There seems to be a theme of diners arriving at the Alverne because everywhere else is closed/full/inhospitable/exorbitantly priced/some combination of the above... and having an unexpectedly excellent meal. This was certainly our experience; a compromise swiftly turned into a real treat. The Alverne provided a warm welcome, a friendly and warm environment, and delicious starters, followed by a butternut squash risotto better than any I've tasted outside Italy, and fish dishes which were similarly appreciated. And at last I have found an establishment in Penzance which knows its way around an espresso machine. We didn't plan on visiting the Alverne, but we'll certainly be back.
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