Spring has sprung and our wonderful little town of Penzance has had a great start to the year hitting the headlines.

To kick start Penzance was voted Cornwall’s new gourmet capital by The Independent. The paper complimented our many restaurants in the town, our range of luxury hotels and our variety of hard working small businesses.

The Times then named Penzance one of the hippest places to live in the UK. Ranked at 16 we were the only Cornish name.

To continue the fame, The Evening Standard published an article ’10 reasons to visit Penzance’, stating “it should be top of your summer long weekends wish list.”

We should give ourselves all a pat on the back for growing the reputation of Penzance as a collective and showing a tremendous amount of passion for what Penzance has to offer.

The area’s local MP Derek Thomas and local business man Robin Turner have recently been spreading this enthusiasm to the wider world with a new venture called Cornish Express. The scheme is introducing a range of Cornish produce into London by rail and carbon neutral courier with the help of intercity rail freight.

As part of this scheme a variety of Cornish businesses enjoyed a journey over the bridge a few months back to a showcase our range of products to top London establishments at the Houses of Parliament.

Lucy Perry, Bakery Buyer at Fortnum & Mason commented “It was lovely to see (and taste!) some of the food Cornwall has to offer. Cornwall does have some of the best food and drink in the country! Very exciting.”