Places to eat & drink in St Ives and nearby
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 >>