Upstairs in the Victoria Tearoom, Penzance
Upstairs in The Victoria Tea Room, Penzance; 25 Apr 2012.

We returned yesterday from a few days in the far southwest of Cornwall, based between Penzance and St Ives.  And in a week of awful weather all over England we were far enough southwest to miss it all – it only rained at night, and the days were dry and even sunny!

Whenever we’re in Penzance we always visit this tearoom.  Amongst many other tasty goodies it serves up 11 item English breakfasts – which I hold a profound reverence for – and we like to sit beside the windows upstairs, looking out over Penzance’s main street.

In this cafe there are many bentwood chairs in a beautiful green, and the place has an over all low key, Minimalist, green and grey decor that I like very much.  This cup and saucer provided a good foil for its low key surroundings, and the chairbacks on the right resemble the curving stems of some exotic plant.

Canon G11 PowerShot; 400 ISO.

UPDATE: this excellent eatery has closed down – a great loss.  And while I’m talking about this image – I can say that its a great favourite of mine.  I have always loved its vast simplicity.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Sallyann says:

    Such a shame it’s closed down, maybe once the economics pick up again it will rise like a phoenix, although better than before may not be possible. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, I don’t know if it’ll re-emerge, times are tough, and I certainly wouldn’t want to have my livelihood dependent on a small business like that. And its rather deja vu, because the wonderful Cottage Café in Burnham-On-Sea also closed – but last time we were down there we saw prospective buyers being shown over the premises >>> but we don’t even know if they want it for an eatery >>> and even if they do, hoping it would return to its former splendour is just pie in the sky … so to speak … tho if they can some chips up there alongside the pie, I’m up for it .. 😉


  2. Love the simplicity of the shot. Wonderful.


  3. Window seats are the best. 😉 I like the greens and blue and the set up of the cup and chair back. Enjoyable, A.


  4. I love this shot it is as you but it’s nevertheless a great one indeed


  5. paula graham says:

    Carefully thought through simplicity in green and white.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Meanderer says:

    Ah – a very favourite of mine 🙂


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