LUNCH AT THE WAREHOUSE, PENRYN
The café is situated on Commercial Road, between a bike repair shop and a window shop. There’s parking on each side of the road, if you’re lucky enough to find a space, otherwise there’s a pay and display car park a few minutes’ walk away.
Inside the converted warehouse the light-filled space is delightful, with blonde pine tables and chairs, dozens of plants, and big glass doors at the front which are left wide open in the summer. The atmosphere is calm and friendly.
It’s a place where you could sit in a quiet corner and get some work done with a constant supply of good coffee, meet friends for a bite to eat, or grab a takeaway coffee and cake. Penryn is lucky to have such a fab café.
The menu is entirely vegetarian, with plenty of vegan options. The brunch menu is more extensive than the lunchtime version; we were there for lunch, and there were three dishes on offer so we decided to try one of each. They were all very reasonably priced – either £6.50 or £8.50 – and the portions were generous, and spectacularly colourful.
Each day there’s a “one pot special”. When we visited the special was a lentil and split pea dal with raita and flatbread.
The dal was delicious – rich and warming and beautifully spiced – with a swirl of raiti. It was topped with fresh herbs, toasted pumpkin seeds, and fried spices and seeds, all of which made for a tasty combination, and with a nice contrast in texture.
The beetroot falafel were hot and crispy, and served on a heap of hummus, with crunchy slaw salad and a flatbread on the side. This vegan dish was liberally sprinkled with herbs, spices and nuts, dukkah and rosepetals, and drizzled with a sweet and zingy pomegranate dressing – a riot of colour, flavour and texture.
For our third dish, two huge wedges of roast butternut squash sat on a pile of glass noodles, with a sticky satay sauce, and a mint, coriander, carrot and peanut salad with “Warehouse” dressing. Again a hugely flavoursome plate of food, and vegan too.
There was a selection of gorgeous-looking cakes on the counter. We had foolishly eaten far too much to make the most of them, but shared a perfect chocolatey meringue, which was gooey in the middle, and dipped in chocolate and nuts for a little extra indulgence.
We couldn’t leave without an Origin coffee, delicious as always.
Bright, fresh and packed with flavour, everything we ate was really good, and I’ll definitely be going back to try out the brunch menu another day. You can see the full menu here.
For more information about Origin Coffee Roasters, The Warehouse, and Origin’s other cafés, visit origincoffee.co.uk.
8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday
9am to 4pm Sunday
The Warehouse, Commercial Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 8AE
Disclaimer: We were invited to The Warehouse by Origin, and were treated to lunch. Thank you to Amy at Origin and Todd at The Warehouse for looking after us so well.
Interior and exterior images provided by Origin. Food photos by Barefoot.