Jubilee Pool in Penzance is at once the most calming, awe-inspiring and charming place to take an outdoor swim (besides the sea of course). I went there on a grey day, there was a little rain, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to eat my lunch there too. I mean, most post-swim food in memories that comes in fully vegan is based around chips. There’s always chips you guys. (Please excuse iPhone pictures, I was not prepared for the sheer beauty!)
I was pretty stoked after doing some laps of the pretty-much-empty pool, to find that there was something beautifully created on the menu, other than sweet sweet fries, to satisfy the après-bathing vegan.
But first, a little about the pool, because the surroundings are most definitely part of the pleasure here. It was designed in the early 1930s by Captain F Latham, the Borough Engineer and was a popular amenity for over 50 years. However, by 1992 the pool had become dilapidated to the extent that its future operation was in doubt. Fortunately a retired local architect, John Clarke, who recognised the pool’s importance came to the rescue. He was alarmed when a proposal to build a copper coloured pyramid structure over the pool was suggested. Mild peril you guys!
Clarke formed The Jubilee Pool Association with other local supporters, and thanks to his direct input the pool was listed. In the following two years, John and members of the JPA worked voluntarily with Penwith District Council to secure essential grant funding to contribute to the pool’s restoration over two phases. In 1994, after essential re-structural works, the pool reopened to much acclaim. It is now owned and operated by a Community Benefit Society, Friends of Jubilee Pool.
Yeh, yeh, history, get to the food. The silliest thing is, this was in July (yes, everything about this blog is sloooow) and I’ve all but totally forgotten the exact ingredients of the really very delicious sausage sandwich I had at the cafe. It did have amazing pickles and some kind of wonderful miso ‘butter’ in it, and the fries were great, and essentially this was one of the best post-swim snacks I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
I guess the point here is: visit the Jubilee Pool. Eat the food. Drink the coffee. Support something good happening in this most southerly of towns. £5 per bathe, lunch was not much more. Wonderful.
Jubilee Pool, Battery Road, Penzance. Cornwall, UK, TR18 4FF