Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion, ‘a small, gloriously civilised restaurant of quiet ambition’ as summed up by Jay Rayner in the Guardian, is a hidden gem and well worth a visit. Passionately run by head chef Ben Prior, with help from his younger brother Toby. I have recently eaten here, and can’t recommend it enough. The unassuming, understated excellence has not gone unnoticed by those who award such passionate chefs, voted the best restaurant at the Trencherman’s Awards 2016.
The menu is clever but not extravagant, with flavours that are combined perfectly and with 3 courses for £29 you can’t go wrong. Starters such as egg yolk and truffle ravioli or smoked duck leg with pickled rhubarb followed by main course options including hake with artichoke, pinenut and gnocchi or beef rump with chickpea chips and roasted garlic custard are just fabulous. The sweet curry plate dessert is must, and the wine list is varied and paired with the food served that night.
We were a little early for our reservations so we killed some time watching the sunset, sipping a cocktail at the Godolphin Arms, overlooking St. Michaels Mount – which is located just over the road from Ben’s. It was the perfect start to a perfect evening. Ben’s Cornish Kitchen serves excellent food, provides great service and a wonderfully relaxed ambience – it is a small restaurant which has got it all right.
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