Eating In

When it comes to eating in, the luxury lakeside Boat House and Sail House at Pengelly Retreat come complete with self-catering facilities including:

  • Electric double hob
  • microwave oven (with oven functions)
  • slow cooker
  • fridge, toaster, kettle
  • crockery, cutlery and utensils.
  • We also put in all the essentials for you: salt, pepper, mixed herbs, stock cubes, cooking oil, tea (inc herbals), coffee (instant and ground), sugar, a pint of milk, porridge oats, butter & jam minis and bread.

Shop locally for delicious locally-sourced food and drink, get a Cornish food box with all your holiday supplies delivered to your accommodation or pick up a tasty takeaway to enjoy by the lake.   While for a special occasion (or just because!), treat yourself to an indulgent catered bespoke picnic or fine dining meal with a private chef in the dreamy stream-side tipi at the Retreat.

Local Food Shopping Options

There is a large, really well-stocked farm shop – more like a small supermarket! – at Trevaskis Farm, open 8-8 every day (including weekends).  Conveniently located between the A30 and Pengelly Retreat, it’s about 10-15 minutes drive from us.  They have a wide range of local produce including fruit & vegetables, baked goods, general groceries and an excellent meat, fish & cheese counter.

There is also a good farm shop closer by in Leedstown which stocks local produce and general food supplies (5 mins drive).   Take the turn signed to Penzance at the crossroads in the Leedstown, follow this road for a minute and you’ll see the farm shop on your right, on the outskirts of the village.

For picking up the essentials, there is also a small general store and post office in Praze-en-Beeble, located in the middle of the village (about 5 mins drive from Pengelly).

Local Takeaways

Pick up a delicious Fish & Chips takeaway (it would be rude not to while in Cornwall!) from Gordy’s Fish & Chips in Praze en Beeble (5 mins drive), Frasers in Helston, Sanders Fish & Chips in Hayle (both 10 mins drive) and our favourite,  Porthleven Fish & Chips on Shute Lane near the harbour (15 mins drive).

For takeaway Pizzas, our closest is Big Gorilla Pizza Shack in Leedstown (5 minutes); we also like The Old Forge, near Lelant (15 mins) for delicious pizzas (inc vegan & gluten free options). The Deli at Porthleven does yummy stone-baked pizza.

And for tasty takeaway street-food, bao buns and seafood try Lula Beach Shack on North Quay, Hayle.  Or Feed at the Foundry Chapel in Hayle for street-food style breakfast and lunches.  (Both 10 minutes drive.)

A little beyond Helston, down in Cury Cross Lanes on the Lizard is Jumanjy’s, a good Thai takeaway option – food has to be ordered earlier in the day for evening pick up.  Good option if you’re heading back to Pengelly Retreat after a day on the Lizard (20 minutes drive).

Cornish Food Box Home Delivery

If you would like to have a food box with nourishing and locally sourced food delivered to your self-catering accommodation at Pengelly Retreat, then we recommend ordering from the Cornish Food Box Company.  They offer a mouth-watering array of Cornish produce including locally sourced meat, fish, dairy, baked goods, fruit and vegetables, plus a wide range of artisan products which you can enjoy in your lakeside retreat. In their words “food we can feel good about” with all food grown, reared, caught or made in Cornwall from 150 local producers and farmers.

Their drivers can liaise with us on delivery times, so you don’t have to worry about being here at a specific time and your food box can be ready and waiting for you on arrival at your luxury yurt or log cabin.  To get a view of what they can offer then take a look at their website and use our guest discount code PENGELLY RETREAT at check out to get  a discount on your oder too.

Fine Dining in the Pengelly Retreat Tipi with a Private Chef

Exclusively for Pengelly Retreat guests, enjoy private fine dining in the Pengelly Retreat tipi: our beautiful 18 foot tipi located in the gardens by the stream.  We can put you in touch with our recommended local chef who will prepare and serve a delicious three course meal for you.  A really indulgent and special experience in a unique setting.  We don’t charge Pengelly Retreat guests extra to book the use of the tipi for your special occasion meal, but it is subject to availability; please email us for more details at

Bespoke Luxury Picnics with Dine with Iris

As featured in The Times, if you are celebrating something special then book a luxury picnic with Dine with Iris.  She’ll set up a beautifully styled picnic for you in the location of your choice, whether on your private sun deck, in the gardens or in your accommodation.  See her website & instagram for lots of inspiration!