About us

archie browns is a duo of thriving health food shops and cafés based in Penzance and Truro in Cornwall.

The story of how archie browns came to be goes a little something like this...Helen, the business owner, had owned a vibrant and bustling vegetarian café for a number of years opposite what was Richards Health Food Shop in Penzance. When the owner of the health food shop, John Richards, decided to retire, he looked around for someone who he thought had what it took to carry on the health food shop business, and he didn't have to look far. Just over the road he found Helen, cooking up a storm in Browns Vegetarian Café.

Helen, never being one to shy away from a challenge, sang a joyful and resounding yes to the offer and hasn’t looked back since! She renamed the business to archie browns after her only son Archie and her lovely little veggie café Browns - which she relocated to the upstairs part of the shop.

You will notice that there is a heart right in the centre of the archie browns logo and this echoes Helen’s vision for the business. She always puts her heart right in the centre of everything she does and is careful to employ people who do the same!

Helen has a tireless passion for vegetarian and vegan cookery and feels very strongly about empowering people to take responsibility for their health through great food, fantastic supplements and high quality advice from knowledgeable staff.

This proved to be a winning formula and the shop and café went from strength to strength. After a few years and much demand Helen decided to open another archie browns in Truro and the rest as they say is history…

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