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Creative cooking

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 02, 2012

  • The Arts Kitchen, LR Trisha Mann (chef), Justin Salisbury (founder), Elizabeth Birchley (front of house), Nic Lennon (chef) and Charlie Newey (creative director).

  • Roasted sweet potato, red peppers and Feta salad with sweet chilli dressing.

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ART can be found on the walls and on the plates of a newly-opened Penzance eaterie.

Arts Kitchen launched last weekend as a canvas filled, laid back venue for yummy breakfasts, brunches and lunches.

Each wall is adorned with the works of painters and jewellers and even the chairs have been given a funky twist with hand-made cushions.

Peeling your eyes away from the walls and to the table, you are treated to a quirky twist on a usual menu, from yarg, walnut and apple sandwiches replacing the standard cheese salad variety, to elderflower preserves provided by Penzance Farmers Market.

"We are offering simple, uncomplicated, good quality food," said head chef Nic Lennon.

"But we are trying to make it a bit different. There is a lot of competition around here so we are trying to give something that no one else is offering."

Arts Kitchen takes up the downstairs of the Artist Residence Hotel, a boutique B&B that has been offering unique stays for the past two years.

Guests can also take advantage of the new Arts Kitchen. They are handed a voucher when they check in, which can be used for breakfast – or if they fancy a lie in – brunch or lunch.

"The reason we chose the name Arts Kitchen was because we are not a café or a restaurant, we are somewhere in between," said Charlie Newey, creative director of the business, which is owned by her partner Justin Salisbury.

Artist Residence also has a creative hotel in Brighton and there are plans to open a similar venture in London in the future.

For more information about the hotel or kitchen, visit www.artistresidence.co.uk, take a stroll down to 20 Chapel Street, Penzance, or call 01736 365664.

The Arts Kitchen, Art Residence Hotel, Penzance. From left, Trisha Mann (chef), Justin Salisbury (founder), Elizabeth Birchley (front of house), Nic Lennon (chef) and Charlie Newey (creative director).

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