Food and Drink

At the end of the first Civil War, about 1,000 men endured a three-month siege at Pendennis, and only agreed to surrender when the food supplies ran out. Pendennis was one of the last Royalist garrisons to hold out against the Parliamentary army.

There's no danger of the food running out today at the castle - you will always find a delicious selection of refreshments and light meals in the Pendennis Castle Tearoom.

A delicious coffee and walnut cake

Found on the ground floor of the eastern wing of the Royal Garrison Artillery Barracks, our tearoom serves up food as fabulous as the views of the castle keep and the sea beyond. Full of seasonal Cornish ingredients, with regulars like Cornish pasties, soup of the day, freshly made sandwiches, home-made cakes, and ploughmans' lunches, as well as wild boar pasties and rabbit terrine with gooseberry relish.

We are proud to support local producers, and we get our cider and fruit juice from Cornish Orchards, our beer from the Rebel Brewing Company, our bread from Baker Tom and our clotted cream from Rodda's.

Gluten free, vegetarian and dairy-free options are always available, and we have a special lunchbox for smaller visitors, with a filled roll, home-made cookie, fruit or raisin bag. There's also a stash of books and crayons to keep them busy while you enjoy your lunch. High chairs, bottle and food warming are available.

We have plenty of seats inside and out, and if you're feeling more adventurous, you can picnic on the grassy spaces around the castle.

Opening Times

The tearoom is open when the castle is open, though the tearoom closes 30 minutes earlier.

See Pendennis opening times.

The castle may close at 4pm on Saturday if a private event is booked, so please check with the site in advance.

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