Our love affair with St Ives began the first time we drove into town and caught a glimpse of the harbour with the Island Chapel perched above… somehow so welcoming. The sun lighting up those aqua waters, pale golden beaches and harbour life. Just great for the soul!
We come down to St Ives often and love the seasonal changes – walking around the town and harbour soaking up St Ives’ soothing atmosphere.
With beach cafes, seafood restaurants, fish & chips and organic burgers…. St Ives offers some of the best food in the south west, and is heaven for foodies like us. With great delis like The Digey Foodroom and The Allotment it’s super easy to throw a lunch together. Casual combinations of olives, focaccia and local cheeses make a perfect lunch while looking as far Godrevy and Hayle Bay from the Lighthouse Apartment’s terrace.
We mostly eat out as it’s so tempting and there’s so much choice… I’d like to share our most-loved eateries with you…
Our all-time go-to is Porthmeor Beach cafe. Australian chef Cameron brings a taste of Sydney to this surfing beach cafe with clever and delicious tapas. Eat in or out, and if we’re lucky we manage to get a pod, created from former beach huts. There’s always a great buzz and we love to watch the surfers as the sun goes down. We’ve admired the sunset many times over the odd glass and never tire of it. Blankets and heaters are on standby should we feel a chill, but this rarely happens. They’re open from 9am to 9pm from the end of March to the end of September and throughout the winter from 9.30am to 4pm.
Sometimes we start our day with a great breakfast and nothing’s better than a beachside table at Porthgwidden Beach Cafe, open all year round. For £5.95 you’ll get smoked salmon & scrambled eggs on toast and it’s yummy. Beneath the slopes of The Island and the Coastwatch lookout, Porthgwidden is a pretty little beach, ideal for youngsters, edged with nostalgic and colourful beach chalets. Check out their web cam at porthgwiddencafe.co.uk.
Even fish and chips are elevated to new levels in St Ives – the Harbour Fish & Chip cafe serve fish battered or grilled together with a decent bottle of wine or beer for eating in or out. Their minted peas are the best.
If you fancy “cranking up the gastrometer” then book a window table at fine dining restaurant The Alba, which overlooks the Lifeboat station and harbour. The chef uses local produce and they have a fantastic wine list. Starters are particularly good and my husband loves the crab linguine The A Bar downstairs has a great range of cocktails for pre-dinner drinks, or anytime you fancy dropping in. The walls are covered in fabulous art from some of the influential St Ives artists.
There are many more wonderful eateries in St Ives – you’ll soon discover your own favourites… And if you have any room left, don’t forget to try Moomaid ice cream, Tregenna pasties and Cornish cream teas – all are essential experiences too… enjoy!!
We adore the view of St Ives bay from the living area and balcony, perfect for chilling with a good book or glass of wine. Our spacious, bright, luxurious and contemporary apartment The Lighthouse accommodates 4 guests with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, TV, Wi-Fi and a parking space! Available year round through Cherished Cottages.
By Christine & Paul