Espresso Culture, down at bottom of Market Jew Street, is a lovely place to relax and enjoy a cup of excellent coffee or tea, and perhaps a tasty snack.
My first visit was in the summer; my friend had read a review of this new cafe (formerly Green Bean) in the local paper, so we thought we would try it out. We sat outside in the sunny courtyard and enjoyed chicken salad and iced latte (me), and bacon salad and Americano (my friend). My iced latte was exactly what I needed after a long day's retail therapy, and my friend said her Americano was delicious too. We both enjoyed our salads and thought they were excellent value - the whole thing for us both came to less than £10!
I thought our meal was such good value that I even asked the waitress, who turned out to be one of the owners (Donna), whether they were going to keep their prices low, or if it was just an introductory offer. She said they intended to keep them like that, as their business plan includes trying to encourage locals, as well as tourists, to make regular visits. I must say, it is working for me!
Next time, I took my coffee-addict husband along, as I had been telling him how nice it was. As the weather was more autumnal, we both had double lattes (beautifully made, with hearts on top, by Donna's son and co-owner Kurt). I had salad again (Brie) and hubby had a granary and chicken salad sandwich, which he said was excellent. True to their word, the total for both was below £10.
The inside is calm and relaxed, as evidenced by the creative looking Mac-user in the corner, treating it as an office. I could easily imagine doing the same thing if I ever decide to write a novel! The owners are friendly and laid back. This is a place to take it easy and revive yourself, before going out to enjoy the delights of Penzance! Highly recommended.
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