Porthmeor Beach Cafe
Located centrally on the beach, this beachside cafe is somewhere we would recommend to all of our guests, so do try and book a table well in advance of your stay. The experience is second to none, as is the food! They have a variation of tables and seating, so you can pick your own dining experience at Porthmeor. Their unique ‘pods’ with heaters and blankets make for a romantic dining experience and, being just seconds from the sand and sea simply adds to the most perfect backdrop.
If you don’t quite feel like braving the elements, they have indoor seating where you get first hand views of the ocean on one side and their open kitchen on the other, so you get to see where all the magic happens whilst enjoying remarkable views.
Bringing a dog on holiday to St Ives? They can join you at Porthmeor Beach cafe too! Porthmeor has an outdoor terraced area that is covered with heaters and it is an allocated dog friendly area. You can come rain or shine and you can’t pre-book, so you can head there as and when you and the pooch are feeling peckish.
Their tapas style menu means it is a great location to sit and share delicious food and make wonderful memories with friends and family!
Over on the west-side of Porthmeor you have ‘West’. This outdoor/partially covered restaurant and takeaway is open from spring to autumn and they offer some of the best pizzas in St Ives, freshly made everyday!
Their pizza menu is one of the most popular in the town and as they can be enjoyed by people dining in or to takeaway, we can’t imagine just how many they must make a day.
Don’t fancy a pizza? During their lunchtime service they run a ‘deli’ menu too which offers daily specials and healthy salad options which always adds a great variety. It is probably one of our favourite coffee spots too. So, if you are only quickly passing, be sure to head down there and grab a coffee and cake.
One of the best things about West is simply how close you are to the sea. Whether you’ve been for a long surf and you desperately need some carbs or if you’ve been for a quick dip and want to relax and unwind with a cool beer, West is just moments from the water’s edge.
If you’re entering into the debate of ‘what side of the beach do we sit!?’ and you’re trying to weigh up your options of being in the perfect sun spot, close enough to the sea, close to toilets and food, the middle is always your safest bet!
Central Porthmeor has a great takeaway that sits just below the restaurant. It is great for a quick bite to eat. Here you can find a range of pasties, sandwiches, salads, sausage rolls, chips, burgers…even crispy squid! It is a perfect compromise for the whole family as they really do have something for everyone. Another bonus about visiting here is their Ice cream shop, because what is a day at the beach without ice cream!? Although, ALWAYS watch out for the seagulls. They get better every year at snatching ice creams.
In the summer, Porthmeor Takeaway also sells Pimm’s, is there any way better to spend a hot afternoon!?