We may be a small seaside town, but we pride ourselves on our ability to cater for everyone’s tastes in our unique “St Ives foodie style!” This blog focuses on those of us who have chosen to follow a plant-based Vegan diet and lifestyle, and as you will discover below, there are plenty of venues in St Ives which you can visit to enjoy a “Vegan Feast”.
Here are a few of our favourite evening eateries for you to try, all have lovely Vegan options on their main menus:
The Mex – This is St Ives’ only Mexican restaurant (be sure to call ahead and book and explain your dietary requirements). Their menu includes such treats as the Veggie/Vegan Combo dip starter: lime & coriander hummus, pico de gallo, spicy chipotle and guacamole, served with tortilla chips. Yum!
This popular harbour front eatery has a fabulous four vegan dishes on its main menu all year round – including the ever popular “Tofu-Fish N Chips”. This family friendly restaurant has stunning Harbour views too.
What could be nicer than Thai Tapas style street food with view? In the Thai language, Talay is a neat little word that means both sea view and street food – who knew! This rising star on the St Ives culinary scene has an extensive array of vegetarian and vegan dishes for your delight! Once again, make sure you book & specifiy your dietary needs in advance, they are understandably very busy. They also offer a Takeaway service, if you prefer to dine at home.
This trendy eco-friendly seasonal (re-opening at the end of March) restaurant has a fantastic array of Vegan burger and side options. Their incredible vegetarian and vegan burgers are handmade using organic black beans; generous amounts of walnuts; turmeric, cracked black pepper and heaps of other good stuff. For those of you with nut allergies they can hand make a fabulous tofu burger. On top of this, all their vegetarian and vegan burgers can be enhanced with grilled marinated tempeh? Wow!
And a trip to St Ives wouldn’t be complete without a meal at The Bean Inn, Carbis Bay’s well-established vegetarian/ vegan restaurant. The ultimate way to soak up ‘The Bean Inn vibe’ is to eat in their intimate, candlelit restaurant. With St Ives being such a haven for artists, eating in the restaurant gallery is an apt way to relax, unwind and enjoy your meal and the art on display. The aim in the restaurant is to offer some of the tastiest vegetarian and vegan dishes from around the world. Bringing you the best flavours means using the best quality ingredients, using local, organic and seasonal produce whenever possible.
If you are looking for a lunch, or a snack, here are a few of our favorite daytime vegan “quick-fix” hot-spots:
With our nearest Greggs over 60 miles away, (so no Greggs best-selling Vegan Sausage roll available in the town), fear not, we have an alternative! The Allotment Deli in Fore Street sell their own amazing vegan pies, salads, soups, cakes and (of course) sausage rolls, why not give these a try when you are down?
The Market Place Tea Rooms do a mean Vegan Cream Tea! And have a great selection of Vegan cakes, a perfect way to pass a lazy afternoon people watching in the busy square.
Visit Delices Du Monde for a takeaway vegan lunch it’s a sure-fire winner – they have a cooked vegan takeaway dish every day and have a salad and homemade sushi bar! And their little shop sells plenty of Vegan goodies and treats for later in the day!
In the main street we have a large Wetherspoons – with their PETA award-winning teriyaki noodles and vegan burgers and breakfasts with reasonable prices and quick service, perfect for a lunch-stop.
Pizza Express serves vegan pizza and salad, perfect for lunch. Served up with an amazing view of the Harbour, in the summer they even open the large windows, bringing the outside in!
For an “alternative” vegan lunch, why not take a drive to Sennen and pay a visit to “The Vood Bar” a funky street food van with amazing food, be sure to go early as they sell out quickly! Check on their FaceBook page for the opening time & location. Fantastically popular with both locals and visitors. They occasionally run a “pop-up” night (or day) at the stunning Trerife House – this is a Vegan event not to be missed!
And, finally, if you fancy stocking up your fridge in your holiday home there is a lovely local shop selling all kinds of Vegan and organic goodies called Ayr Supply Stores. Located in the higher part of town, this quirky corner shop is always worth a visit if you are looking for a certain item.
If this blog has “tickled your taste buds” and you fancy culinary trip around St Ives, why not give us a call in the office on 01736-490640 to discuss your perfect holiday requirements 🙂
We look forward to your call,