Places to eat & drink in St Ives and nearby

A must-try list of places to eat and drink while on holiday.

When coming on holiday to Cornwall, what we all look forward to the most is  good weather, good surf conditions, good food and good wine, cider or ales! Remember to book ahead during busy periods!:

 

Sea Rooms, The Wharf
www.thesearoomstives.co.uk
Good Food Award  Winner 2016!
They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Can offer gluten free options  and have outside seating overlooking the harbour beach as well as tables inside.  There’s a great selection of vegetarian options as well as locally caught fresh  fish.They don’t take reservations so it’s a turn up and chance it so beware of  peak dining times. Opening hours are 9.30 to 20.30.

 

The Cellar Bistro, 29 – 31 Fore Street
www.cellar-bistro.co.uk
Don’t be put off by its name, there are dining tables and seating downstairs but also in a naturally lit area too. You have a great choice of wines and cocktails and the menu has fresh fish,  shellfish and locally sourced meat  as well as a few delicious vegetarian  options. It is better to book as it can be very busy. They are open  between 18.00 to 21.00.

 

Pels, The Wharf (opposite the slipway on the harbour front)
Pels is perfect for breakfasts and lunches with their savoury and sweet crepes and chunky, freshly
prepared door stop sandwiches. Fancy a freshly prepared pizza? Choose your topping and go! There is a great choice of cakes including gluten free options  and they do fabulous soya cappucinos too.

 

Porthminster Beach Cafe, Porthminster Beach
www.porthminstercafe.co.uk
Recently reward two AA Rosette award and is ranked 61st in the UK’s most prestigious restaurants. What better setting than on a beach? It is a bright and airy restaurant with outstanding views. A fabulous seafood menu yet with a fairly  good choice of meats and vegetarian options too. They are open for breakfast through to dinner and are open between 9am to 21.30.

 

Blas Burgerworks, The Warren
www.blasburgerworks.co.uk
Cornish meat cooked on a chargrill. Blackbean burger with corn salsa and guacamole…. Is your mouth watering yet?  definitely worth a visit! Great choice of plentiful burgers and fries whether  meat, chicken or vegetarian  preferences apply. You sit at long benches so you  feel part of a great  burger club. It can get very busy but they only take bookings for groups of 6 or more people. If you fancy taking away, they do that too with a 10% discount. They are open between 17.30 and 21.30.

 

Porthgwidden Beach Cafe, Porthgwidden Beach
www.porthgwiddencafe.co.uk  
Another  beach favourite, it is perched overlooking Porthgwidden beach so breakfast,  lunch and dinner (during the summer) offer spectacular views. There is outside seating as well as a small area inside. The views are framed by a huge window so everyone gets to see the sea even if you don’t have a window seat. Great choice of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes all fairly priced. It’s best to
book as this little gem can get booked up quickly. Opening times vary across the year so  best to visit website.

 

The Hidden Kitchen and Dining, St Andrew’s Street
www.hiddenkitchenstives.co.uk
This is dining taken to a new level in St Ives. It is more a ‘Supper Club’ and an understated feel to
this restaurant makes you feel you are dining in someone’s home. Intimate, relaxed and inclusive. Pre-dinner drinks are served in a comfy area meaning the anticipation rises with each sip and then you are taken through to the dining area. The menu is kept brief and changes regularly. If you have dietary requirements, best check well in advance and see if they can cater for you. 5/5 ratings regularly.

 

West Beach Bakery, Porthmeor Beach
www.westbeachbakery.com 
Again, what better setting  than on the beach in a relaxed and informal environment? Head to the west side of the beach (closest to the public short stay car park). Breakfast is served daily from 9am to 11.30am, lunch is between  12.00 and 16.00 and pizzas between 12.00 – 21.00. Dinner menu is pizza, some starters and a choice of Thai curries.  There is a friendly children’s menu too. A great location and great value for  money.

 

Porthmeor Beach Cafe, Porthmeor Beach
www.porthmeor-beach.co.uk 
Staying on the beach theme,  Porthmeor Beach Cafe is one not to be missed. Delicious tapas with crisp white  wine while the sun sets, perfect. Summer opening times is 9am to 9pm where there  is space to sit indoors and outside alfresco (snuggly blankets provided if it  goes a little chilly). A good  selection of seafood, meat and vegetarian options  are available. Best to book as it can get busy.

 

Mermaid  Seafood Restaurant, Fish Street
www.mermaidstives.com
A great intimate and cosy restaurant away from the madding crowd! Fish comes straight from the harbour with lobster on the summer menus. A fabulous selection of seafood dishes as well as a few meat dishes. Not brilliant for vegetarians I’m afraid. Exceptionally  popular so booking well in advance is advised!

 

Now for some places we think you will like outside St Ives…

Tinners Arms, Zennor
www.tinnersarms.com
A fabulous country pub with good food, wine and ale. The portion sizes are generous and the ambiance in the pub  area is perfect to get a real Poldark feel of Cornwall. The restaurant area lacks the same atmosphere of the bar area so we always try to eat within the pub. It’s dog-friendly whether indoors  or out, with plenty of seats on the terrace to enjoy the spectacular  sunsets on  offer. Best to book well in advance during peak weeks.

 

The Gurnard’s Head, just passed Zennor on the coast road to Land’s End www.gurnardshead.co.uk 
Well worth a trip out in the car to Gurnard’s Head as the walks around  it are spectacular, the garden area is perfect for children to run freely and  the restaurant/ pub has a relaxed feel with friendly and attentive staff. The  food is sublime with a great selection of locally sourced meat and  fish. They have a good understanding of food intolerances so can cater for coeliacs if given enough notice. A decent selection of vegetarian options  too but not too exhaustive. The wine is delicious as well as the local Cornish  ales and ciders. Don’t be alarmed if you see a herd of cows passing as you  dine…it’s all part of the Cornish lifestyle..

 

2 Fore Street, Mousehole
www.2forestreet.co.uk 
Vibrant, continental feel with a  bistro-style restaurant offering locally sourced and caught food and the menu  changes frequently to take in the different seasons and catches. The restaurant  is light and airy with views over to St Michael’s Mount across Mounts Bay but  they also have an intimate garden area to catch the summer warmth. It’s got a  great inclusive vibe which instantly puts you at ease with a glass of Prosecco  in hand.

 

The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole
www.oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk
A sister company to The Gurnard’s Head, you can expect the same quality of food and service as well as the relaxed ambience offering a combination of sofas or dining tables to soak up the stunning views on top of Mount’s Bay to St Michael’s Mount. The  added bonus here is they have parking!

 

The Shore Restaurant, Alverton Terrace, Penzance
www.theshorerestaurant.co.uk 
A superb seafood restaurant where the menu changes to suit the seasons and the daily catch. The Chef has worked in Michelin starred kitchens across the UK including Gary Rhodes and Rick Steins and happily brings his skills and experience to Penzance. It is a small and intimate restaurant and booking is highly recommended. Each time you eat, you get tailored service from the Chef himself so you get to quiz him on his techniques too!

 

Mackerel Sky, New Street, Penzance
www.mackerelskycafe.co.uk  
Another seafood lover’s dream. Just off Market Jew Street, this small cafe/ restaurant offers plentiful  food at great prices and service with a smile. Ideal for fish or meat eating  afficionados but not vegetarians. The desserts are ‘proper Cornish’ too with Rodda’s clotted cream with sweet delights or  Roskilly’s ice-cream as a side or selection of flavours.

 

These are just a few places to be whetting your appetites which we aim to keep updated as time goes by and details change.

If you’re visiting St Ives with children you may also want to check out our other blog on the best family friendly places to eat in St Ives >>

Buon appetitio!