The Invisible World of Food

Take a well-earned break in our newly-refurbished Core Café. Whilst you're there, discover more about the Invisible World of Food, and find out how microbes have contributed to our food, crops and health in the past, present and future.

Microbes grow, ferment, flavour and help digest our food. Sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, kefir, miso and soy sauce are all fermented by microbes. Without microbes, there would also be no cheese, yoghurt, bread, beer, salami, chocolate, coffee, wine or sake. Within us, right now, microbes are helping to digest our food. No microbes, no food.

Don't forget to check out our rooftop Rock Garden, packed with moss, ferns and fossils. Plus, we've a soft play area for under-fives just next to the café. 

Dietary needs

We cater for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets. If you have a specific requirement or allergy, please speak to a member of staff.

Sourcing and recycling

We’re proud that over 80% of the money we spend on catering suppliers is spent on businesses in Cornwall and Devon. We use only Cornish meat, dairy and eggs in our on-site cafés – as well as Cornish salad leaves, when they are in season. Find out about our sourcing.

We recycle a lot of our food waste in a huge composter that transforms it into a nitrogen-rich soil enhancer for our gardens.