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“Lovely food and staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mackerel Sky - CLOSED

Mackerel Sky
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: Seafood, British, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: We are a husband and wife team at Mackerel Sky. We provide home-cooked food with locally sourced produce and ingredients. Our main focus is on seafood, sourcing our fish fresh from Newlyn fish market.
East Anglia
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely food and staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

We found the Mackerel Sky by accident when looking for somewhere to eat in Penzance. What a lucky find - the upstairs restaurant is atmospheric and warm, and the food we had was delicious. We both tried the chargrilled halloumi cheese salad with raspberries and grapefruit. It sounded a bit strange but it was amazing - I will be trying to recreate this myself in the near future! Thanks for a lovely evening - you deserve to be number one on this list in our opinion.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank EastAngliaBunny
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Great food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

5 of us went for lunch on Friday 7th June, having booked upstairs in advance. Everyone had superb food and the service was first class. My fish tacos were excellent and the brownie dessert with ice cream really tasty and light. Compliments were also forthcoming for every other dish, particularly the monkfish in batter and the beefburger. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank philip e
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Massive Disappointment!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

We read all the reviews so thought we'd try this on the last night of our recent holiday. There was a nice atmosphere and it was quite busy so we were very hopeful for a good meal. The starter was a shared tasting plate with various seafood and cheese. It was unusual, and there was rather a lot of cheese. But the seafood, what there was of it, was nice. For the mains we tried the crab cakes, and the tomato and olive tart. Neither of us could detect a hint of crab, or anything other than potato in the crab cake, and the tart turned out to be a square of puff pastry with tomato sauce spread on it, and cheese. Quite disappointing!

  • Visited May 2013
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5 Thank Bill_Bson
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Nina M, Owner at Mackerel Sky, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Dear Bill,

Thank you for re-submitting your review. As I previously stated your-feed back is of great importance to us at Mackerel Sky Cafe.

Thank-you for complimenting the nice atmosphere, It is something that we work hard to try and achieve. I'm glad that you liked the sea-food on the tasting board and i understand that you found the selection of cheeses a little too much. I have no problem with substitutions on our tasting board, if you are not a fan, then an item can exchanged, no extra charge or problem.

I'm sorry to hear that you could not find a hint of crab in the crab cakes, this is probably because I have never had a crab cake/s on the menu. We do however have a smoked haddock and bacon fishcake with soft poached Treen farm organic egg. I'm afraid i don't put crab in this fishcake, so i can understand why you couldn't find a hint of crab and were subsequently disappointed.

The slow roasted tomato tart with black olives and Cornish brie, always comes with 7 hour slow roasted local tomatoes, i can only apologise if it wasn't to your liking.

At Mackerel Sky strive to give the best customer service and food, if you are unhappy, it is advisable to alert someone and dishes will be replaced with the minimum amount of fuss and distress...... even phantom crab cakes.

Thank-you for taking the time to resubmit you review after the first review you submitted was removed for breaching Trip advisor guidelines. I must add a note of caution however in that it takes a life time of hard work to build a good reputation but only a few flippant and inaccurate comments to ruin one.

Many Thanks Bill,

James MacLean

Chef Owner Mackerel Sky Cafe Penzance.
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2 reviews
“Great Dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

On our second visit in TWO days we found the same attention to detail in everything we ordered.
The sample board for starters had a great selection of cheeses, delicately fried melt-in-your-mouth squid, a tasty tapenade, bread, and more. The mains we ordered were freshly caught cod fillets sautéed, then beautifully presented on a delicious sauce with chorizo and small browned potato rounds then topped with fresh salad. The flavors were intriguing and delicious. I just wish this restaurant was in our home town!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank vjs50
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Snyder, Texas
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66 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Top Notch Food and Armosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

We had the California fish tacos. They were outstanding. The service was fast and friendly. Try this place when you are in Penzance

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Bioboy48
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