Food and Drink

Carbis Bay may be a small coastal town on the approach to St Ives but has fabulous places to eat and drink without venturing too far from your Carbis Bay holiday accommodation.

There is an expression in Cornwall that exclaims just how amazing something looks or tastes, so listen out for ”That’s rich!”. It can be used to describe landscapes, handsome pets, attractive plates of food or incredible holiday homes. As you can imagine, once tuned into it, we hear it a lot. It’s unsurprising really as Cornwall is splendid during all seasons but it blooms from spring through to late summer. The seascapes are spectacular and so, to be sat on a restaurant terrace overlooking a beach gazing out to sea eating incredible looking and tasting food and drink, locally sourced such as St Ives gin, Newlyn caught fish and Cornish Yarg, is very hard to beat.

Carbis Bay has a great selection of restaurants serving seafood, vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as traditional British dishes produced with local ingredients. Set off on foot to reach this great selection of eateries and enjoy the walk back to your self-catering accommodation in Carbis Bay feeling relaxed and satiated.

This family-run Spanish restaurant offers a warm, fun atmosphere and is great for anyone visiting Carbis Bay looking for something a little different.

The restaurant is decorated beautifully with ambient lighting and a rustic Spanish feel, plus you can also enjoy your visit from the outdoor terrace underneath the fairy lights. Using produce sourced locally as well as from Spain, La Casita’s menu features classic Spanish dishes and tapas options, alongside boutique fine wines and a mixed drinks menu.

  • Dog-friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Outside seating
  • Parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 799399

Part of the Carbis Bay Estate, The Beach Club Restaurant is located right off the sands of Carbis Bay Beach!

The restaurant has a sleek yet nautical feel, true to the landscape, with white wood beams and surrounding floor to ceiling glass walls as if you were still out on the beach. With the option of an outside sun terrace also, enjoy these spectacular beach views over their Mediterranean style menu, full of fresh fish, hand-picked crab and locally sourced options. You are guaranteed a holiday feel here, even if you’re a local!

  • Dog-friendly – allowed indoors during lunch service out of season and, during the summertime, outdoors only in the evenings
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 792811

This perfect little restaurant is worth a visit for anyone interested in experiencing the best of plant-based cuisine!

Located within a B&B, The Bean Inn offers an intimate dining experience with only a handful of tables nestled among displays of locally produced artwork. The Bean Inn menu is exclusively vegetarian and vegan, you will not find meat here! But do not fear, their fantastic flavours and creative dishes will not disappoint. The Bean Inn also offers a range of lovely cocktails as well as other alcoholic/non-alcoholic choices! Booking is essential!

  • Dog-Friendly – garden area only
  • Takeaway option
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Outside seating
  • Parking – On-street parking nearby

Visit their website or call them on 01736 791706

Found on the Carbis Bay beach front, this lovely Deli cafe offers sea views from within the modern yet rustic style cosy cafe, or from their outdoor patio.

The Deli menu comprised of speciality coffee, homemade pastries and cakes, as well as sandwiches and cold snacks. This is an ideal spot for a bit of wave watching over a cappuccino during the winter months or treating yourself to a cream tea whilst enjoying the sea air.

  • Vegetarian options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 792811

Recently refurbished, the Orangery at Carbis Bay Hotel hints at the rich history of the hotel, whilst still offering a light and relaxing space to enjoy a light lunch with a sea view just off the beach.

The Orangery serves classic British cuisine and light bites, with an evening menu that changes daily to feature a variety of seasonal offerings. Combine this with a substantial wine list from the Möet & Chandon cellar or a luxury Cornish Tregothnan tea, the Orangery oozes class and is a treat to enjoy.

  • Vegetarian options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 792811

With a beautifully elegant feel, this restaurant offers classic dining with a modern twist.

Located in central Carbis Bay, just off the road into St Ives, the Hungry Gannet is a great spot for those looking to enjoy a meal away from the crowds of St Ives. The Hungry Gannet also benefits from an outdoor terrace with seating for warmer days. Offering classic British cuisine using locally sourced produce, their hearty menu has been created by a rosette winning chef and is sure to satisfy! The Hungry Gannet also benefits from a licenced bar, making it an ideal spot for summer afternoons on the terrace if staying in Carbis Bay.

  • Dog-friendly – only on the outdoor terrace for drinks
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Outside seating – serving drinks only (food is served indoors only)
  • Nearby parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 795651

Another addition to the Carbis Bay Estate, this glamorous beachside restaurant offers fantastic beach views to admire over a glass of wine.

Hosted by executive chef Andrew Houghton, Walter’s on the beach offers a mix of internationally inspired dishes created with top-quality ingredients. Additionally to the luxury menu, this is the perfect spot for indulging in one of their specialist cocktails. They recommend their Pornstar Martini which includes a ‘Flavour Blaster’ bubble that surrounds the cocktail and gives a cloud of flavour!

  • Dog-friendly – serving only drinks outside (summertime only)
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating (summertime only)
  • Parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 795311

Drive by during the summer months and the queues leading around the building speaks for itself!

Becks Fish and Chips is not your standard chip shop, as well as offering takeaway they also offer restaurant dining and a licensed bar. Decorated with a quaint rustic feel, Becks not only produces great fish and chips, but is also coeliac approved due to its gluten-free batter option.

  • Children’s menu
  • Takeaway option
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 796241

Located within the Una Resort and Spa complex, Una Kitchen offers award-winning dining within a relaxed warm surrounding.

With a Mediterranean inspired menu, Una Kitchen offers a seasonal menu ranging from wood-fired pizzas to fresh fish dishes, as well as a fantastic Sunday Roast. Una Kitchen is an ideal location for a light lunch after enjoying their spa facilities, or pre-dinner drinks at their bar where you can enjoy a local beer or wine followed by a fantastic meal.

  • Dog-friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 257000

Aiming for simple dining using high-quality ingredients, The Old Forge offers a warm and relaxed dining experience with some great flavours.

With a charming rustic interior featuring exposed brick, dark wooden beams and plenty of ambience, The Old Forge is a lovely spot for dinner with friends and family where you can experience some great local food as well as a shop from their deli! Full of locally sourced produce as well as some of their own homemade starter sauces.

  • Dog-friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Outside seating – covered with heaters
  • Parking – some spaces on-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 753696

Birdies has panoramic views of the Lelant Estuary from both inside the cafe and from its outdoor seating area, making this an ideal spot for avid bird watchers!

The light and airy interiors have a modern vintage feel with a nod to the seaside, with large glass windows to maximise views of the surrounding area. This family-run business is the dream of a couple with a history in high profile kitchens, now producing English dishes with a twist using fresh seasonal produce. Birdies also has a licensed bar, so why not enjoy their famous bubble and squeak rendition with a glass of wine whilst taking in the dreamy views.

  • Dog-friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 759307

Another Lelant restaurant full of history, the Watermill has functioned not only as a grain mill and water pump for the local area but also as a riding school!

Located within a natural garden, their beer garden is an idyllic spot to enjoy lunch and a cold drink in the summer months, or move indoors and enjoy the traditional charm of this Cornish pub. Serving pub classics that you would expect to see, along with a Sunday lunch, these can be enjoyed with one of their many on tap local ales.

  • Dog-friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Local produce
  • Outside seating
  • Parking – On-site

Visit their website or call them on 01736 757912

Located in Lelant, on the way through to Carbis Bay and St Ives, The Badger Inn has a long history as both a pub and a hotel.

Known to have hosted Virginia Woolf on multiple occasions, The Badger Inn is a great spot for a cosy pub lunch or a drink with the locals, still sporting its rustic stone interiors and a roaring fireplace. Offering a Sunday carvery as well as a British hearty pub grub menu, The Badger also has plenty of outside seating in their beer garden, perfect for warm summer evenings under the outdoor festival lights.

  • Dog-friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Outside seating
  • Parking

Visit their website or call them on 01736 752181