Archie Browns is a thriving health food shop, therapy space and café that aims to provide people with the choice of a healthy lifestyle and empower them to look after their own health by providing a friendly helpful service with an all round uplifting and inspiring environment. The Health Food Store provides a vast range of foods, supplements, beauty products and environmentally friendly cleaning products. They stock organic, fairtrade, vegetarian and vegan foods, teas, coffees and drinks, including foods for special diets. Savouries and sweets are also available to buy and are all made in their café kitchen. They encourage and support buying produce locally. In the shop they have local cheeses, honey, milk, eggs and yogurt. The café opens daily Mon-Sat, 9am to 5.00pm. It cooks fresh vegan and vegetarian food every day from - where possible - locally sourced and organic produce. This includes fresh fruit and vegetables from local sources, Molly's eggs from Treen near Lands End and local milk and cheeses.
Blas is a burger joint with a difference. They use recycled boxes and napkins. They recycle cans, glass, plastic, paper and they take their veg waste for composting so that it can be used to grow lovely salad for the restaurant! Their furniture is made from reclaimed timber or from sustainable sources. Their cleaning products are made by Ecover. The fish they sell is from non-pressure stocks (so no cod with your chips) and they try very hard to buy local. If you have a glut of something yummy and want to sell it, go and talk to them!
At Johnny’s Café they believe in re-using and respecting the beauty of old craftsmanship; the environment; and in good quality, wholesome food. They offer: fresh homemade breakfasts; lunches; plus cakes and evening meals. They have great interior styling, where you can relax at comfortable recycled tables and chairs. The outdoor dining area has glorious views of the Hayle Estuary and St Ives. Their wholefood shop stocks speciality breads, chilled vegetarian foods, delicious ice creams, Cornish produce, plus gifts (many recycled). There’s free wi-fi, families are welcome and complementary therapies are available in therapy rooms upstairs.
Churches Together in the Penzance Area recognised that increasing numbers of people in the area were truly starting to get stressed by failing "to make ends meet." So in 2011 a team of volunteers came together to create the Food Bank. A number of local supermarkets and churches allow for a Food Bank collection box to be situated around the exit tills or the back of the church. These collection boxes, having been filled by members of the general public, are then emptied twice a week by volunteers. Recipients are identified through a voucher system organised by Social Services, CAB, Schools, Doctors and Health visitors, PHA, Job Centre Plus, YMCA, Community Police, and other caring agencies. The demand on the Food Bank is increasing all the time.
The Apple Tree Cafe is a warm and welcoming community cafe near Lands End. It's open all year round and serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, catering for all diets. There'a also a garden for sunny days plus sofas round a woodburning stove for wet ones! Children are very welcome and it's close to stunning coast and countryside.
The Cook Book has home-made cakes; delicious cream teas; soups that vary with the season and the ingenuity of the cook; fresh local line-caught mackerel, smoked on the premises; baguettes, breakfasts and home-baked ham plus “the best coffee in Cornwall”. Their café-bookshop is children and dog friendly. There are friendly staff, daily papers to read and books … about 5,000 second-hand books in three rooms upstairs, on the stairs and in the café itself.
Trevaskis Farm offers just about everything. You can pick your own fruit and vegetables, buy produce from their farm shop, eat at their restaurant and learn about organic farming. They also offer opportunities for schools, colleges, adult education and social groups to learn more about the origins of the food they eat.