Adamson, James Barowcliffe and Kylie Clemence there as role models, showing them the heights they can reach through working hard and exploring the different styles of food that various cultures have to offer. Lorna Dunstan, the organiser of the event was extremely pleased with how the day turned out- “I’m so impressed by the positive comments I have received from the students since, they were still talking about it the day after the demonstration! I think it has really inspired them to get more creative, the presentation of the different dishes has definitely given them ideas of their own.”

The students loved the different displays of cuisine, along with the talk Joe had prepared. The room in which it was held was the perfect design for its viewing quality; with its mirrored ceiling all 22 students could see exactly how the food was prepared and presented. The Chefs were available throughout the day to answer any questions the students wished to ask.  Joe added-

“I feel the day was a complete success, students were asking questions all the time- they wanted to learn it all! It’s that sort of passion for learning that gets you ahead in this sort of business; our guys are proof of that. I found the day very enjoyable, and by the reaction we got- I think everyone else did too.” 

The chefs also mentioned they were glad to be able to visit the students in their own working space this time around, as members of the college came to visit us here at Penventon earlier on this year, so it was a nice gesture to be able to once again get involved and return the favour. A big message that the team were trying to put across, was not just the importance that is the enjoyment of eating the food, but also the enjoyment of making it.  The aim was not only to inspire the teenagers, who were ages ranged 16-18, but also to inspire the on- looking staff in the audience, who perhaps could use a little inspiration to be more adventurous when it comes to cooking at home. Needless to say, we are very proud of all our staff here at Penventon, and very proud to everyone who gets involved! Many thanks to all!

“Such a lovely Christmas afternoon”

Last week we hosted the Camborne & Redruth Disabled club’s Christmas get together –  It is the 40th year that we have hosted this annual event!

With the function room decorated with Christmas Delights, the atmosphere was already set for a fabulously festive afternoon!  As the guests arrived, conversation and laughter was abundant, the staff kindly donated their time arranging the Christmas Buffet which the hotel generously donated.

Mrs Pascoe, Proprietor of the hotel, has work on every Disabled club event for the last 40 years and has many fond memories; she said “I can remember my children rushing home from school every year to help make this event a happy one for all who attended”.

Alvine Holmes, Secretary of Camborne & Redruth Social Club said “We are extremely grateful to Mr and Mrs Pascoe as well as to the staff of the Penventon for providing members of the Disabled Club with wonderful hospitality each year. In spite of physical difficulties our members enjoy themselves and it gives them a lot of pleasure to go out and meet up with each other instead of being at home alone. Our visit to the Penventon provides an exciting start to Christmas and is a special occasion highlighted in everyone`s calendar each year”.

After the buffet there was a Christmas sing along which everyone enjoyed – Getting us all in the Christmas mood!

Alvine Holmes added “Thank you to everyone at the Penventon for making our members feel so special with the care and attention they receive. There was a great deal of laughter and happiness during the afternoon which is clearly evidence of a very successful visit!”

Pink it up- what a successful night!

Penventon Park Hotel was bursting with colour on Saturday night in aid of our Breast cancer awareness charitable evening. I am sure many would agree that Redruth had never seen such a beautiful array of pink! Brenda Pedley; our chief organiser of the event  and breast cancer survivor was over whelmed by such generosity and support shown by the community and guests in joining the ongoing fight for women’s survival.

As a result of the evening, over £1000 was raised for breast cancer research. Not only did many guests donate individually; the hotel also donated £5 from every meal ordered from our pink menu, as well as generous tips given by staff. As guests entered the hotel, they were given an outlet for their kind words of support to place on a display board for others to see- written on  pink handprints. Some of our guests who had been personally affected by breast cancer  found it comforting and encouraging. An impressive amount of raffle prizes were to be won later on in the evening which really tied up the evening nicely with a pink bow! One of our guests commented ‘This evening was a complete success! Another guest commented- ‘An incredible display of community support. ‘The whole hotel was full of smiles, tears and laughter. It was definitely a memorable event to be had by all.’ We would like to give a big thank you to our staff and guests for taking part.

A special thank you goes to Steve Petty from Cornish Decorative Balloons, who provided us with a selection of beautiful displays filling the interior of the hotel, making it a real pink sensation! Another Thank you to Polgoon Vineyard for providing us with our pink bubbly for the evening, and last but not least, Brenda Pedley ,who put every effort into making this night a special one. In her own words- ‘I knew it would be a good night, because it always is when we hold an event at the Penventon Park Hotel. However, last night surpassed all expectations, it was fantastic! The atmosphere was electric and it was plain for all to see that not only were the guests who were dining having a great time but the staff as well. Thank you all so much, we haven’t stopped talking about it all day.’ To sum up, on behalf of everyone here at Penventon- Here’s to making a difference- Thank you.


Pink it up!

We are teaming up with Redruth breast cancer survivor, Brenda Pedley, to turn the hotel pink for Cancer Research UK to raise money for the charity’s breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaign, ‘Join the fight for women’s survival’ .

In 2001 Brenda was diagnosed with breast cancer and is now enjoying a life free from the disease. Her cancer was caught very early on during her first routine mammogram, testament that early diagnosis is essential. Brenda said: “This is great way to celebrate 10 years since my diagnosis’. Since then she has raised nearly £80,000 for Cancer Research UK. She went on to say ‘Hopefully with the Penventon Hotel hosting this pink themed evening we can increase awareness and encourage others help raise even more money.  We want people to book dinner at the Penventon Hotel and be counted as they ‘Join the fight for women’s survival’.

The Penventon’s brigade of Chefs will be preparing an especially themed ‘Pink’ menu – with a donation of £5 made by the hotel directly to Cancer Research UK for every person dining from the menu. The hotel’s friends from the Polgoon Vineyard in Penzance will be providing Pink Bubbly – for an invited donation – again, the donation going directly to Cancer Research UK.

To add some more atmosphere to the room, Steve from Cornish Decorative Balloons, is kindly donating displays on the tables.

Polgoon Wines are our partners on the evening and ALL the sales from their wine sales that evening will be donated as well.

With places limited, and demand already high, please contact the hotel on 01209 203000 to book your table as soon as possible, stating you wish to dine from the charity menu.

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK was able to spend over £41 million on groundbreaking work into the disease last year, making it the largest single funder of breast cancer research in the UK.

This research is crucial, but also very expensive, so the charity’s fundraisers are getting fighting fit to enlist support from local people.

Please show your support for the vital work being carried out, whilst enjoying a night out with Penventon’s unique atmosphere, quality food and service.

Download the menu and further details for the evening.


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