It’s been well publicised that Cornwall is the new ‘foodie capital’ of the UK – and with good reason, as we have the freshest fish, the thickest cream and the mightiest real ale and cider around. So whilst visiting Cornwall you may have a particular interest in enjoying all the culinary delights we have to offer, and why wouldn’t you? We’ve picked 5 delectable eateries in St Ives that we think you should visit when you are in the area.
The Rum & Crab Shack (above)
The Sunday Times described this as 'the sort of bar you dream about, informal and friendly'. Over 50 rums and the freshest seafood dishes - including Cornwall's only soft-shell crab burger and a very more-ish Gumbo - are served up in this harbour-fronted fisherman's loft. The interior makes you feel like you're on a boat, especially at high tide when all you can see out the window is blue sea.
The Black Rock Restaurant
The Black Rock restaurant is about top-notch Cornish produce, super fresh fish and shellfish, meat and game from nearby farms and fantastic seasonal vegetables. They focus on flavoursome rustic style dishes, old school favourites and simply cooked but well executed seafood. With a stylish and relaxed atmosphere, with local art adorning contemporary décor, this place is truly a place to sit back and relax. The Black Rock has been awarded the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand award for the fifth year running, and is one of only five Cornish restaurants with this award.
Porthminster Cafe is a multi award winning seafood restaurant that offers a unique dining experience. While dining on the terrace waves can be heard lapping onto the beach, breath-taking views soar across the bay to Godrevy Lighthouse and dolphins are often seen playing in the surf. Inside the restaurant, a striking white Art Deco Building, walls are adorned with the vibrant colourful art from local artists. Their lunch and evening menus change daily to utilise the finest local produce available - Cornish seafood and shellfish from just outside their windows, to herbs and vegetables from their garden next to the restaurant make this restaurant sustainable and fits in with the Una St Ives ethos.
Moomaid of Zennor
Moomaid of Zennor is a small family business making ice cream and sorbet on a farm just 5 miles away from St Ives. Fresh milk from their herd of 100 cows, Cornwall’s famous Rodda's cream and the finest ingredients are mixed by hand to make a rich and luxurious ice cream. As well as the usual favourites, Moomaid of Zennor love coming up with new, exotic flavours like Pina Colada and their famous ‘Shipwreck’ – you’ll have to visit to find out what that is! They also serve freshly ground coffee and homemade cakes and cream teas plus some extraordinary sundaes - perfect to enjoy on the small terrace overlooking St Ives harbour.
Porthmeor Beach is a truly magical place. This sandy shoreline is a haven for surfers and a firm favourite with families looking for a fun day out by the sea. An expansive stretch of clean, crisp golden sand makes for a beautiful location and is perfect for hitting the surf, making a splash in the shallows or just lying back and soaking up the atmosphere. The Porthmeor Beach Café is a fully licensed venue offering an imaginative menu of traditional and contemporary dishes from breakfast and brunch through to evening dining, with snacks and drinks also available to take away.