Saturday, 7 January 2012

Acorn Reborn.

We're overjoyed to see that the beautiful Acorn theatre appears to be born again, and is tempting the culture-starved with mind-fuelling morsels once more. Last year, the organising bodies were in disarray, so good shows were thin on the ground, but we saw (and adored) the audacious Murray Lachlan Young, the consummate Tom Dale and the prodigious Flats & Sharps. The Acorn is a gorgeous old venue, and in great nick too. In many ways it's the perfect venue: palatial in statue but cosy in character – not unlike the awesome Union Chapel or Bush Hall in London. Because of this it attracts those cool and quirky artists that seek that style for their performances. And that suits us. A swift scroll down the website reveals a healthy programme of arty events. We've earmarked the following items:

Seann Walsh, in the ‘Ying and Young’ Tour
Saturday, January 28th

John Peel's Shed
Saturday, March 17th

Trembling Bells & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Wednesday, May 2nd



Images © Nik Strangelove

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Best coffee by a long shot.


With a faint whiff of fresh paint still hanging in the air, The Assay House's newness is tangible. As the latest in an express succession of inhabitants of number twelve Chapel Street, we watched with puzzled minds and hopeful hearts as the name board was screwed to the fascia. With its gentrified locale, period glass frontage and open-plan interior, the premises is yearning for an owner to put its merits to proper use and provide Penzance with an asset that lasts. While this new incarnation hasn't quite settled in, we enjoyed our first acquaintance with the place. Not operating as a full restaurant yet, instead, The Assay House has coffee, teas, cakes and small menu of antipasti, as well as beers, spirits and wine. They also sell wines by the carafe – a thoughtful touch. The highlight, though, is the coffee; it's the best we've come across in the area. To our taste, the Flat White we tried was on the money. The beans are supplied by Portioli, an Italian brand we hadn't heard of, but have duly noted. PP will be back for more.

The Assay House
12 Chapel Street






Images © Nik Strangelove