Business Spotlights: Cob & Pen

Cobb & Pen is one of the most unique restaurants and nightlife locales available in Lakeland. More than a restaurant or event venue, the space is "...a place to connect with people." The restaurant and venue offer a truly excellent and unique experience to be shared with friends and loved ones. Everything from the space itself to the quality of the service offered makes it the perfect place to spend an evening.

The space also has a particular focus on fun and recreation. Cornhole boards on the lawn and ample spaces specifically designed for connection and conversation make the space a perfect place to enjoy.

While the restaurant is both unique and well-done, the restaurant prides itself on being an accessible option for everyone.


Location

The restaurant's environment is really what makes it stand out as special. Situated in a 1927 home called the Tudor House, this home changed owners several times through the years and saw a handful of renovations. The home was expanded by its previous owner with a garage, more bedrooms, a full bar, and a ballroom. It was designed to entertain business partners and out-of-town guests by its owner. Elvis actually stayed overnight in the Tudor House in the '70s after a performance in Lakeland, CA.

When the home was purchased again in 2014, the new owners planned to tear down the building and build a new structure in its place. Some benefactors saved the original portion of the house and relocated it to its current location, where it currently exists as Cobb & Pen. The house was perfect for this purpose; the owners share a unique passion for storytelling, community, and preservation all come together to create not just a dining experience, but a communal experience of mutual welcoming.


Menu

Cobb & Pen offers a main menu and a brunch menu. The appetizers are perfect for sharing, with selections like a cheese charcuterie board, smoked fish dip, and a selection of ever-revolving fry plates. Main courses include bar classics like fish and chips and other house specialties like their cast iron Mac and cheese. If you're feeling German, they offer "Schnitzel and Spaetzle": a breaded pork cutlet served with german noodles, spinach, lemon, and caper sauce.

Their brunch menu continues the communal thread with appetizers like "brunch fries": Hand-cut fries with bacon, house hash, sunny side eggs, cheddar, and sriracha mayo. They also offer brunch classics like shrimps and grits, French toast, and a breakfast smash burger. Of course, their bar is open during brunch, so you can always get your Bloody Mary fix.

Cobb & Pen is everything we love about Lakeland: It's well-done, unique, and thoughtful, without being overdone or stuffy. Be sure to stop by on your next trip to Lakeland.

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