A GUIDE TO ST IVES: WHERE TO EAT, STAY AND VISIT
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:38 30 August 2017
We reveal some of the best restaurants to visit and accommodation to stay in when visiting thepopular seaside destinationthis summer.
There’s plenty on offer in St Ives – surrounded by outstanding views of the bay, there is an abundance of opportunities for seaside dining, surfing and a comfortable night’s sleep, the only difficulty is trying to narrow it down!
Fine dining in St Ives
You don’t have to walk far to find a fantastic restaurant in St Ives as there are many scattered along the harbour front. Here are five of our favourite places to eat.
The Firehouse, Fore Street, 01736 799 664
Depending on where you sit, you can enjoy your supper overlooking the harbour or onto one of the bustling, cobbled streets of St Ives. Whether you fancy succulent rotisserie chicken, premium flame-grilled steaks or a local seafood dish, the Firehouse has a variety of delicious items on the menu to suit your taste and needs. There is a fantastic selection of wines to accompany your meal too.
The Hub, The Wharf, 01736 798 899
Well established on the harbour front, the Hub is a dog friendly bar and eatery with trendy vibes, laid back music and welcoming staff. There is a wide selection of tasty gourmet burgers to choose from and an extensive cocktail list to enjoy whilst you observe the scenic harbour.
The Rum & Crab Shack, The Wharf, 01736 796 353
The Rum & Crab Shack does exactly what it says on the tin. There is a vast menu of international rums to choose from, made by some of the best rum makers across the world. On the menu you’ll find the brilliant crab burger, lobster macaroni and moules mariniere, but if you don’t fancy fish then the jerk chicken is a tasty alternative.
Café Pasta and Pizzeria, The Wharf, 01736 798 899
With an Italian inspired menu, there is a selection of stone baked pizzas, fish and pasta dishes on the menu at Café Pasta. If you can squeeze in dessert, we think the dark chocolate and orange mousse is a very delicious way to finish off your meal.
As a winner of the Cornwall Tourism Awards’ Restaurant of the Year’ in 2010, it may come as no surprise that you need to book in advance to eat at this beachside cafe – however it is well worth the wait. When the sun is out make sure you enjoy alfresco seafood dining on the terrace with uninterrupted views across St Ives bay.
The perfect accommodation in St Ives
Whether you’re staying in St Ives for the evening, a weekend or even a week, there is a plethora of luxurious accommodation in the town to rest in comfort and style.
If you are looking for luxury, Carbis Bay Holidays have a large selection of four and five star self-catering properties to choose from - a few of which are dog friendly. With many of the holiday cottages boasting spectacular views and short walks to St Ives, you’ll never be far from the outstanding scenery of the bay.
Located only a fifteen minute walk from St Ives, the Tregenna Castle has eighty uniquely decorated bedrooms to relax in after a fun day at the beach. Not only does the Castle have stunning views over the town, but you can also take advantage of the indoor and outdoor leisure facilities available, including a swimming pool.
Carbis Bay Hotel
Guests can enjoy the luxurious surroundings of Carbis Bay, the spectacular views overlooking their privately owned Blue Flag beach as well as their stylish C Bay Spa. Don't feel like leaving the hotel? You can enjoy the sunshine poolside too.
Things to do in St Ives
From young couples to whole families – there is entertainment to suit everyone in this coastal town. Here are three of our favourite things to do whilst staying in St Ives.
Catch some waves at the Sunset Surf School, 01736 752 575
Only a ten minute drive from the centre of St Ives, the surf school based on Gwithian beach provides a range of surfing experiences for all abilities. If you wish to learn to surf in a fun and positive teaching environment then this is a great place start. The price of a private lesson starts at £40 and this includes wetsuit and surfboard hire.
Paddleboard around St Ives Bay, 01736 793 938
The relatively new phenomenon of paddleboarding or SUP’ as it is also known is ever growing in popularity and the St Ives Surf School is the idyllic location to have a go. Not only is it a great way to exercise, you can also explore the breathtaking views of the bay too.