Driven at least partly by Cornwall’s status as an extraordinary foodie destination, a kind of virtuous circle in which high-profile chefs like Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth, and top local producers are prospering in popularity.
The region’s beer, meat, cider and ice-cream are winning an army of fans all over Britain. From the best restaurants, beach cafés, seafood joints and cosy inns, here are our top foodie recommendations in and around St Ives.
1. SILco. Searoom Gastrobar – St Ives
Positioned perfectly on the cobbled streets of St Ives harbour, just meters form the beach. The multi-award winning gastrobar serves great coffee, real breakfasts, local seafood and of course their very own St Ives Liquor Co. Gin & Tonic!
1 Wharf House, St Ives, Cornwall, TR27 1PG
2. Alba – St Ives
Alba is a fine dining restaurant located on the first floor of the former lifeboat house offering panoramic views across St Ives bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. The cuisine at Alba is mostly of a modern British style. Downstairs, the cosmopolitan A Bar offers small plates, cocktails and coffee as well.
Old Lifeboat House, Wharf Road, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1LF
3. St Tudy Inn – St Tudy
The St.Tudy Inn is a wonderful Cornish pub that celebrates the finest seasonal produce from the surrounding area. Situated in the beautiful Cornish village of St.Tudy, the Inn has a warm and cosy atmosphere and a passion for simple, rustic cuisine, real ales and fine wines.
St Tudy, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 3NN
4. Moomaids of Zennor – St Ives
Serving the widest choice of Moomaid ice cream flavours, hot drinks, homemade cakes, and cream teas with a balcony to shelter from the sun and seagulls what could be better?
1 Wharf Road, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1LF
5. St Ives Bakery – St Ives
You can find an assortment of different bakes in the St Ives Bakery located in the heart of St Ives. Look through their window and you’ll soon be drawn in by the meringues and freshly baked loaves of bread.
52 Fore St, Saint Ives TR26 1HE
6. The Allotment Deli – St Ives
The Allotment Deli specialise in a providing a wide range of Cornish products from award winning Cornish cheese to freshly made pastries. A small set of farmers and local allotments bring you fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Shop 1, 30a Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, TR26 1HE
7. Rick Stein – Porthleven
With fantastic harbour views, Rick Stein’s restaurant uses local and seasonal produce to create dishes inspired by his travels around the world such as Goan cod curry, salt and pepper prawns, classic Cornish fish and chips, and steaks.
Mt Pleasant Rd, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JS
8. Ben Tunnicliffe – Sennen Cove
Situated in a rugged and unspoilt natural bay, just two miles from Lands End, the Ben Tunnicliffe’s restaurant enjoys commanding views of beautiful Sennen Cove. Ben proudly supports local farmers and fisherman, with the finest seasonal ingredients featuring on the menu, offering a variety of culinary delights.
Sennen Cove, Cornwall, TR19 7BT
9. Rock Pool Café – Mousehole
Perched on the rocks above the sea pool in Mousehole, there’s no better place to spend a while sipping coffee and soaking up the heavenly view.
The Parade, Mousehole, TR19 6PT
10. Star & Garter – Falmouth
Fish direct from the boat. Meat from the farm, butchered, cured and smoked themselves. World class whiskies. Rums galore. Harbour view, Star and Garter, in the heart of Falmouth is definitely worth a visit.
52 High St, Falmouth TR11 2AF
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