Upstairs in The Victoria Tea Room, Penzance, Cornwall; 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.

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Technique: Canon G11 PowerShot; 400 ISO.

UPDATE (SOMETIME AGO): 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.



  1. Haha! we’ve had this conversation before, Helen!!! >>> this is an ARCHIVE post and thus it has been posted one or more times before; using archive posts is keeping my blog going in these dire times.

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  2. You’ve done other restaurant images that have something similar going on – a piece of a chair in the foreground, etc. The subdued colors here are surprising and they work so well – they go with the idea of everything waiting, the cup inverted…the quiet colors and low contrast allow me to enjoy the chair and cup handle curves….really nice. 🙂

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