Situated in a rugged and unspoilt natural bay, just two miles from Lands End, the restaurant enjoys commanding views of beautiful Sennen Cove.

Housed in the former Beach restaurant, this is a family friendly, informal beach side eatery. Passionate about seasonal produce, Ben Tunnicliffe proudly supports local farmers and fisherman, with the finest seasonal ingredients featuring on the menu.

With views looking out on to the beach and into the clear waters, Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove offers a variety of culinary delights.

Ben Tunnicliffe

The classically trained chef Ben Tunnicliffe opened his first restaurant as a joint venture in Penzance with his wife Kinga and in partnership with Jean Shrimpton and her husband Michael. The Abbey Restaurant quickly gained an outstanding reputation for its quality of food and service. This was confirmed with Ben’s award of a Michelin Star in 2003, which he retained until the sale of the business in 2008. Subsequently Ben was invited to become part of the launch team for the prestigious Scarlett Hotel in Mawgan Porth. After establishing the kitchen, Ben held the position of Head Chef. In 2012, Ben went back to his roots and took over the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn, and in 2015 opened Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove.

Supporting Local Artists

Our Restaurant and Surf Den are full of beautiful local art.

Introducing Mat McIvor artist in residence at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Mat McIvor is a local artist, illustrator, mural painter, poster designer and it is Mat’s artwork that surrounds our restaurant.

Mat’s colourful, cartoon-like paintings and prints brighten up the restaurant. The Play Eat Drink features are made on wooden canvases, and were the stimulus behind our character. A place where went want people to enjoy the stunning location, eat a variety of culinary delights and drink what they prefer to perfectly compliment the food.

Mat’s cartoon posters also surrounds the restaurant and they set the scene for our regular events. Whether it’s Sennen Sounds, Oyster Festival or Surf Competition each poster is bright and crafted with the finest detail.

Mat is an inspiration himself, he was born with buphthalmos and infantile glaucoma (diseases that usually occur in children which seriously impacts their eyesight). Mat had operations to save his sight when he was about 8 months old. The sight was saved in his left eye but not his right and is still blind in one eye.

Ben Cook, our friendly Surf Den barman and artist looks at the world through the eyes of a surfer by referencing beach culture and the material aesthetics associated with a contemporary surfing lifestyle.

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Ben At Sennen, is proud to be awarded the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017and the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017 Awards.

About the Awards

The Good Food Guide – since 1951, The Good Food Guide has reviewed the best restaurants, pubs and cafés across the UK. Each year, the Guide is completely rewritten and compiled from scratch. All reviews are based on the huge volume of feedback that they receive from readers and this, together with anonymous inspections, ensures that every entry is assessed afresh.  This is the second year in a row that Ben At Sennen has been awarded this award.

Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017 – MICHELIN guide inspectors are constantly looking for new establishments and rare finds. They try out all sorts of restaurants and cooking styles. They act as ordinary, anonymous customers and always pay their bills. There is just one difference – they are professionals, evaluating every dish on the basis of five criteria: the quality of the produce, the personality of the cuisine, culinary expertise and flavour, value for money and consistency. The best restaurants are awarded a Bib Gourmand or Michelin Stars, which are given only for the quality of the food and are always awarded by the group of inspectors as a whole. Comfort and service are scored separately, and we are delighted to receive this recognition from Michelin.