Restaurant Recommendations – St. Ives, Cornwall

A visit to St. Ives in Cornwall is now an annual ritual for us. We went last year, this year and hope to visit next year too! We always choose to stay at Primrose House, as it is close to the beach and train station but still tucked away in a quiet area so you are away from the hustle and bustle. Last time, we visited some fabulous restaurants in St. Ives that you can read about here. For this trip, add the following three to your list of recommended restaurants in St. Ives.

The Seafood Cafe

Situated on the popular Fore Street, the restaurant mainly focusses on fish and seafood dishes. We kicked off with some Salt and Pepper Squid, Seared Scallops and King Prawns followed by mains of Beer Battered Fish and Chips and Crab Linguine. We highly recommend the scallops and prawns! @seafood_cafe_st_ives

The Loft

Often voted one of the best restaurants in St. Ives, we had a really enjoyable meal here. We ordered Salmon Sashimi and The Loft Chowder, followed by Hake Fillet with a yellow curry emulsion, samphire, cucumber and herb salad. The chowder was divine and a must order. On a sunny day, their terrace is a fantastic spot for a long lunch or dinner. @theloftrestaurantstives

Porthgwidden Beach Restaurant

From its beach-side location to their delicious tapas dishes perfect for a light summery meal, Porthgwidden Beach Restaurant definitely ticked all our boxes. We tucked into their Charcuterie Taster Plate, Crispy Fried Squid; Newlyn Crab Nachos; Tempura Prawns, Porthgwidden Meatballs, all paired with St.Ives Focaccia and a Porthgwidden Caesar Salad. It was definitely our favourite meal of the trip. @Porthgwiddenbeach

The Upper Deck

If you are after sundowners, this is the perfect spot to catch some sunshine with views of the harbour. Part of the Sloop Inn pub, it has its own separate entrance, bar and service.We tested it out and can confirm that the terrace got great afternoon sun from 12-3 and then evening sun around 6pm, if you are planning to visit. Walk ins only. 

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