Eating out in St Ives in 2020!

1st July 2020

St Ives has a fantastic reputation as a great place to eat out – and we’ll second that!


You can check out TripAdvisor or read the restaurant reviews; however, you can’t beat a personal recommendation from food-loving locals. Of course, the restaurant scene is a bit different in St Ives this summer. Here’s our guide to finding the best food in St Ives in July 2020.

Food with a view

For incredible food in the most beautiful locations, try one of the trio of cafés run by the Porthminster Group. The Porthminster and Porthgwidden cafés are located on their eponymous beaches, while Porthminster Kitchen is on the seafront. All are open from 4 July, and all bookings must be made via the OpenTable website (links from each restaurant’s website).

4 seater table situated directly in front of large window looking over the beach and sea.Source: Porthminster Cafe


There’s also the stunning Porthmeor Beach Café, which is just below Tate St Ives and a must for tapas. Book well in advance to try and secure a heated outdoor booth. Their website clearly explains their current booking and dining arrangements.

Seafood in St Ives 

For a special occasion, visit One Fish Street, which offers a single tasting menu. Their sustainably caught fresh fish is sourced from Wild Harbour, and is absolutely exquisite. There’s a booking form on their website. Looking for something a bit different? Book a table at the Rum & Crab Shack on Wharf Road. It’s not just rum and crab (although how can you resist?).

The Mermaid on Fish Street has been offering incredible paella platters for take-out during lockdown, and have now reopened for diners. To book a table at this welcoming restaurant, please drop them an email. The Cellar Bistro on Fore Street has a varied menu including local fish. See their website for booking details.

Chilled-out Food in St Ives

Head for The Hub on Wharf Road for laid-back, American-style dining. Family-friendly and much-loved by locals, it’s a popular place. They’re taking online bookings for the first time (back in the day, you often had to queue for a table, so this is a bit of a bonus…).

We’re delighted that Blas Burgerworks in the Warren is reopening (see their website for details). Beer & Bird will be offering a mix of dining and click-and-collect from early July (no reservations, just walk in). Bier Huis Grand Café on St Andrew’s Street has a brilliant Belgian-style menu with classics such as moules frites, waffles, and of course, a superb beer menu.


4 different Blas burgers displaying a variety of different toppingsSource: Blas Burgerworks

Let’s just stay local…

A few minutes drive from the site, away from the bustle of St Ives town, you can try breakfast at Birdies Bistro or classic pub food at The Watermill (both Lelant), and don’t forget our friendly neighbour, The Halsetown Inn, walking distance from Polmaner.

Then of course, for those evenings after a busy day on the beach, you can always just unwind at Polmanter with a meal from our very own Stable Bar and Restaurant… This season, for the safety of guests and staff, we’re operating as a take-away. Freshly made, Cornish food just a short stroll from your pitch, and you can pop in to grab your favourite tipple from our renovated bar… Perfect.


Between us, the Polmanter team has an encyclopedic knowledge of local pubs, takeaways, restaurants and cafes. If you want any more recommendations, please just ask us.

Bar renovation